Board: Salomon Assassin Pro
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. A flattened out camber that comes down into a rocker zone right before the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, moderate wind, warmer temps, a mix of slush and chunder with some ice thrown in for measure, and perfectly groomed corduroy.
Flex: This board comes in just above a middle of the road flex and I mean just above it. There’s play in the tips but it stiffens up under the insert packs through the middle. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex to it which makes it easy to twist and drive the board.
Stability: This board is fairly stable. In really rutted out terrain at high speeds the board does buck around a bit. You’ll notice chatter in the tips, with a hair more in the nose just due to the slightly directional twin shape. Micro vibrations are there but the guts do a fairly solid job of minimizing them.
Ollies: This board has some really easy to engage snap. It takes minimal effort to load it up and when you do the rebound is there. Sidehits, cat track gaps, small children, they all become launch ramps if you want them to.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps of all sizes. It’s got the pop you want for small to large and the stability to leave a dent in the landing as you fall out of the sky.
Butterability: The tips are playful. You can press into them and swivel and sizzle till the cows come home. Slow speeds or high speeds it doesn’t matter.
Jibbing: There’s a sweet spot right out where the camber zone ends and the rocker starts that you want to lock into. When you do it will hold a press till you want to pop out of it. Getting sideways on a feature it locks in and hugs it perfectly.
Carving: The sidecut on this board is dialed, it rips a carve. You can drive into the center of this board and load it up to push the tail through a carve. It rolls from edge to edge with ease and does a great job of staying locked in.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider with a freestyle flair, or a Rad Dad.
Personal Thoughts: This board is super fun. It’s got snap and response where you want it but it’s stable where you need it. It’t not dead and damp which just makes the overall ride that much better.
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