The Salomon Aassassin is a board that we have ridden for a few years now and each time we ride it we like it more. It checks a lot of boxes for a solid mountain freestyle ride. The 2017 Salomon Assassin has not changed from 2016 but it grew on us.
2016-2017 Salomon Assassin Review
Conditions: Really good groomers but starting to get a little messy.
Riders: James, Stephen and Peter
Boots: Burton Ion Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Caliber, Salomon Defender
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal
On Snow Feel: So this board feels stable between the feet and pretty catch free for having as much camber as it does. The first time we rode it we all felt the Salomon Assasin feel like it was trying to auto butter on a long drawn out turn at moderate to high speeds. It was not a good feeling. Then the second time I rode it a few years later that sensation was gone. It must of been a demo model construction issue. It’s got a good camber feel but also doesn’t feel catchy. It’s easy to one foot and flat base. It’s the kind of board that works well for a wide variety of riders that plan to stay centered and ride fakie a lot.
Powder: No powder in our time of trying but it seems like it might be a little bit of work with the extra camber going on.
Turn Initiation: We had a good time riding the Salomon Assassin. It springs from edge to edge quickly and its a fun board to turn. if you know how to turn it’s got a fun thing going for it and its lively.
Carving: Carving was really fun and the board rewards you at the end of the turn with a little spring out of it. There is definietly enough camber and edge hold to make this a fun board for those that like to lay it over regular or switch.
Skidded Turns: It’s pretty easy to skid your turns and if you are an intermediate rider that get’s off you game you might not have to pay for it.
Speed: The Assassin has a good base and feels stable enough. It’s not a bomber board but it’s got good mountain speed.
Uneven Terrain: We love when Salomon put’s a lot of rubber in their rails and we were a little skeptical with the Cork thing but it works and doesn’t feel bad at all in the messy snow we were riding on. It’s not like some Salomon boards that can get cranky and pass some slow speed chatter up to your knees.
Edge Hold: Really solid upper level grip. It gripped but didn’t grab in the soft snow we encountered. It’s good from Hard to Soft snow. It’s not an ice specialist but we often find that ice specialists aren’t the best in soft snow.
Flex: Nice Middle ground flex that was easy to butter and press even though there was a good amount of camber going on.
Switch: It felt the same either way
Jibbing: We hit a few mellow jibs in the park and it wasn’t bad.
Pipe: It seemed like it would be a good pipe board that would hold the edge well and the auto butter effect wouldn’t come into play at the slower pipe speeds. It’s also pretty forgiving so that is what we like for a pipe board.
Jumps: Nice poppy ride going on here. It was easy to ollie and was a lot of fun for all of us involved. It also had a nice stable camber feel to the approach of a park kicker but had a forgiving hybrid shape feel landing.
So I’m not sure why the board auto buttered on us but if that one issue wasn’t there this would probably be a favorite. If it was just me I’d say I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue but since it was Peter and I it seems like this wasn’t just some fluke. That’s the only thing holding us back from really loving that board.