Board: Salomon Dancehaul
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Flat between the feet, camber under foot, and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny mostly bluebird skies, a little wind, warmer temps, slushy fast snow, with slightly firm groomers in spots, and chunder or ice depending where you went.
Flex: This board comes in just slightly below a middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex. You have a lot of play in the tips then a stiffer section through the insert packs with a lot of torsional flex.
Stability: For being as soft as it is the middle section of the board through the inserts is surprisingly stable to a point. Really big ruts and chundery conditions will cause you to get kicked around a bit. There’s chatter in the tips at speed and it does resonate back underfoot.
Ollies: With the setback of this board you get more snap from the outside of the back foot than through the middle of the camber section. The pop is there and it’s very consistent and predictable. When loading it up there’s almost no fight from the board which gives it a very skate like engagement.
Pop On Jumps: This board can boost a jump with ease. It snaps off the lip and wants to get in the air without worry. If you like hitting jumps whether small, medium, or large just send it.
Butterability: That rocker section in the nose and tail outside the camber is great for pressing on. It takes very little effort for this board to lock into a butter and it holds with very minimal fight. The tail section goes into wheelies with ease and you’ll notice the flex point right outside the rear insert pack.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses and while it can clap down once you find the sweet spot and lock it in you’re golden. There’s a little rebound from the camber section so expect that but also note that it does give you pop out of the feature. When going sideways it can feel weird due to the setback of the board as you will be off center so be aware you will be putting a tad more weight towards the back foot. The fex of the board does cradle the feature and stay locked in without clapping out.
Carving: This board rolls from edge to edge with ease and just snakes through a series of tight carves. You can drive this thing aggressively and get some power out of the tail, this is due in part to that flex point outside the rear binding it just gives you the drive to do what you need to do. When railing a carve you notice how easy it is to set it over and just feel it lock in. Overall this board can handle any carve variation.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle party boarder.
Personal Thoughts: This is one of those quintessential party boards that does it all. Sure the shape would say that it’s more suited to something else but it gets the job done on all front. It’s freestyle, its mellow freeride, it’s tapered, it carves, you can ride pow with it. The snap is solid and easy to engage which makes it playful yet poppy.
Comparable Boards: Rome Stale Crewzer, Kemper SR, Telos Mike Ranquet
Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Salomon Hologram, Flux DS