Salomon Ultimate Ride 2017 Review
New for 2017, the Salomon Ultimate Ride is a twin shaped, camber freestyle board, also the best snowboard I have ever ridden.
Features of the Salomon Ultimate Ride 2017
- Quadralizer Sidecut
A mix between their Equalizer and Quadratic designs, it is made to get smooth high speed carving, as well as good edge control for tight turns.
- Quad Camber
The Quad Camber is made with a combination of camber sections, with regular camber between your feet, more aggressive camber under your feet out towards the nose and tail, and a small rocker section at the ends.
- Gunslinger Sidewalls
There are carbon inlays that run the whole length of the board, that help absorb shock.
- True Twin
The Ultimate Ride is a twin, centered board, so there is on difference no matter which way you ride it. The core is symmetrical, with the same tip and tail lengths.
- Responsive Flex
This is the name Salomon use for their stiffer flexing board, that are going to give you better pop and stability than a soft flexing board.
- Sintered EG Base
The Sintered base holds wax well, keeps you moving quickly no matter if the snow is dry and light, or warm and sticky.
Tharea a varying thick and thin sections of the core, which is made to get a better pop and snap feel, closer to a skateboard.
- Ghost Green Core
The core is made of sustainable polawania wood, which is made to get the best pop, while keeping the core weight down.
- Ghost Carbon Beam
There are two cabbon beam inserts on the tip and tail, which help to get the most pop, and give the board more stability at high speeds.
- All Mountain Edge Bevel
The tip and tail of the board are detuned, and there is a 1 degree base edge angle through most of the board, that changes to a 2 degree angle between your feet.
How it Rides
Board size: 155cm
Boots: ThirtyTwo TM-TWO
Bindings: Burton Cobrashark set with a 22.5″ stance width, at +15 and -9.
This was the first time that I had ridden a board with the Quad Camber profile, as it just came out for a couple of boards this season. The rep explained to me that it was a combination of different levels of camber, but that overall it will ride like a camber board. The board that I rode was brand new, and not detuned (other than the factory detune), so I was expecting quite and grippy and aggressive ride.
I have no problem riding a sharp camber board, it is actually what I prefer – I really like the stable feel, and the Ultimate Ride has lots of it.
Flex and Pop
It has what Salomon call the Responsive Flex, which I guess is to get away from the general soft/medium/stiff ratings. If I had to rate it myself, I would say that it has a medium-stiffish flex to it. It definitely has a solid feel, without being overly stiff. Ollies over rollers and jumps are super fun on this board, it is easy to load the tail up, and it pops you up very nicely.
I can see why this board is already really popular for the Salomon team, the flex is just right for jumps, and you can still get enough flex out of it for rails and other park riding.
During the morning that I was riding the Ultimate Ride, the snow was quite hardpacked and firm even in the sun. The edge hold of the board was great, it held a very solid edge throughout the whole turn, and never gave me the feeling like it might slip out.
Boards like this (camber with a solid flex rating) are normally quite good for riding fast, and this was no exception. There was no chatter at high speeds, and even when riding fast with a flat base there wasn’t any catchy feeling, which I guess was due to the small rocker section at the nose and tail of the board.
- Great camber feel
Overall, the Ultimate Ride is the best board that I had ever ridden, it suits my style of riding perfectly, and I think they have nailed the balance between fun and aggressive. When it comes out in stores later this year, it will be the board that I buy.
The camber is just right, it will give you pop and stability when you need it, but isn’t super catchy. Have a look on the pictures and video tabs to see what people are able to do on this board.
Normally I don’t care at all how a board looks, I just want something that is fun to ride and will do what I want. To me, the Ultimate ride looks pretty sweet, and much better in real life than the product photos show.
If you are a confident rider, who likes the feel of camber boards and is looking for a freestyle board that can do it all, this is what you want. It has almost all the high end features that Salomon offer, but with that comes a downside. It is a high priced board, the expensive parts it is made of all add up pretty quickly. If it is out of your price range, the Huck Knife has a similar ride and feel to it, with a cheaper price.
Salomon Ultimate Ride 2017 Technical Specs
|Waist Width (cm)||25||25.2||25.4||25.6||25.8|
|Min/Max Stance (cm)||49.4 / 60.6||49.4 / 60.6||50.4 / 61.6||51.4 / 62.6||52.4 / 63.6|
|Tail/Tip Width (cm)||29.2||29.5||29.7||29.9||30.2|
|Effective Edge (cm)||116.5||118||120||122||124|