Board: Salomon Assassin
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Rocker in the tips, camber under feet that creates an elevated point to a flat area between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Light snow falling on and off, gray skies with sun poking through, and left over untouched groomers here and there that were fast.
Flex: A true middle of the road consistent all mountain freestyle flex. There’s a bit more give in the tips where you would expect it (starting half way between the inserts and the tail kick), stiffer under foot, and a bit more give between the feet. The torsional flex is equal to the lateral flex.
Stability: This board is mildly damp but still lively. This allows for chatter to be absorbed before resonating back to the riders feet. In varying terrain at varying speeds it never once wanted to wash out or buck me.
Ollies: This board has snap. Want to pop off a wind lip? No problem. Slow sign in your way? Just go over it. You can load this board up like traditional camber to get the desired pop, or you can ride fast and loose and skate pop off or over anything without having to load it up.
Pop On Jumps: This board can send jumps with ease. It sucks up the tranny and boosts off the lip without any effort. Small to large jumps are not a problem.
Butterability: The broader profile in the tip coupled with the rockered area give this board a great surface to butter on. Getting sideways and spinning all over are easy enough. This board has rebound out of butters, but not so much it will overwhelm you.
Jibbing: I wouldn’t recommend slow speed jibbing on this board, but it can be done. This board excels more at high speed precision tricks. Presses are easy and as mentioned above, the surface area just locks in without any effort.
Carving: Get low, flex your knees inward, and drive this board hard through the arc of the carve. If you want to be aggressive with your turns, then by all means be aggressive. If you want to be more relaxed then be relaxed. This board has no problems being on edge while cruising from one side of the mountain to the other.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle rider that will spend equal amounts of time in the pow as well as on groomers and in the park.
Personal Thoughts: This board does not disappoint. It pops when you need it to. It locks into presses without effort. It was just a pleasure to get back onto something this smooth, lively, and yet still stable.
Comparable Boards: Nitro Suprateam, Rossignol Angus, Gnu Riders Choice.
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