Board: Salomon Craft
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. This board is camber under foot into a rocker in the tips. When the board is loaded it flattens out and you get an early rise (AKA Rocker) in the tips. Other companies call it CamRocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: A mix of sun and clouds with high winds at times. There was fresh snow to be had off the main runs and the snow that was on the groomed runs was firm and fast.
Flex: This board has a slightly softer flex, which puts it just below a middle of the road park board. The tips are playful but do have rebound right where the camber meets the rocker zone. Between the feet there’s more torsional give which gives the rider the ability to single foot flex the board or twist it as need be.
Stability: While not an overly stable ride it’s not so loose feeling you will get bucked on the smallest of terrain variation. Would you want to point a steep choppy line? No, but could you make it down it and not die? Yes.
Ollies: Now here is where this board excels, there is so much snap out of the tips. You want to pop a slow sign? Go for it. That roller begging to have a backside 180 thrown off it? You better believe you’re going to do it. Snap is the name of the game with this board and it doesn’t disappoint.
Pop On Jumps: Sucking up transitions this board feels like a softer flexing camber board on a lip. It pops exceptionally well and you don’t have to hesitate knowing you’re coming in to a jump.
Butterability: The off blunt shape and rockered tips allow for a great base platform for locking in ground presses. This board is meant for playing around on and in the snow. Doing pow butters came with ease and once on firm groomed surfaces it locked in without any issue.
Jibbing: The sweet spot for nose and tail presses is ample. There is definitely room to not be 100% calculated and locked in. Board slides are a breeze and it’s nice to feel the camber zone between your feet lock in.
Carving: The sidecut and flex pattern really let you drive the board through a carve. If you want to push it to the limit and center flex the board to get low and push it further through a carve, there isn’t anything stopping you. Can you over flex the board and wash out? Definitely, I did this twice. The sidecut isn’t hooky which makes it easier to transition from tight little carves into long drawn out ones.
Rider in Mind: The all-mountain freestylist that spends time outside the park having as much as they do in it.
Personal Thoughts: This board does feel different than last years. I didn’t feel the need to be as on top of how it rode like with the previous years model. It almost felt like I was riding a board I ride every day and know how it is going to react to every situation. Over all this is one of those boards that definitely does it all very well and can be ridden by anyone. The camber-centric profile isn’t overwhelming and gives a lot of room to be sloppy in your riding.
Comparable Boards: Interior Plain Project Harrow, Rome Agent Alek, DC Ply
This board was loaned to us for review from Salomon Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.