Salomon Grip - 2011


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.

Manufacturer's Description:

Grip it and Rip it

It’s a pow board that handles crud, rails and jumps like it’s no big deal. Like to ride it wide? Try the new Grip in Magnum.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for halfpipe riding Recommended for rail riding Recommended for freeride riding High cost snowboard Available in Wide Rocker construction Twin shape Green or Eco Friendly construction

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
151, 154, 157, 160, 158W, 162W

Riding Style: Freestyle/Park


Flex Rating 3/5
Royal Rubber Rails
Twin shape
Equalizer sidecut
ABC Sandwich Construction
Popster Core Profile
BA Biaxial Medium Density + 30% Bamboo
Sintered EG Base
Medium Stone Grind
Powder rocker profile

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Snowboard Review:

The Salomon Grip is an absolutely awesome snowboard which will not let any rider down shredding the piste, smashing the pipe, ripping the park or charging the backcountry. A medium flex true twin which features Salomon’s equalizer sidecut, the Grip is super stable at speed, extremely snappy with loads of pop and super fun to butter and press.

This board feels very similar in many ways to Salomon’s flagship The Official, an extremely well respected piece of kit, and the Grip would make just as good a purchase for any intermediate to advanced riders. The Grip is a true twin, as opposed to the Official’s directional twin and for this reason I personally would choose the Grip over the Official. The board had loads of pop and was ultra responsive going slowly or at speed, was super stable on kicker run-ins but also pliable enough to get all kinds of Halldor Helguson style jib creations going on the rails. For the serious rider looking to choose next season’s board, the Grip would be a great choice as it is more than capable of dealing with any conditions and is a real go anywhere, do anything snowboard.

The 157cm felt great under my feet (I weigh 68kg) and is definitely on a short list of boards that I’ll be considering before I head back to the alps for next season. I would say this board is best for riders looking for high end performance combined with rocker technology and snappy freestyle capabilities. The Grip is a very similar board to the Nitro Team Gullwing (another board on my list) but with better graphics. The booming reputation of Salomon Snowboards will be further enhanced by this superb board, if you are thinking about buying the Salomon Grip, go for it, you wont be disappointed!

Posted by Ben Molloy in • Salomon

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What colour is powder?

Patrick on September 02, 2010 at 06:00 AM


I have recently been looking hard at the Jones Mountain Twin, Never Summer Sl, and Travis Rice C2BTX, however this board has also come to my attention. I am coming off of two seasons with a Lib Tech Skate Banana, that to me lacked a little in stability at high speed on steep terrain. Yet I love a true twin that has a centered stance for all mountain riding. Oddly enough I do not ride very often in the park any more, the rest of the mountain here in Montana is always to good to go and waste a day in the park anymore. It is for this reason that I want a true twin centered stance board but something stiffer and more stable than my skate banana. Could this be it?  You have ridden all the boards that I am considering, so what is your take on it. I want to ride it all over the mountain here in Montana on icy and powder days. Curious also if you could be more specific with the changes for this years 2011 Grip vs. last years 2010 Grip. I am having a hard time figuring it out and have heard a few people complain that last years was a bit to loose on the ice, much like my skate banana. So could you add some clarity and compare this Salomon Grip’s rocker style to that of Camrock, Never Summer’s R&C, Lib Tech’s C2BTX. I can not tell you how much I would appreciate your information on this, given that you have ridden all of the boards that I am considering. At the moment this board to me looks like it has a Camrock style rocker with a Never Summer style (vario grip) edge. Also let me know if you can where the flex would fall compared to the other boards in your opinion. How much of an all mountain quiver of one is this board for all conditions? Thanks Again

Mark on November 07, 2010 at 02:15 PM

Hi, I have read some reviews for last years grip saying that it lacked sufficient “grip” on ice. Does the equalizer side cut counter this sufficiently. I would love to take this board for a ride in the Alps, but a lot of times we do have some ice of and on the slopes and would hate to loose it on a hard patch.



nvansluy on November 24, 2010 at 06:23 PM

Re above two posts: I commented on last year’s Grip under that board’s listing. FYI, there is NO CHANGE with this year’s board (other than the graphics - last year’s were better imo.)

Last year’s had the equalizer sidecut as well. That works well on the cambered boards, not so well on this one, which is flat then rising to rockered tip/tail (I spoke to Salomon Canada’s rep about the equalizer btw).

I rcommend that you reread the first review from last year especially - it is quite accurate. Therefore if you want a board for rails/boxes, jumps, spins, butters, etc. anywhere this is a terrific board. I understand it rides well in most conditions, but ice/hardpack carving is not one of them. And I was uncomfortable using it in the half-pipe on those icy walls. Be aware it is nicknamed the “Slip” in those conditions for a reason.

FYI, I bought a Salomon Special II for this year as a better choice for all conditions/all mountain. Be aware that that one is a regular cambered board if you look into it.

Good luck.

zournyque on December 21, 2010 at 01:20 PM

Hi there I am 180cm, 65kg and my shoe size is 44.5. 2 Days ago I rode the Salomon Grip in 157 combined with a rome 390boss and burton grail boots(both mid flexing gear).

The Grip was actually a bit narrow for my feet though I had no problems suffering from toe drag. It was pretty awesome to ride, on heavy ice it lacked a bit grip(like every other snowboard I ever rode), it was very easy to turn and carved nicely. Bringin it to boxes was absolutely no problem for me and it was pretty stable while charging down the mountain at medium to faster but not lightning speeds. For pressing and butters it felt a little bit too stiff for me and sometimes I could have needed a bit more pop but this could be a result of my low weight. In Powder it had great float and I it was nearly effortless to ride over the whole mountain. If you want a solid board that will accompany you over the whole mountain, that is playful and stable at the same time while being pretty forgiving you should really consider the Grip in my opinion.

PS: Make sure you have some long long screws with you. The inserts are really deep in the board and I first had trouble getting my 390 on it cuz rome uses pretty short screws.

heli_nelly on January 29, 2011 at 07:20 AM

i bought a 162 grip magnum at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season. its a great board with an awesome shape, great float in powder and good traction on ice. the only bad thing is, the bamboo top sheet chips and cracks on the nose and tail of the board. its merely a cosmetic flaw but for the price, i would expect better quality. other than that i would recommend it to anybody.

dimitrids on October 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Hello, I’m thinking about buying a salomon grip but i’m kind off affraid it will be too small waist, i have a 11.5(UK) and i found a salomon grip 160

What do you think, should i go for it or not?


Rich Ewbank on October 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I’m afraid the 160 is only 25.1cm at the waist… if you bought it and rode it with size 11.5 UK feet you would have big problems with overhang. Look for something around 26.2cms at the waist.

Just to reiterate… I would suggest you do NOT buy this board as your feet are too big. Sorry to break the bad news.

coops on October 15, 2011 at 05:09 PM

Hi. After a long time reviewing reviews I’ve decided to go with the grip, it sounds like just what i need. Iv got size UK 10 feet and i know they’re right up on the limit. Wide boards always feel too wide for me, does anyone know if i’d be ok with the grip 160?

Any help on this would be awesome thanks.