The Salomon Reserve is the Salomon Rancho from 2014 with a new name. We like this fun carvy directional tapered board.
Conditions: Really good snow with a little powder in the trees but most time was spent on the groomers.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Defender
Set Up: Set Back 23″ wide 15 front 0 back
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal to bordering on light
On Snow Feel: Nice stable camber feel without the catchy feel that camber has. Doesn’t have that auto spin feel that many hybrid rocker boards have but instead acts like the hybrid camber board it is.
Powder: This camber profile has a really solid float. I think it’s flat after the camber towards the nose but it almost feels like there is a touch of rocker in there. Regardless the tail sinks and the nose effortlessly floats.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Really fun to make surfy turns and carves off the back of the board. Very surfy ride.
Speed: You would think this would be slower with the more mid flex but whatever dampening properties are built into the board really do their job. Very damp for it’s flex.
Uneven Terrain: Really good choice for those weekend resort riders that love a directional freeride board that can bomb morning groomers or slash up powder but then still be fun to ride and the end of the day when it’s all bumpy and messy.
Edge Hold: Nothing special here but maybe a bit on the good side middle.
Flex: What a fun flex for a board you would expect to be more stiff.
Switch: No thank you but doable if you have to.
Jumps: Fun snap off the tail that’s kind of rubbery but still pretty poppy. Great for a method off a natural feature.