Oh the Salomonder a board that was built around the street style of riding from Chris Grenier and Jed Anderson. Is it too soft of a board for most mortal men to ride or could it be just right? Then again is the human PEZ dispenser Jed Anderson really a mortal man with his jib trickery? Here’s how this frisky little stunt stick rode.
Board: Salomon Salomonder
Camber Option: Flat like the landings Jed Anderson stomps
Bindings: Salomon Boss
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: Some shadows being cast on the trails on an otherwise sunny blue skied Colorado day.
Preconceived Notions: I remember the first time I saw this thing in person it was at the Loveland Demo the year before and I was informed not to even think about running off with it to ride it. From that day forth I knew I wanted to see what the hype was about this jibstick and why it was so magical.
Flex: Stiffer than you’d think for a jibstick. It wasn’t so soft it would just fold in half and not give you any support.
Stability: It’s still a jibstick so hard charging was a bit of an issue as you’d feel the transitions in the snow constantly.
Ollies/Pop: Poppier than you’d think for a board with a supposed flex rating of 1. Still not overly poppy or snappy.
Butterability: It’s a flat board with a low flex rating of course you could butter the muffin like there was no tomorrow.
Cruising: The softer flex mixed with the Equalizer sidecut wasn’t a lot of fun for trying to rail hard turns it would just buckle and wash out. This board is best at home in the streets or in a park where it’ll just skid from feature to feature.
Jibbing: Oh that sweet spot in the nose and tail for presses was just so impressive. Slam down and poof instantly locked in and having that broken in flex was just money in the bank.
Rider in Mind: Jed Anderson and Chris Grenier or one of their legions of clones. It’s a jib kid deck for sure.
Personal Thoughts: It’s stiffer than they claim which was a pleasant surprise. Over all for something on the softer end of the spectrum it made a great fuck around board but not something I’d want as a daily driver.
What They Say: You see things differently. You’re not going to show up and drop some predictable shit. Graphics, flat profile, no chip tips and sturdy construction hand selected by Jed Anderson and Chris Grenier.