Salomon Drift 2014 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The Salomon Drift Rocker is the bowed up version of the Drift Camber and is almost a continuous rocker board. This makes for a much different ride than the Drift Camber. It’s pretty loose. We’d say it’s right in between a continuous rocker board like the Lib Tech Skate Banana and a flat/rocker board like the Salomon Grip.
Conditions: Harder Sierra Snow one day and softer practically perfect sierra snow the second.
Riders: James, Peter and Kyle
Bindings: Salomon Hologram
Boots: Burton Ion, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge
In this Video Kyle and Peter thought the Drift was continuous rocker but its got a little bit of flat between the feet. It feels almost like a continuous rocker board though.
The Salomon Drift is one of those forgiving and playful freestyle boards that all of us liked a lot. For some reason it never really shined over a lot of boards in it’s category but when you factor in the price range you see it in a whole new light.
On Snow Feel: The Drift will be loose and playful but a little more stable in flat sections and on harder snow than a continuous rocker board. This is a great butter around the mountain kind of board and it isn’t made for higher speeds and carves. If you like to butter/press/play around the mountain, hit the park a lot and are on a limited budget the Drift Rocker is a great freestyle choice.
Powder: Even though there was no powder when we tried this board you can tell this will have a very good float for a twin with a centered stance.
Turn Initiation and Carving- This was borderline super easy and we never felt like we had to work for anything. The flat between the feet is minimal had Kyle and Peter feeling like it was continuous rocker. Still there is more stability here between the feet than most continuous rocker boards. It’s not that much fun to carve but it’s wash out point is later than you would think. This is all about short to medium radius turns.
Speed: Nothing to boast about here but look at it from this perspective. This is a soft board in the same realm as something like the skate banana so for it to get a good rating is pretty impressive. It’s just on the border of average to good but we’ll give it a good because it’s one of the faster boards in it’s class.
Uneven Terrain: Great for slowing down and getting through crowded rutted up areas or dealing with bumpy snow.
Approximate Weight- Didn’t feel like a problem on the chair or on the mountain. Just a down the middle kind of board.
Edge Hold: The Drift also has the same sidecut as the Salomon Grip which makes for better edge hold than a regular side cut, but it’s lacking when it comes to ice. Now we like this side cut and it’s borderline great but it’s not how Salomon Markets it. We hit many snowment patches (step up from pure ice but pretty hard) and had no problem with keeping an edge. Still we felt it didn’t grip as well as other boards like the Sabotage or Villain. Still it’s a good all around hold that can work with most conditions you want to ride in. I wouldn’t hesitate going out on the mountain when it’s hard. If it’s icy like the east coast I’d rather have something else.
Flex: This is a soft and playful flex throughout the entire board. We loved the feel. You can butter with ease and it’s a blast to play around on.
Switch: Very easy like all true twins.
Jibbing- We don’t destroy the jib park but this gave us a confidence booster. We had a fun time anywhere in the jib park and it was easy to bonk around anywhere.
Pipe: This doesn’t have the drive between pipe walls to really shine here but the edge hold is pretty good and the ride is forgiving. If you like the pipe but aren’t obsessed with it the Drift will do well.
Jumps: Flat to Rocker boards have their design play against them when it comes to generating pop so they have to create extra tech to make it spring. Some of us felt it was average pop and others felt it was more on the good side. It’s pretty easy to ollie but we all unanimously felt it couldn’t spring with boards like the Salomon Sabotage. Going off a kicker was easy and forgiving. It felt easier to spin with this than most boards out there.
All in all we had a great time on the Drift and it’s one of those solid do anything in the park kind of boards that many will like.
Beginner - Expert
Flat to Rocker
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Salomon Drift
Salomon Drift 152 2011/2012
Hi JJ here, I'm doing a review of the Salomon Drift rocker 152 2011/2012
I'm 33yo, 5"8 and 165lbs, athletic, and I've been riding an average of 40days per year since 1997. I've bought this board for my GF, who is a beginner rider, and rode it in NZ and Japan, for about 6 weeks now.
Groomers: the board does good as long as the snow is good, and until medium speeds only. The edgehold is good, it grips well and carving isn't a problem at all, especially in smaller and medium turns where it feels lively underfoot. However the board struggles to keep its composure in rough terrain and at high speeds, forcing you to slow down to regain control. On ice it demands caution as it washes out easily. Switch riding is super easy thanks to the rocker and soft flex.
Powder: very good float in deep powder despite its short size. The rocker does wonders here. To cruise around, throw tricks out of little galleys and natural features it is great and really fun. Charging is limited by the flex which can't handle too much speed.
Park: probably where it shines the most. Jibbing on rails, boxes, small jumps is great on it. Its forgiving nature lets you try anything with confidence. Good pop, and good edgehold to throw spins off kickers, but careful landing tail/nose heavy as it washes out under you on bigger jumps. Whenever I want to learn new tricks in the park I take this board out, because I know it won't punish me.
All in all a great allrounder for a beginner, to learn to ride everywhere on the mountain, or a more jib/small park-specific board for more experienced riders. This board gives me a huge smile every time I ride it. It puts me in the mood of playing and throwing small tricks on every single bump. Mini-shredding is the most fun on this board and makes all my other boards feel too serious.