Salomon Dancehaul 2021 Review
Based on the Max Buri Pro, the Dancehaul is a shorter, wide width, tapered all-mountain board that does a bit of everything well. I really liked how it turned on groomed runs, and had solid edge hold while still feeling playful.
This is an update to the original review, which was based on riding it at demo days earlier in 2020. I did quite like it, enough that I bought it for the southern hemisphere season. Now I have spent much more time on it, in varied conditions that give me a much better overall picture of how it rides.
Features of the Salomon Dancehaul
- Tapererd Directional
The Dancehaul has a tapered shape, that means that the width of the tail is narrower than the width of the nose. It helps in a couple of areas, the wider nose helps float in powder, as well as making the start of turns smooth and easy.
- Medium Flex
A flex that is right in the middle, with enough support to handle fast riding on rough terrain, but with enough flex that you can butter and move it around, without feeling like you are stuck on a plank.
- Rock Out Camber
One of Salomon’s most popular camber profiles, overall it has a traditional camber profile, but with a flat section between your feet, and rocker on the nose and tail. The rocker sections help to give the board extra float, and make it a little more forgiving, while the camber makes sure it is still stable and poppy.
- Sintered Base
A hard and fast material, that soaks up wax well and keep the board moving quickly.
- Ghost Basalt Stringers
Basalt stringers that run down the length of the board, adding stability and pop.
Core profiling, that varies thick and thin sections of the core for a more natural flex and pop.
- Aspen SLCT Core
FSC certified wood, that is chosen to get a mix between keeping the board lightweight,
- ABS Sidewall
- Fine Stone Finish
A stone ground finish on the base, which helps the board to glide smoothly over snow.
- All Mountain Edge Bevel
Overall the board has a 1 degree base bevel, that changes into a 2 degree angle between your feet.
There is 12mm of taper on the Dancehaul, which means that the nose is 12mm wider than the tail. Taper helps the board turn smoothly, and helps the nose float and the tail sink in deeper snow.
- 4×2 Inserts
- BA MD Fiber Glass
How it Rides
Board size: 147
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa SJ 27.5
Bindings: Burton Cartel
This review is based on me riding the 2021 147cm Dancehaul, set up with my regular Cartels at angles of +12 and -9, with a stance width of just under 22 inches. I am 6 foot tall, and weigh 160lbs/72kg.
When I originally tested this board out, the conditions were quite good – firm groomers that gave good grip, as well as a little fresh snow that had blown in overnight, as well as a bit of powder up on the top of the mountain. Since buying the board and then riding in Australia, I have ridden it in the full range of conditions – light and heavy powder, ice and warm slush.
Although I tested out the 147 in Canada, I did think quite hard when it came to buying it – whether or not I should go for the 147cm that I knew, or move up to the 152. The 152 seemed like a more logical choice, it was closer to the length that I normally rode, but I had also bought/rode the Ride Warpig/Superpig both in the small (148cm) size and knew that they did well for my weight.
There is quite a bit of a difference between the two sizes, but the 147 still has a decent waist width for my boots at 255mm, while the 152 has a big jump to 264mm. With that extra 9mm of width, I imagine that the edge to edge speed of the 152 would make it a notch slower. I ended up just going with the 147, because it was the size that I had tested and knew I liked, and I was right in the center of their recommended weight range.
The Rock Out Camber is used on probably the majority of Salomon boards, and there is a good reason for it. It is a good mix between rocker and camber, that is ideal for a lot of riding styles terrain. There is enough camber to still give it a bit of the traditional feel, that is still solid at higher speeds and poppy/snappy. The rocker sections help to make the start of turns smooth and easy, give it some more float in powder and let you be a bit messy and rough without it wanting to catch an edge.
Flex and Pop
The medium flex with the Rock Out Camber is a pretty good mix. It feels easy to move around at slow speed, but is still quite stable when you are riding fast. It has quite a snappy feel, so it doesn’t take much effort to get a good pop out of the board. Presses on rails and tubes don’t take a huge amount of effort, but I am not good at them anyway so mine never look that nice.
I have ridden quite a few Salomon boards with the Rock Out Camber profile before, so I had a good idea of what to expect. Especially with sharp and brand new edges, it grips very well even on hard and windblown snow.
Because I ended up using the Dancehaul as my board for everything, I did detune between the feet so that I wouldn’t catch on any rails in the park. I took enough off them that I would feel safe and it never gripped, though I did expect a bit lower grip when the snow was icy. My stance is fairly narrow, so the amount I detuned wasn’t huge, and I was a little surprised that it still had quite good hold on windblown Australian ice in some pretty bad conditions.
There is 12mm of taper in the Dancehaul, and combined with the wider width make up for the shorter length, and it doesn’t have any problem floating in deeper snow. It naturally floats without effort, and even when I was riding in heavier Australian snow I didn’t feel like my back leg was ever getting tired trying to keep the board up. It always has a very easy and surfy feel.
It has their sintered base, so if you keep it waxed you won’t have any problems keeping your speed up.
Probably the best part of this board, it makes turning fun. With enough camber, a good medium flex and taper if makes turns very very easy and any speed. Even in deep snow in tighter trees, it feels very nimble and quick to move around.
- Good medium flex
- Solid camber feel
- Nothing major that gave me any problems, I really liked the Dancehaul.
The Dancehaul is one of the boards I have had the most fun on. It is good to cruise around on, holds a good edge and carves well on groomed runs, floats in powder and can still hold up for more aggressive riding. Even with the tapered directional shape, it is still fun in the park and riding switch is still do-able.
For what you get for the price, I think it is a pretty easy choice.
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Salomon Dancehaul 2021 Technical Specs
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