The Salomon Gypsy changed up the camber profile for 2013 and continued on in 2014 making it hybrid camber instead of Flat to Rocker and now it’s quite a different ride. Both versions were a lot of fun but the new Hybrid camber edges out the old one due to the improved pop, carving and better all mountain freestyle feel. It also has a bit of early rise rocker to make it a bit more forgiving in the tip/tail.
There is a whole different feel to the Salomon Gypsy for 2013 and 2014. It’s a board that appeals to a much stronger/aggressive rider than the past flat-rocker boards. It’s primarily a camber side of things
On Snow Feel: The Gypsy has a stronger ride to it this year compared to its previous flat to rocker profile. It’s going to be stable between the feet like camber but forgiving like rocker. It’s great for riding the mountain regular or switch and great in the park. It will appeal to an all mountain freestyle rider that wants to keep their stance centered and treat the mountain like a park.
Turn Initiation- It’s an easy board to turn. It’s quick and predictable but not super quick. You can make tight turns in the trees or down a steep chute or also make wider turns.
Skidded Turns- A lot easier than camber for sure and it’s a good board for those who skid their turns or are working towards making really good turns or those that turn very well.
Carving- The Gypsy can it carve much better now. . You can really lay into a tun and receive more spring out of it now compared to the old rocker Gypsy.
Powder: The old rocker Gypsy is better here but the rocker in the tip/tail still does well for a twin. It’s not bad for a twin camber board and it’s very similar to some of the other hybrid camber boards we really like.
Speed: The addition of some camber gave it a better all around feel when you pick up speed now. The base is similar but the feel is indescribably better. Still it’s not a bomber and its more for moderate to playful speed when it comes to mountain riding. For the park it’s all the speed you need.
Uneven Snow- This is going to be not as good as many other twins out there. There is more pass through when you have to slow down and deal with bumpy or hard chunky snow.
Approximate Weight- Same easy on the knee feel that the old Gypsy had.
Flex: Still has that great flex that the old Gypsy had. The butter factor is still great when you get some weight on the nose and it really is fun to butter with.
Switch: Same either way.
Jibbing– Just as good and maybe even a tad better if you like soft camber boards in the jib park.
Pipe: The camber added to the good original side cut make the Gypsy a much better pipe board. It grips the pipe walls much better now and it’s got nice drive from wall to wall.
Jumps: Before the old rocker model wasn’t lifeless but it wasn’t at the top of the pop game. The new Gypsy is much better than the old. It’s springy, fun to ollie and a great ride on a line of jumps.
All in all we are much happier with the improvement in all around ride of the new Hybrid Camber Gypsy. It’s got a very do everything mountain freestyle kind of ride that our girls really liked.
The 2012 and older Salomon Gypsy Review by The Good Ride
The Salomon Gypsy is one of those super fun boards that can do just about anything out there well and can live on either side of the park fence. Our only complaint is it should of received a different name.
2012 and Below How it Rides
|How It Rides
Groomers/Turning/Carving– The Gypsy is one of those boards you would think would be too washy and chattery to have a good time on groomers but we were surprised here. We expected playful but didn’t expect it’s ability to turn as well as it did. Neither of us were bombing but it was really fun to make a good turn or two and then look for something on the side of the run to jib or jump. It’s a fun ollie, make a few turns, butter, and medium speed kind of play around the mountain board. When making short quick turns the Gypsy had no problem getting from edge to edge quickly without feeling too sticky. When we opened up into a serious carve we expected a wash out a lot earlier than we thought. It held really well and was fun to make wide open turns on the hill. It was a lot more fun than we expected.
Powder: For a twin with a centered stance the Gypsy does a great job. It’s no super dynamic pow board but if you live in areas with light fluffy snow you might never want for more. If you live in areas with thick coastal deep storms that bury houses you will be wanting something more.
Speed: It’s going to hold up pretty well at moderate speed and the base wasn’t super slow. It’s more than you need for most park approaches and about average on the mountain side.
Weight– To us it felt pretty light and didn’t really bring the weight to our attention either way.
Edge Hold: The Gypsy held an edge pretty well but didn’t’ blow minds like some did. The “equalizer” sidecut helps make the Gypsy hold an edge a lot better than it should but it stops a little short of magnetraction. We never felt like we needed more edge hold but didn’t feel like there was no limit to the Gypsy.
Flex: The flex is medium but felt more soft on the hill. It’s soft but not soo soft that it’s limp.
Switch: A true twin with flat/rocker like this makes it easier to rider switch for those that do it allot or want to learn.
Rails/Jibbing: Pretty fun to lap the jib park with. There are softer more jib friendly boards out there but the Gypsy is pretty fun. The flat between the feet makes it pretty easy to slide.
Pipe: It doesn’t have that pipe wall magic but it’s pretty fun for a board of this shape.
Jumps: When it comes to getting it up on your own…..in the air it doesn’t need jump Viagra but it might need a fluffer. What we mean is the board is not completely dead but compared to other boards out there it’s just not as springy. Still its very fun to lap the jump park or try something new off a smaller natural hit.