Sometimes when put into a position of a good deal and necessity you find yourself presented with an option that overwhelms you with elation. The Grip was just this as I needed a new park stick that could handle the whole resort as I dart from peak to peak. Here’s a closer look at a deck I think is still highly underrated.
Board: Salomon Grip
Camber Option: Pow Rockqualizer so super elongated tip and tail kicks with some rise to it and flat between the bindings. Basically a three stage rocker.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB
My Weight: 160
Resort: Copper, Keystone, Breckenridge
Conditions: Bluebird, overcast, crap, hero snow, some pow
Preconceived Notions: I was a bit apprehensive to drop down to a 154 seeing as I felt the 157 rode smaller than it was, but knowing that I’d be devoting this board 90% of the time to nothing but park riding I figured it was a safe bet.
Flex: Somewhere in the land of stable enough to land a jump but still soft enough to get your press on.
Stability: For being a smaller deck this thing is actually surprisingly stable when charging and great off jumps.
Ollies/Pop: Having bamboo in it gives it great pop and the tip and tail shape coupled with the rocker really let you pop like on a skateboard. Probably my new favorite deck for popping nollies.
Butterability: Rocker makes everything better, there is a real sweet spot in this deck that lets you just press and press and press some more.
Cruising: On soft snow or hero snow it’s amazing, the second you hit some ice is when you’re like fuck me in the ass I just might die. Seriously lacking on the edge control on those conditions compared to other sidecuts that are out there.
Jibbing: Hit the sweet spot you’re golden, miss it well then you’re doing half assed presses.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a deck that can get them around the mountain but is a twin for when conditions are less than ideal so they can go play in the park.
Personal Thoughts: I knew what I was getting into when I bought this deck but I needed something ASAP and this board has been on my radar since last February. This board makes it like skateboarding around the mountain and it’s surprisingly well on transitions which threw me through a loop. Over all I’m stoked on its park performance, but the fact it licks donkey balls on ice is disappointing. The Equalizer could probably be tweaked and moved a hair more underfoot to give you better control.
What They Say: A Freestyle Frankenstein! Slice a dash of Veteran Team rider Wolfgang Nyvelt’s pow-annihilating, Sick Stick style together with unreal Rookie Harrison Gordon’s insane You Tube runs through the jib park at Big Bear and you got the GRIP. The surgically scientific Twin shape with ABC construction leaves 25% less plastic on the operating table and features Ridiculously Long Nose Kick (RLNK) for a Rocker-inspired ride. Scare small ollies away with ollie-blasting Popster. A smooth and stable EQ sidecut board, meet our newest all-mountain monster!