The Salomon Protocol is an interesting and very light board. It’s like the Sabotage got all paeleo diet on us and trimmed a ton of weight. It also trimmed every bit of dampening out of the board and pretty much eliminated everything but the core and the fiberglass.
Conditions: Good sierra snow that was soft and great for testing
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Quantum
Set Up:23″ Wide centered 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels incredibly light.
On Snow Feel: Feels like the Sabotage only lighter and a little more flexy. Didn’t feel catchy and flet pretty playful .
Powder: No Powder but it feels like it should do as well as the sabotage.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Quick and snappy edge to edge but it didn’t work as well on a carve as the Sabotage. I think all the weight reduction affected the boards ability to hold an edge as well as the Sabotage. It could be that someone got file happy and over de-tunned the edges but I’m not sure.
Speed: There isn’t much going on here speed wise. There isn’t any chatter reduction going on here and the minimized core didn’t really handle speed that well.
Uneven Terrain: The Salomon Protocol was not too bad but for some reason it didn’t feel that great. It’s just too minimized for our taste.
Edge Hold: I think we were all expecting the same edge hold as the Sabotage but it was more on the good to bordering on the average side.
Flex: Kind of a medium flex that borders on med/soft. Very easy to butter and press.
Switch: Felt the same either way.
Jibbing: It’s so expensive for a jib board but it did really well.
Pipe: The Protocol seemed like it could be fun in the pipe.
Jumps: Nice poppy springy board that is very easy to ollie and pretty easy to lap the kickers in the park with.
So overall I think this was a light poppy board that we had some fun with but I think all of us would rather be on the $300 less Sabotage instead for day in day out riding.