Salomon Drift Rocker - 2011

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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.

Manufacturer's Description:

Improved Park Performance

Want the stability of traditional camber with catch free versatility of reverse camber? Get the Drift Rocker with a perfect twin shape, royal rubber shock absorption and graffiti-inspired graphics.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for rail riding Medium cost snowboard Rocker construction Twin shape

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
148, 152, 154, 156, 159

Riding Style: Freestyle/Park

Specifications:

Flex Rating 2/5
Twin shape
Equalizer sidecut
Royal Rubber Pads
Aspen Light Core
BA Medium Density Glass
Extruded EG Base
Standard Stone Grind
Reverse camber profile

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Salomon Drift Rocker

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What colour is powder?

Nick on February 03, 2011 at 07:16 AM

Just to correct the summary…  The Drift Rocker actually finished tied for 4th ( with the Lib Tech Skate Banana).  The board scored very well (80/100) in off-center landing and catchiness; and extremely well (90/100) in grip on ice, pop, and pressability.  Only downside is some feel it is a little stiff (about a 5/10 even though Salomon scores it a flex rating of 2) and unresponsive at low speed.

Here is the link to the 2011 King of Jib results - http://www.snowboard-review.com/tv/video_feature/king_of_the_jib_snowboards_2011_video/

I was torn between this board and the Ride Crush and was fortunate enough to get to demo both.  I felt the Salomon was superior in riding quality, had more pop, and just felt more durable.  So I shelled out the greenbacks and bought the 156 Drift Rocker (wear size 10 boot - probably would get the 159 if you wear a 11+). Now after riding this board for 2 months (75% park 25% groomers), mainly in Vermont, I agree ten-fold with the testers on this site.  This board shreds the entire mountain from groomers to pow to park.  It’s great in back country thanks to the rocker and really floats.  I don’t think I’ve ever ridden a rocker with so much pop in the park!  Clearing a gap is no problem as this deck really gets off the ground.  As to riding groomers and hardpack, any intermediate rider would really shred with the Drift Rocker.  Carving was a breeze at moderate speed.  The Equalizer sidecut is probably the next best thing to Magnetraction. 

Really this is a go anywhere do anything board and for $349 it represents a tremendous deal.  Rockers have come a long way in the past 2-3 years and Salomon has one of the bests hybrids in the business.  Definitely the board to get for your beginner to advanced-intermediate rider looking to take their all mountain freestyle to the next level.

Robb on February 28, 2011 at 03:16 AM

I am interested in getting this board. As of now i have rome artifact 144 (i’m a small kid!) Would anyone recomend this board? I want a board that is flexy and fun to ride. I mainly ride park on the east coast. (poconos) thanks!

MegaFaceKick on April 08, 2011 at 07:43 PM

I would recommend this board….its so playful…down steep groomers its not really too fun tho..nothing like my park pickle, but way lighter then the pickle…if you spend most of your time in the park…awesome board…decent pop on jumps….had great time on jumps…

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