Salomon 2021 Snowboards Overview

 

 

This year Salomon have a few brand new models, as well as some changes to some in the regular line up. The new Dancehaul, newly shaped Ultimate Ride, No Drama, Gypsy Pro and some more HPS options.

Overviews of other brands:

Ride, Nitro, Burton, Lib Tech, Capita, Jones, Never Summer

Salomon Camber Profiles

Powder Camber

salomon powder camber
Salomon Powder Camber

A large rocker section on the nose of the board for easier float in deep snow, with camber under your back foot for pop, and power through turns.

Rock Out Camber

salomon rock out camber
Salomon Rock Out Camber

The most popular camber, Rock Out is the most useful, and used on the majority of Salomon boards. Flat between your feet, camber under your feet and rocker at the nose and tail. It has a good mix of edge hold, pop and stability without being too catchy.

Back Seat Camber

salomon back seat camber
Salomon Back Seat Camber

Used mainly of all-mountain boards, the Back Seat Camber has traditional camber

Mellow Back Seat Camber

A slightly toned down version of the regular Back Seat Camber

Cross Profile

salomon cross profile
Salomon Cross Profile

A mix between camber and rocker, with camber between your feet, and large rocker sections on the nose and tail of the board.

Quad Camber

salomon quad camber
Salomon Quad Camber

As close as you can get to traditional camber, it has varying amounts of camber through the board, with a tiny rocker section at the contact points. Boards with this profile have very good edge hold, pop and a stable ride.

Super Flat

salomon super flat
Salomon Super Flat

Flat for the length of the board, this is one of the easiest to ride profiles, that is best for beginners and kids.

Flat Out Camber

salomon flat out camber
Flat Out Camber

A few interesting features that turn up on quite a lot of the range are the:

Edge Bevels:

Basically the base edge angle on most boards is generally around 1 degree, though depending on what the board is designed for, Salomon change it in different sections of the board.

The Freestyle EB (Edge Bevel) is the most interesting, as it has a 2 degree around the main parts of the sidecut, which changes into 3 degrees between your feet. The idea is that you still get the feel of nice sharp edges on a new board, and better edge hold on ice, while the 3 degree sections means that hopefully you won’t have to detune it to ride rails, as it is raised up an extra degree, so you are less likely to catch. I think that is a better idea than just having to file and round down your edges on a new board just to ride in the park.

A slightly toned down version is the All Mountain EB, which has 1 degree on most of the sidecut, raising to 2 degrees between your feet.

Popster is their name for core profiling, which means that the core of the board has thicker and thinner sections, aimed to get the best flex and pop out of the wood.

Bases

Like all brands, there are different levels of the bases, starting with the slowest and cheapest base – extruded. Normally found on entry level boards, as well as cheaper park/job boards, they keep the price of the board down, and don’t need much maintenance or waxing. Being a softer material, they are quite easy to repair.

The next step up is sintered, which is a harder material, that has “pores” where wax can soak into the base, so you end up with a much faster ride.

There are levels and additives that can make sintered bases faster, Salmon have a few versions:

Sintered

Regular, sintered material. Most often found on mid range boards.

Sintered EG

Gallium is added to strengthen against impacts, and Electra to get a better glide.

Area 51 is a version of the Sintered EG, which is a higher density material, pre-waxed.

Salomon 2020 Snowboards

HPS – Takaharu Nakai

salomon hps takaharu nakai

Salomon HPS Takaharu Nakai

This one is designed with a tapered directional shape, with a big rocker nose to make float in deep snow easy, while still keeping a nimble and quick turning feel.

  • Powder Camber
  • Medium Flex
  • Tapered Directional
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Sintered EG Base
  • ABC Wrapper
  • Ghost Carbon Stringers
  • Bamboo + Cork Rails
  • Popster
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • BA MD Fiberglass

Get some more details on the Takaharu Nakai here.

HPS – Annie Boulanger

salomon hps annie boulanger 2021

HPS Annie Boulanger 2021

A womens specific powder board, it has a tapered directional shape, that has a moon tail, powder camber profile and a fast sintered base. 

  • Powder Camber
  • Tapered Directional
  • Sintered EG Base
  • ABC Wrapper
  • Radial Sidecut
  • Popster
  • Ghost Green Core
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • Bamboo + Core Rails
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • BA MD Fiberglass

More info on the HPS Annie Boulanger.

HPS Wolle Nyvelt

salomon hps wolle nyvelt 2021

Salomon HPS Wolle Nyvelt 2021

This has the classic directional shape, with a small amount of taper and the Rock Out Camber profile. Less of a full on powder shape. more of a useful do it all design.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • Tapererd Directional
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Popster
  • ABC Wrapper
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • Bamboo + Cork Rails

More info on the Wolle Nyvelt.

Sickstick

salomon sickstick 2021

Salomon Sickstick 2021

It has been around for more than 10 years now, and it was quite a unique design when it first came out. It has a tapered twin shape, so the stance is centered on the board, while the sidecut is set back a little. That means that is will float easily in powder, while also making landing or riding switch in powder an option – which is normally not an easy thing to do.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • Tapered Twin Shape
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • ABC Wrapper
  • Bamboo/Cork Rails
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Read more about the Sickstick.

Speedway

salomon speedway 2021

Salomon Speedway 2021

The Speedway is for the classic rider who wants a fast, hard charging board. Backseat camber gives it a solid feel on your back foot with good edge hold, while the flat section under your front foot makes starting a turn very smooth and easy. 

  • Back Seat Camber
  • Tapered Directional
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • 5/5 Flex
  • Sintered EG Base
  • C/FX Superfiber
  • Damplifier Lite
  • Popster
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • ABS Sidewall

Hopefully you can find some more information on the Speedway here – it is a very specific board that can be hard to find.

Super 8

salomon super 8 2021

Salomon Super 8 2021

The Super 8 is a directional all-mountain board, that has a bit of a set back stance, a wider width and a bit of taper. All of those combine with the Back Seat Camber profile to make a board that has a solid feel under your back foot, that starts turns smoothly and easily, and still wants to naturally float in deeper snow.

  • Back Seat Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Rocket Science
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • C/FX Basalt
  • Damplifier
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Read my review of the Super 8.

Super 8 Pro

salomon super 8 pro 2021

Salomon Super 8 Pro 2021

An upgraded version of the regular Super 8, this has a faster base, carbon/flax/basalt added to smooth out the ride and absorb vibrations, as well as some features in the nose and tail that are made to lighten it up.

  • Back Seat Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Rocket Science
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • C/FX Basalt
  • Damplifier
  • Lite
  • Gunslinger Sidewalls
  • Area 51 Base
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

More details on the Super 8 Pro.

Dancehaul

salomon dancehaul 2021

Salomon Dancehaul 2021

A new model this year, that it is based on the Max Buri Pro. It is a volume shift board, which means that is has a wide width, so you can ride it in a shorter length than normal, and still have a stable feel. It is now my everyday board, it is fun in all conditions. Surprisingly, the shorter length doesn’t feel unstable, the Rock Out Camber profile keeps a solid feel without feeling catchy, and the taper makes carving feel very smooth and natural.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • Radial Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Ghost Basalt Stringers
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Read my review of the Dancehaul.

Sight

salomon sight 2021

Salomon Sight 2021

The Sight is a soft flexing, easy to ride all-mountain board that is a good option if you are looking for your first board and don’t want to break the bank.

  • Cross Profile
  • 2/5 Flex
  • Directional Twin
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Aspen Strong Core
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Rubber Pads
  • Extruded Base
  • Standard Stone Finish
  • Bite Free Edge Bevel

More details on the Sight here.

Ultimate Ride

salomon ultimate ride 2021

Salomon Ultimate Ride 2021

When the Ultimate Ride came out it went straight to my favourites – and I bought it soon after demoing it. Back then it was a twin shape, and it was just a touch stiffer. I tested this new version and it is a definite improvement on a board that I didn’t think could get much better. The taper now helps it start a turn with less effort, and it feels very smooth moving from edge to edge. Technically it is a bit softer, though it is only a small amount, still a stiffer flexing board.

  • Quad Camber
  • 5/5 Flex
  • Tapered Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Popster
  • Triaxial Fiberglass
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Ghost Carbon Beam
  • Gunslinger Sidewalls
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Area 51 Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Watch my review of the Salomon Ultimate Ride. Although that review is based on the older twin version, everything still applies, but the flex is a little bit softer and it turns and carves with less effort than before.

Assassin

salomon assassin 2021

Salomon Assassin 2021

The Assassin has been a staple in the Salomon line for quite a few years now, it has a good mix of features that make it suitable for riding in all kinds of terrain and conditions. Although it supposedly has a medium stiff flex, I felt that it was maybe a medium flex at best.

Rock Out Camber is a profile that works well all over the mountain – it has enough camber to give good edge hold in icy or hardpacked conditions, and the rocker on the nose and tail help it float in powder. It is a safe choice if you are looking for one board to do everything.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • Directional twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster Eco Booster
  • ABC Wrapper
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Royal Cork Rails
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Watch my review of the Assassin.

Assassin Pro

salomon assassin pro 2021

Salomon Assassin Pro 2021

This is the upgraded option of the Assassin, that has a stiffer flex, with the addition of two carbon inserts in the nose and tail to help add stability and pop, as well as carbon in the sidewalls. If you are a heavier rider, or just like stiffer flexing boards, this is one to look at. 

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 5/5 Flex
  • Directional Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Popster
  • Ghost Carbon Beam
  • Gunslinger Sidewalls
  • Sintererd EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

More details on the Assassin Pro.

The Villain

salomon the villain 2021

Salomon The Villain 2021

One of their main park boards, the Villain has a medium flex rating, the Rock Out Camber profile and a sintered base. Enough pop to handle jumps, but still with enough flex to be able to press without too much effort. Compared to similar boards, one point of difference on the Villain is that it has Triax (three directions) instead of Biax Fiberglass, which gives the board some more torsional or twisting stiffness, and also helps it perform well and have a responsive feel outside of the park.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster Booster
  • Triax Fiberglass
  • Slingshot Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Watch my video review of the Villain.

Craft

salomon craft 2021

Salomon Craft 2021

The Craft is another option that sits somewhere in the park/ride everything section, that has a lot of the features of their more expensive boards, without the bigger price tag.

It shares the same Rock Out Camber profile as the villain, as well as a medium flex and also has a true twin shape. The standout feature for the Craft is the sintered base, a good feature for a board at $400.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Strong Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Royal Core Rails
  • Sintered Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Read more about the Craft.

Huck Knife

salomon huck knife 2021

Salomon Huck Knife 2021

One of my favourite park boards from Salomon, the Huck Knife is a medium flexing, poppy and fun board. It has the Quad Camber profile, that gives the board good pop for ollies, and strong edge hold on icy days. Overall not too aggressive, the medium flex rating gives it enough stability to handle jumps, but still easy enough to press on rails.

  • Quad Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • Triaxial Fiberglass
  • Slingshot Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Watch my review of the Huck Knife.

Huck Knife Pro

salomon huck knife pro 2021

Salomon Huck Knife Pro 2021

A stiffer and upgraded version of the Huck Knife, this one used to share a confusing amount of features with the Ultimate Ride (before the 2021 model). The Pro has an upgraded and stiffer core, more aggressive core profiling, as well as extra dampening and weight saving in the nose and tail.

  • Quad Camber
  • 5/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Popster Booster
  • Triax Fiberglass
  • Damplifier Lite
  • Gunslinger Sidewalls
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Read more about the Huck Knife Pro.

6 Piece

salomon 6 piece 2021

Salomon 6 Piece 2021

This has a classic 90’s shape, and is one of the main options for riders who want a jib board. Still with Rock Out Camber for pop and stability, it has the Easy Press Core so it won’t take too much effort to get proper presses. It still has a sintered base which isn’t a super common thing for jib boards, so getting enough speed for features will be less of a problem.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • True Twin
  • Easy Press Core
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Triax Fiberglass
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Sintered Base
  • Aspen Strong
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel
  • ABS

More details on the 6 Piece.

Sleepwalker

salomon sleepwalker 2021

Salomon Sleepwalker 2021

Another park board that is going to be aimed a big more for people who want to ride more rails, it can be though of as a budget Villain. Both are twins, have Rock Out Camber but the Sleepwalker has a softer flex, and an extruded base that keeps the cost right down. 

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 2/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Strong Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Rubber Pads
  • Extruded EG Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Read my review of the Sleepwalkler.

Pulse

salomon pulse 2021

Salomon Pulse 2021

The Pulse is an all-mountain twin, that is perfect for a first board. The Flat Out Camber profile gives you a forgiving and easy turning feel, but still with stability from the camber sections under your feet. A simple construction and extruded base keep it quite affordable compared to some of their other options.

  • Flat Out Camber
  • 1/5 Flex
  • Directional Twin
  • Radial Sidecut
  • BA LD Fiberglass
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Extruded Base
  • Standard Stone Finish
  • Bite Free Edge Bevel

More details on the Pulse.

Frontier

Bellevue

salomon bellevue 2021

Salomon Bellevue 2021

The womens version of the Super 8, which gives a tapered directional shape, with a bit of a setback stance and the Back Seat Camber profile. The combination of all of these make a board that can handle powder, groomed runs and smooth turns in the trees. 

  • Back Seat Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Rocket Science
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • C/FX Basalt
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

More details on the Bellevue.

Pillow Talk

salomon pillow talk 2021

Salomon Pillow Talk 2021

Somewhere between a freestyle and a powder board, the Pillow Talk is a tapered twin that will float in powder, but still have be a fun ride anywhere on the mountain.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • Tapered Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Ghost Basalt Stringers
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Rumble Fish

salomon rumble fish 2021

Salomon Rumble Fish 2021

The Rumble Fish has a mix of features that make it ideal for the sort of ride who is looking for one board to ride everything. The directional twin shape and stiffer flex mean it can handle hard riding on steep lines, through the park or cruisy powder laps.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 5/5 Flex
  • Directional Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Popster Booster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • ABC Wrapper
  • Royal Cork Rails
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish

Read more about the Rumble Fish.

No Drama

salomon no drama 2021

Salomon No Drama 2021

This is a new board for 2021, and is a womens version of the popular Huck Knife. It has the Quad Camber profile for the traditional camber feel, a fast sintered base and the Freestyle Edge Bevel that will make it ready for the park straight from the shop. If you are looking for a dedicated park board, you can’t really go past a camber board like this if you want to be riding jumps and rails.

  • Quad Camber
  • 4/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Slingshot Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

More info on the No Drama.

Wonder

salomon wonder 2021

Salomon Wonder 2021

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Fle
  • Directional Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster
  • Ghost Basalt Stringers
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Royal Rubber Pads
  • Sintered Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel

Find out more about the Wonder.

Gypsy

salomon gypsy 2021

Salomon Gypsy 2021

I would say that the Gypsy is probably their most popular womens park board, that has everything you’ll need for freestyle riding. The Rock Out Camber gives it plenty of pop for jumps, grip on icy days as well as enough forgiveness when you are learning new tricks and might not get the spin the whole way around. The sintered base keeps if moving quickly, and the Freestyle Edge Bevel will reduct the chances of catching on rails.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 3/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Aspen Select Core
  • Popster Booster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Slingshot Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel

Read more about the Gypsy.

Gypsy Pro

salomon gypsy pro 2021

Salomon Gypsy Pro 2021

Different graphics on the Gypsy Pro, and it has the addition of Gunslinger sidewalls that have a carbon inlay to help absorb vibrations.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • Quadralizer
  • Popster Booster
  • True Twin
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Sintered Base
  • Aspen SLCT
  • Medium Stone Finish
  • Freestyle Edge Bevel
  • Gunslinger Sidewall

More details on the Gypsy Pro.

Oh Yeah

salomon oh yeah 2021

Salomon Oh Yeah 2021

A freestyle board that doesn’t cost a whole lot, it still has a few of the features of the more expensive boards. Rock Out Camber gives it a poppy ride with good edge hold, but the softer flex keep it feeling fun and forgiving. It just has a simple extruded base, but that is what you get at boards at this price.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • 2/5 Flex
  • True Twin
  • EQ Rad Sidecut
  • Aspen Strong Core
  • Popster
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Rubber Pads
  • Extruded EG
  • Medium Stone Finish

More info on the Oh Yeah.

Lotus

salomon lotus 2021

Salomon Lotus 2021

The Lotus is a directional twin board, that is a very good option for a first board. It has a soft and easy to ride flex, simple construction and a cheap price.

  • Flat Out Camber
  • 1/5 Flex
  • Directional Twin
  • Radial Sidecut
  • Aspen Core
  • BA LD Fiberglass
  • ABS Sidewalls
  • Extruded Base
  • Standard Stone Finish
  • Bite Free Edge Bevel

Read more about the Lotus.

Splitboards

Premiere

salomon premiere 2021

A very unique (and expensive) design, the Premiere splits into 4 pieces so that you can reduce the skinning weight under your feet, as well as having thinner ski tracks and better stability.

  • Cross Profile
  • Mid-Wide Width
  • EQ1 Sidecut
  • Track-Lock
  • Tapered Directional
  • Carbon Fiber
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Flylight Foam
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Aero Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • Custom POMOCA Skins
  • PLUM Hooks
  • Custom Crampons.

More info on the Premiere.

Speedway Split

salomon speedway split 2021

Salomon Speedway Split 2021

A split version of the Speedway, this is made for someone who wants to charge down the hill after skinning up. Back Seat Camber gives a solid feel under the back foot, and the flat section on the nose helps float and makes starting turns smooth and easy.

  • Back Seat Camber
  • Quadratic Sidecut
  • Custom POMOCA Skins
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Damplifier Lite
  • Popster
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • Plus Hooks
  • ABS

More details on the Speedway Split.

HPS Taka Split

salomon hps taka split 2021

Salomon HPS Taka Split 2021

A lightweight split based on one of their most popular powder profiles, it will give an efficient skin up and a surfy and floaty ride down.

  • Powder Camber
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Custom POMOCA Skins
  • Tapered Directional Shape
  • Radial Sidecut
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Popster
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • PLUM Hooks
  • ABS

More info on the Taka Split.

Pillow Talk Split

salomon pillow talk split 2021

Salomon Pillow Talk Split 2021

A split version of the Pillow talk, that is made to give you a wider, floaty but still easy to move ride on the way down.

  • Rock Out Camber
  • Quadralizer Sidecut
  • Custom POMOCA Skins
  • Tapered Twin
  • BA MD Fiberglass
  • Popster
  • Sintered EG Base
  • Ghost Green Core
  • Fine Stone Finish
  • All-Mountain Edge Bevel
  • PLUM Hooks
  • ABS

Find out more about the Pillow Talk Split.

Overviews of other brands:

Ride, Nitro, Burton, Lib Tech, Capita, Jones, Never Summer

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