The Time Machine is one of those boards when you get on it you instantly know it’s a snowboard and that it’s going to not jerk you around or not do things you want. We rode it, we reviewed it, and now you can read about it.
Board: Salomon Time Machine
Camber Option: Cross Profile. Camber between the feet into rocker in the tips. Your standard camrocker.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A storm had rolled through and dropped between 4 and 6 inches of snow on top of the sun baked crust underneath. The sun was poking through, the temps were warm, and the wind was a little blustery.
Flex: This board has that feel of an all mountain freestyle board that can handle the park just as much as it handles the park. Over all it’s stiffer than a mid flex but not by much and the tips do have a fair amount of play right around the up-kick.
Stability: While not an overly damp board it is still lively and stable at speeds and in chundery terrain. Getting it into washed out ruts full of crusty snow it never once faltered. If you want to charge a groomer there is no fear of this thing chattering.
Ollies: As it has an abundance of regular camber under foot you can snap some serious pop with this on natural terrain or obstacles. The camrocker profile really makes for easy pop initiation as you’re mobbing through varying terrain which adds to the overall playfulness of the board.
Pop On Jumps: Come in hit the lip and snap. That’s it and you’re golden. The camber gives the snap you want while the rocker makes it so you don’t have to pre-load the tail.
Butterability: The sweet spot in the tips is just a hair before the up-kick. Hitting this spot on really gives the board a lot of play and you can press hard into it to get the desired effect. Is it a butter machine? No, but it can handle its own.
Jibbing: This is what I call a high speed jib board you want to come in as fast as possible, press or slide, and then get off the feature. Why? Because this board isn’t made to exclusively jib, it’s just there to handle it. The flex does make you work a bit for it.
Carving: The sidecut on this is designed to rail tight hard turns and get real low. If you want to Euro-carve go for it and don’t worry about it. If you want to just do a tight set up turn and be lazy, then it has you covered.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to play around on the whole mountain, rail turns, not afraid to ride pow or even go on the quest to find it, and will do it all.
Personal Thoughts: There might be a slight setback with this board but you won’t notice it. This board is a downgraded Mans Board but don’t let that dissuade you from looking at it, in my opinion this is what 99% of people that think they want the Mans Board actually need. It’s a solid ride and while it doesn’t master everything it does them exceptionally well making it a great choice for an all mountain board.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Salomon Snowboards Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.