Board: Salomon HPS Louif Paradis
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Camber 2.0 with rocker in the tips making it a more mellow camrocker.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies with high visibility, snow falling at times, low winds, cool temps, fresh snow on and off the run, and dust covered corduroy.
Flex: This board is a little past middle of the road in terms of its overall flex. What you get is a little more play in the tips then a stiffer section from just outside the inserts through the middle with a noticeable torsional flex that still retains its rigidity.
Stability: There is some chatter in the tips at speeds and it does resonate back under foot a bit. The mid section of this board is predominately the most stable section which makes sense with the flex and camber profile. In really rutted out choppy terrain this board does cut through everything but your knees will be working for you to stay upright so prepare yourself for that. It’s a more lively than damp board.
Ollies/Pop: So when you load the camber up it activates the rocker and that’s where the spring comes from. That is nice in powder as you can get those solid launches off a pow hit with ease. With that said on firmer snow it takes a bit more effort than you would think for it to engage, that’s not a bad thing, but be aware of that. At the end of the day it’s not the snappiest deck in this category I’ve been on but it also isn’t the worst.
Butterability: That rocker in the tips is nice for buttering around and you can feel a flex point right where the camber meets it. This is where you want to get your weight out over and press into it. When you do you get some solid butters, when you don’t well they’re soggier than your corn flakes in the morning.
Carving: This board has a smooth and consistent roll from edge to edge. You’ll notice that it takes very little effort to get it on edge but that once it’s on edge you feel it lock in right where the camber meets the rocker, there’s just a little added grip there. When you rail this thing hard you can really get over on edge with ease and lay a trench. The best type of carves on this are those medium hard ones that let you drive from one side of the run to the other with purpose. It leaves a trench when it needs to but can be light when you want it to be.
Rider in Mind: Powder focuses freestyle rider.
Personal Thoughts: So I went back and forth with whether this is a freeride or freestyle board. The best way to sum it up is a powder freeride freestyle board. It makes things a little more buttery and playful where you want it but still remains stiff enough to charge with and drive this board. Riding it in fresh pow I see where its capabilities are but found myself buttering around and popping off everything I could find. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a straight freestyle board nor a straight freeride board, but if I was looking for something that could handle a mix of all types of riding with a freestyle flare then I would grab this.
Comparable Boards: Spring Break Powder Twin, Marhar Lumberjack X, Libtech Golden Orca
Recommended Bindings: Salomon Alibi, Bent Metal Transfer, Rome DOD