Board: Salomon Assassin Pro
Camber Option: Rock Out Camber. Modern camber put into a camrock shell.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A mix of gray and sunny skies, some wind, colder temps, pow, chop, chunder, and corduroy.
Flex: This board sits past a middle of the road all mountain flex. While it is predictable you do get more play in the tips then a noticeably stiffer mid section compared to the regular Assassin. The torsional flex is there and while not overly demanding it does get the job done.
Stability: The mid section of the board is the most stable obviously but the tips aren’t limp ass noodles either. You do get some chatter but it’s never enough that you feel it overwhelming your front leg as you charge a groomer. In rutted out terrain it is more noticeable so keep those knees bent.
Ollies: This board wants to pop but it takes a little more effort to load it up. You notice right away that when you load the camber section it takes a split second to engage the rocker in the tail to create a springboard. Can it pop? Hell yeah it can. Is everyone going to get the most out of it? Nope, so don’t skip leg day or learning the fundamentals of loading a board up.
Pop On Jumps: This is where it stands out compared to the regular counterpart. It’s got more snap which means more boost and the ability to handle larger features. This deck wants to get up in the air that’s for sure so take it to the big line and send it.
Butterability: While you do have to muscle this board a little bit to engage the tips that rocker section does make it easier than a full camber board. So get your weight out over the nose or tail and press into it and get weird. Just be aware that it wants to fight you and may get a little hooky at times.
Jibbing: Speed is your friend here. You want to go a little faster and press a little harder to do nose and tail presses. When you hit the end of the feature expect that camber section to rebound and pop you. Going sideways it slightly cradles the feature but mostly is doing a balancing act unless you’re disastering down on the feature.
Carving: The edge to edge transmission is smooth and fluid. When you push into the center of the board out through the tail you can rail a hard carve, or at least I could since the snow was soft, riding ice is a different story with this sidecut. Overall this board can carve when you need it to whether doing short quick set up turns or long hard drawn out ones. You can even Euro-carve it when you need to.
Rider in Mind: Higher end all mountain freestyle guy.
Personal Thoughts: There is a definite difference between this and the regular Assassin. You can feel it in the pop and flex when you’re loading up to ollie a fat skier kid or driving a hard carve. The downside is that sidecut on ice, but as I was riding good snow I didn’t have to worry about it.