After finishing up on the Riot, Jay and I headed back to Salomon to snag another board. I talked with the reps and said I wanted something stiffer. In turn they pulled out a in the wrapper Bang Bang for me to rock.
Board: Salomon Bang Bang
Bindings: Salomon Calibers size large
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Overcast, windy, and some snow falling
Mindset: Need something more stable than the Riot
Tunes: Judas Priest
Preconceived Notions: This is basically the progression of their ERA tech and the older versions of their boards. I was stoked it was brand new and the edges weren’t hammered.
Flex: Stiffer in the tips and tails while having a bit more torsional give.
Stability: Super stable due to the stiffer flex. The ERA tech works how its supposed to by distributing pressure outwards. It also adds more dampening underfoot.
Ollies/Pop: Took a bit more than I was used to for it to pop. But once I got it going it wasn’t super hard to pop. Throwing off the edges was easy and solid enough.
Butterability: On the stiffer side so you had to fight butters a bit more. I could still get rotational butters around but it didn’t look that good.
Cruising: Edge to edge it was solid. Through carves you could rail it or just take it nice and mellow.
Jibbing: Little stiff for the jib side. Didn’t lock in how I wanted when I was pressing.
Rider in Mind: More of a jumper than a jibber. The kid that wants a stiffer board for hucking his meat.
Personal Thoughts: Not my cup of tea. While fun it would end up being too much work for me to ride it as a daily board.
Binding Compatibility: Rep set it up in no time. Salomon on a Salomon doesn’t get much better than that.
Binding Adjustability: The on the fly adjustments are pretty solid and quick.
Straps: I really hate that fast fit toe strap. Its just so retarded. The straps were beefier than the Codes and I liked that for my personal style.
Highbacks: Stiffer by a long shot and provided more support.
Binding Flex: The flex was stiffer throughout the binding. The nice thing was all the dampening it had, I was really into that.
Ratchets: Salomon ratchets are definitely not the most top end designed on the market.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a damp stiffer binding. Probably the guy that charges hard or a kid thats into hitting big line.
Personal Thoughts: Still not something I’d be interested in.