Day two of the Loveland demo’s started off at Salomon. Wanting something softer to warm up with and jib I ended up on the Riot with the Codes.
Board: Salomon Riot
Bindings: Salomon Codes size large
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Some sun poking through little bit of wind
Mindset: Grab tindy for the kids
Tunes: Judas Priest
Preconceived Notions: Eh its unibody but Salomon makes some sick ass shit.
Flex: Softer than an Atomic Hatchet stiffer than a Artifact. Its a flex thats good for jibbing and hitting medium sized jumps.
Stability: I could feel the snow when riding with it. It wasn’t stable that stable when charging.
Ollies/Pop: Decent pop but not anything that wowed me. Throwing 180’s on it was a breeze.
Butterability: I could butter this thing like I was going across a muffin. I never really had a problem with any form of it.
Cruising: Edge to edge was fairly quick, but the flex killed it when trying to lay hard carves.
Jibbing: Locked into presses easily enough. Definitely solid when doing the few jibs Loveland had.
Rider in Mind: Park kid that doesn’t want a Sanchez.
Personal Thoughts: While stiffer than the Sanchez it really wasn’t by much and I wasn’t overly impressed with it.
Binding Compatibility: Salomon binding on a Salomon board imagine that. Anders had it set up in no time.
Binding Adjustability: Couple twists and the straps were adjusted. Pop the toe ramp out and voila.
Straps: I hate that Fast Fit toe strap they use. Can’t you just let me unstrap fully I don’t give a shit if it supposedly “Takes Longer” to ratchet down. Their toe cap works but it just seems so mediocre to me.
Highbacks: Way too soft for my liking. It flexed just way too much.
Binding Flex: Its a unibody binding and I’m not down with that uniform flex I like my heel cups to be a bit more rigid. Plus this binding was just soft all the way through.
Ratchets: Salomon ratchets I’ve always felt are solid. They do their job and go on easily.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid or a beginer that wants a softer binding.
Personal Thoughts: Not the binding for me its just too fucking soft and didn’t dampen how I would like.