If it’s the unique beer inspired graphics that draw you to the Salomon Man’s Board it is the incredible performance that will make you a happy customer. Despite having Cork and Bamboo sidewalls the Man’s board is built like a brick shit house and the sturdiness doesn’t stop with the construction, the flex is really firm meaning smaller riders will either need to get down to the gym or get drinking Guinness and eating pies before the season starts. Power is the name of the game with the Man’s Board it takes some effort to ride it but the reward is that for all-mountain riders there aren’t many directional twins that ride as hard and fast on sketchy snow and steep bumpy terrain with such smoothness. Man up and buy one… but if you’re a good rider; this board is not for anyone who isn’t advanced or expert.
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Skinny pant wearing, knock kneed rail killer Jed Anderson dominates the urban handrail and jib scene on the Salomonder. The Salomonder’s fundamentals are sound; it has a soft flex and zero camber profile for easy presses and maximum board on rail contact. Durability is another important consideration, with rubber dampening placed under the edges to help minimise dreaded edge cracks and the No Chip Tips cutting down the risk of de-lams, the odds are this would be the only snowboard to survive a nuclear explosion… or Jed’s riding.
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The Grace is a sized down, soft flexing snowboard with a twin shape designed for young and small women who want to get on a snowboard and give the best sport on the planet a whirl. It’s not full of gizmos and gimmicks; it’s basic but well built.
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Competent female riders getting into freestyle snowboarding and looking for a board to aid their progression should take a look at the Salomon Gypsy. With its medium/soft flex, rocker profile and true twin shape the Gypsy provides a good blend of performance and leaner friendly features. For the more experienced femme-fatal the Popster core, sintered base and Royal Rubber Rails will make sure you hit kicker landings in the sweet-spot and that landing in boardslides won’t crack the board’s edges.
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All of the features of the Drift Rocker like the Equalizer sidecut, Aspen Light core and Royal Rubber Rails, but with Hook Free camber instead of a rocker profile for the traditionalists.
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Not all directional cambered snowboards flex like ironing boards, the Salomon Popstar is a great example of a directional twin shaped freestyle snowboard that is designed to offer performance without feeling like you strapped into a 5-inch thick oak door. Lively and precise camber performance with a fun freestyle flex.
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This year the Salomon Lark has become more freeride orientated, blending a tapered directional shape with Salomon’s Cross profile which fuses camber with early rise tips. Royal Rubber Rails make for a smoother ride on hard, crusty snow and the Medium firm flex means the Lark has the guts to stick the scariest drops. The Lark also features Salomon’s Equalizer sidecut.
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So this year Salomon added the aptly named Man’s Board to the boys range, but the girls haven’t been hard done by, actually they’ve done rather well with addition of Annie Boulanger’s board of choice, the Idol. The Idol is as high-tech as female snowboards get, the directional twin shapes’ blunted tips and early rise tips mean the IDOL works well in powder, but the Quadratic sidecut and majority cambered profile assure plenty of grip on icy days. Lively bamboo and damp cork are included in the construction and Salomon’s Popster core adds to the power and pop of the Idol. The Idol is best described as a slightly relaxed Man’s Board, still offering top all-mountain performance but softened up for the lighter female form.
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The Spark offers many of the features of the more expensive Gypsy. The biggest changes are the use of a traditional radial sidecut instead of Salomon’s Equalizer sidecut and the downgrading of the base from a sintered ptex to an extruded plastic. The Spark would make a great beginner’s snowboard or a fantastic jib and urban board for more experienced female riders.
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The Salomon Lilly is the board that Britain’s slopestyle master Jenny Jones chooses to lay down her X Games winning runs on. The Lilly has a medium flex, not too soft so that it feels stable on 20 meter table tops and can stick landings that aren’t landed on the bolts, but not so stiff that it doesn’t work on technical rails and jibs.
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New to the fold this season, the Oh Yeah is Salomon’s latest kicker and rail board for women and it’s priced incredibly competitively. As you’d expect from a freestyle focused board the Oh Yeah has a true twin shape, Salomon’s Press-sure rocker profile and Easy Press core for dialling nose presses and 5-0s down park and urban rails. To add to that, the edges are damped with Royal Rubber pads and bevelled to take the risk out of board slides. The Oh Yeah also features Salomon’s unique Equalizer sidecut.
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It might be entry level to Salomon but the Ace is as has many features as some brands flagship boards. Designed as a do everything snowboard for beginners and intermediates the tip-to-tail wood core and Hook Free profile are there to give the Ace life and its rider the edge skills you can only learn from a cambered board. The edges have rubber dampening to help with stability and confidence at speed and the shape is a directional twin, adding versatility for riding all sorts of terrain and snow conditions.
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The Titan is Salomon’s directional all-mountain snowboard designed for intermediates who want a more freeride orientated snowboard to take their carving on groomers and powder riding to the next step. Featuring Salomon’s Cross-Camber profile with early rise tips and a slightly tapered shape, powder will be second nature on the Titan. Ghost XY Basalt stringers keep the Equalizer sidecut gripping on icy slopes and the Rubber rails are there to help eliminate any unwanted chatter.
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Could this be the coolest release of the 2011/12 season? Based on a similar shape to the legendary Salomon Sick Stick, this tapered twin has Pow Rocker for an extra floaty ride and the Popster Core for super big ollies. For those backcountry freestylers sick of back leg burn, get your fangs into the Powder Snake.
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Do you like riding straight? Down blue runs, down red runs, down black runs, down 45 degree powder faces, down couloirs with jagged rocks along either side like teeth ready to tear you limb from limb? Well then the Burner might be the board for you. I had the pleasure of riding the Burner at the start of last season. Verging on the most stable board I have ever ridden; the stiff flex, long effective edge, shallow sidecut and long nose uplift mean that the Burner can feel pretty boring unless you traveling at mind melting speeds. If you are a big mountain rider looking for a more stable board for bigger faces the Burner is as high performance and dependable as it gets.
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The Salomon Sick Stick is the twin powder stick that appears to have become a permanent feature under Salomon’s team rider Josh Dirksen’s feet. Despite its twin shape (at least with regards to nose and tail lengths), a good helping of taper and a flat profile with early rise tips make the Sick Stick the perfect powder board.
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This year the Salomon Special got the chop and in its place as the flagship all-mountain snowboard of the Salomon offering is the all new XLT. Ghost construction makes the XLT the lightest board Salomon make, XY carbon reinforcement and a snappy camber profile keep the ride responsive and lively and a firm flex and Quadratic sidecut keep the edges buried into the snow, no matter hard you are pushing it. Pair the XLT up with the Caliber bindings and F40 boots for a featherweight and responsive package that matches nicely with the XLT’s yellow and black colour way!
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All manner of kids boards have hit the shelves this season. The Fierce is a pure twin, zero camber ride with forgiving low density biaxial fibreglass for easy butter tricks and fewer rail edge catches. Everything about the Fierce is designed to get kids sticking insane tricks without the bumps and breaks adult learners have to soldier through.
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If your wallet has taken a bit of a pounding recently but you’ve just discovered snowboarding and you want to purchase your first snowboard you could do far worse than the Salomon Pulse. The Pulse has a directional twin shape , zero camber profile and a slightly softer than medium flex making it a great choice for those riders who want to learn tricks in the terrain park, race their friends down to the lodge at the end of the day or get up early and make the most of catching edges in deep, deep powder.
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If camber is your bag and the zero camber of the Salomonder doesn’t float your boat, but you need a board that is soft and forgiving for getting your jib on, the Sanchez is the board in the Salomon line-up with your name on it. A flexi park twin with tons of rail friendly features and a lively camber profile.
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The Drift was a surprise performer in our King of Jib video last year, taking an upper mid table position and beating better known jib thoroughbreds like K2’s World Wide Weapon and the Academy Propaganda. The overwhelming opinion was that the Drift Rocker is a great park board more than capable of kicking it with the jib boards on the rails.
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The Acid slips into the Salomon range so naturally that it could go un-noticed. If a medium/soft flexing reverse camber snowboard with Royal Rubber Rails and Salomon’s lively Popster core profile sounds like your ticket then check-out the Acid. The only thing trippy about this Acid is the mind melting graphic and the Equalizer sidecut which instead of a circular radius has three straight sidesÖ weird.
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When the manufacturer’s description reads “Wolfgang Nyvelt created this powder-hungry park board for on and off-piste performance”, you know the Grip is going to rip. Last year our tester Ben rated it as his favourite park ride of the week and he didn’t even get to test it in the powder where the Grip’s Pow Rocker profile (early rise tips) will make light work of keeping afloat.
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The staple freestyle snowboard in the Salomon line for almost a decade now, and much revered by Salomon’s team of riders, the Official is legendary in its own right. For full-on freestyle snowboarders, keen to hit any transition be it a superpipe, a backcountry booter or just a bizarre transition you found whilst cruising through the sidecountry this board is going to deliver the performance you need to hit it. The Popster core takes care of ollie power, Hook Free camber takes the twitchiness out of thousand mile an hour run-ins and there are Rubber Rails for those like Salomon rider Jamie Nichols who kill it on the rails too.
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With Dali inspired surrealist graphics Salomon’s Salvatore Sanchez gets off to a good start. The Press-Sure Rocker profile and soft buttery flex are all a jib artist needs to paint a bizarre combination of butters, spins and bonks using the mountain as a blank canvas for your masterpiece.
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Like the name suggests the Burner doesn’t hang around. Super light-weight construction and serious carbon reinforcement take care of the stiff flex and instant response while the Sintered EG base and tapered shape make sure you won’t get stuck however deep the powder gets or crash out no matter how choppy the couloir run-out you’re straight lining becomes.
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Ok so the Salvatore Sanchez is Salomons jib and park specific ride, the Drift is the park shred that’s capable on the whole mountain and the Grip is the powder and park booter destroyer. Which leaves a space for an urban jib noodle with more flex than a rubber band and spec that reads like it’s perfect for the task in hand, introducing the Salomon Salomonder.
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Shoot from the hip with the Salvatore Sanchez. The Salomon Salvatore Sanchez is the perfect snowboard for any gringos who want spend most of their time getting loco on jibs, rails and park kickers. The best thing, it’s not so weak and feeble that you can’t take it out of the park and get creative on the whole mountain.
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Salomon has made a couple of tweaks to the hugely successful Grip for 2011. The early rise nose and tail are now packaged with the Equalizer sidecut as Pow Rocqualizer. The early rise tips and low camber provide a little extra float for versatility in the deep stuff and a bit more pliability for jibs and short sharp transitions, and the Equalizer sidecut ensures edge pressure through each turn is distributed through the whole edge length. The Grip is a board with its snowboarding fingers in lots of pies. Take to the park or spend the afternoon playing about in the pow, as long as there is airtime involved the Grip has got your back.
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The Salomon Drift Rocker is a versatile little number. The Drift is fun on jumps, capable on groomers and surprisingly good on jibs and rails. In our recent King of Jib test the Drift beat off the likes of the Signal Park and K2 WWW to place joint 6th with the DC PBJ. If you’re an intermediate freestyler and you want to put all of your eggs into one basket (i.e buy one board for everything) the Drift Rocker is a great choice.
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Salomon’s flagship freestyle board the Official has been winning awards and pushing freestyle snowboard design for years. If you’re at the top of your game or just keen to take your riding to bigger transitions then it’s about time you called on the Official.
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Popstar by name rock n’ roll beast by nature. If you aspire to ride like Salomon patron and one of snowboarding’s greatest innovators David Benedeck then you may as well start by riding his deck. Everything about the Popstar is designed for powerful pop and lightweight performance whilst making sure the flex isn’t like an ironing board.
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The Salomon Gypsy doesn’t come with a caravan, read palms or want to tarmac your front yard. The Gypsy is Salomon’s premium women’s freestyle board. With more features than a fully spec-ed Winnebago the Gypsy is a great choice for female riders who want pure park performance.
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All-mountain versatility meets explosive kicker performance in the Riot. The zero camber profile provides that ridden-in deck feel and smooth powder performance and the Popster core profile and medium density biaxial glass mean there’s no sacrifice on the pop front. Whether the kickers you’re riding are in the park or in the backcountry the Riot will meet your needs. A snowboard for Intermediate to advanced riders who don’t want to be constricted to groomed transitions.
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Take the all conquering Salomon Ivy, replace the camber with wingtips camber with its early rise tips for easier turn initiation and you’ve got a snowboard that will meet the demands of a progressive intermediate through to experienced shred veteran. The Lark is also available in a rocker profile with a softer flex.
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Party popping park plank the Salomon Acid returns to the freestyle line-up for 2011 with an almost identical spec. Rocker, an Easy Press core profile and the Equalizer sidecut lend a forgiving nature to the Acid and Sintered base and Royal Rubber Rails make sure you get wherever you’re going in style and at speed.
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The Sick Stick is completely unique, it’s almost centered stance and relatively short running length are two characteristics which give you the impression that you should be packing a snorkel in your backpack for big powder days. Somehow the pointed tips, slight taper, powder rocker provide enough float for the deepest of days. To keep the ride lively Salomon have kept the flex medium stiff, introduced bamboo into the laminates, milled the core in the Popster profile and dropped the PTex sidewalls for stylish bamboo numbers. One hell of a looker, and if powder hound Josh Dirksen is riding it, you know it rips!
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Snowboard-Review has been singing the praises of bamboo in snowboard construction for a while now. The Salomon Answer combines the benefit of bamboo pop with Salomon’s Wingtips camber profile and the Popster core profile a truly explosive combination for experienced riders who like to go big and ollie bigger. You’ll never feel the cold greeting of a kicker knuckle ever again!
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Salomon rider, Bitish snowboarding superstar and twice US X-Games slopestyle winner Jenny Jones rides the Ivy. If Jenny chooses the Ivy to ride everything from 25 meter hard pack kickers to hips that send you 30ft into the air, it’s probably going to be good enough for you.
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The all-mountain Salomon Titan returns for a second season. This year the Titan won’t feature Salomon’s Equalizer sidecut, instead the Titan features a quadratic sidecut and the Wingtips camber, trust me this is a great move! For freeride and groomer cruising performance the Titan is now a good choice. The new black paint job will probably appeal to those intermediates who like the look of the Burner but know their limits.
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Lily is a nice girl. She’ll take you off jumps, make switch riding that little bit easier, slide you down some rails and guide you down some groomers. Female riders from beginner to pro will get-on with the Salomon Lily.
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Let’s keep this short. If you’re female ripper after a snowboard to dominate all the different types of terrain and conditions you’re likely to encounter on the mountain the Salomon Lotus probably isn’t the board for you. However, if you’re new to snowboarding and you’re after a snowboard that’s forgiving, easy to turn and going to help you nail the basics of snowboarding then the Lotus is your dream ticket.
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Ladies, if there are two things that are going to get you down it is riding a plank and dating one. Salomon might not be able to deliver to you the man of your dreams, but they can certainly sort you out with a top notch snowboard to improve your riding on. The Salomon Radiant is light, easy to ride and the Wingtip slightly early rise camber profile provides you with plenty of pop for getting airborne but reduces the risk of catching your edges. Now impress the lads in the park with your new skills and meet the man of your dreams… or just go and have fun.
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I’m probably right when I say you’re a little in the dark when it comes to the Salomon Special II. Well the Special has been doing the rounds for a couple of years, each year Salomon successfully lighten the Special and improve the base. Not surprising then that the illusive Special II has already been spotted on a number of riders flying out of the pipe at the New Zealand Open in Cardrona. A snowboard designed for experienced precision snowboarders who ride hard and fast.
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You don’t have to wear a leather cap and flying goggles to pilot this Ace, but you can if you like, we won’t judge you. The Salomon Ace is the all mountain offering for beginner and intermediate riders on a budget. With its medium flex, directional twin shape, quadratic sidecut and biaxial glass, the Ace is geared to help you push your riding whether it’s on the pistes, in the park or larking about in the powder.
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A medium/firm flexing and narrow freeride animal with lightening quick edge-to-edge response, incredible edge hold and a long nose with a tapered directional shape. The Salomon Titan is best suited to intermediate riders who love to aggresively rip the whole mountain in all snow conditions and want a board that’s more at home on the piste than in the park.
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The Official is extremely versatile, fun in the park and capable freeriding when conditions demand. Plenty of pop off kickers and a fairly narrow waist for improved response. Don’t be put off because top pro riders like David Benedek are riding it, snowboarders of all levels will enjoy riding the Official.
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Jenny Jones has been riding the Salomon Ivy from day one, with imput from riders like Jenny the current X-Games slopestyle champion, you know the Ivy delivers awsome female specific freestyle capability. This year the Ivy features all new, top tier GIFT tech with Salomon’s ABC Wrapper construction—reduces weight and toxic materials, keeps the flex smooth and poppy under the prettiest graphics we’ve ever seen.
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A Popster core profile for improved slow speed ollie amplitude and easy rail pressing has been paired to rubber rail damping for smooth rail landings and an aspen strong core material for improved durability, so you won’t have to return your board to the local shop after a weeks riding. Everything you need to jib the sh*t out of the park and your local street rails.
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A medium longitudinal and torsional stiffness, directional twin shape and 10mm setback stance, all make for a great board to ride everything from park to pow.
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A large sidecut radius for high speed laid out carves and a tapered shape and setback stance for extra float in powder. For high speed piste blasting the Burner has been loaded with Salomon’s Ghost Light core which utilizes foam and wood laminates to reduce core density, inter-woven tri-axial glass laminates with edge-to-edge carbon Y and X shape reinforcement selected for exceptional edge hold and minimal chatter and a ridiculously fast Zeolit sintered base. Freeride Nirvana!
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Scotty Arnold rides everything from the most technical rails to the biggest AK kickers. Scotty spends most of his time riding the Arnie 5000 in the park and on rails. With a mid-wide waste and shallow sidecut, rail setups and kicker run-ins are super stable, and rubber damping at the edges reduces the risk of hang-ups on the kinkiest of metal work. The Popster profile improves low speed pop for getting onto waist high hand rails at slow speeds and tweaking out those mad steeze presses.
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The Grip’s loaded with what Wolfgang wants. ABC Wrapper construction, Popster core profile and the fastest base Salomon make. Want to ride what one of the best rider’s in the world is on? Get a Grip.
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The new standard in freestyle powder boards and a leader in Eco construction the Sick Stick is the board you’ve been waiting for. Transworld rider of the year 2007 Wolle Nyvelt and the egg heads at Salomon put their collective genius together and created the ultimate shape for throwing shapes in the deep stuff. Revolutionary!
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