The Salomon Sabotage is a perfect balance of edge hold, pop, speed and playfulness. There are many hybrid camber boards out this year that we really liked, but the Salomon Sabotage stood a little ahead of the all mountain freestyle pack. It had a liveliness and all around feel in almost every situation to it that is kind of intangibly better. Not much has changed from 2013-2014 and it’s still a great ride.
Conditions: Borderline icy snow to less than a foot of thick sierra snow.
Riders: James, Kyle and Peter
Bindings: Salomon Holigram, Union Contact Pro, Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited.
Boots: Burton Ion, DC Judge and Nike Kaijus
Set Up- 22.5-23″ wide 15 front -15 back Centered stance.
The Salomon Sabotage is a board that can satisfy the camber board lover as well as fans of the newer hybrid designs. This is one of our favorite low cost all mountain freestyle boards out there. It’s very stable between the feet, poppy and a great all condition do anything kind of ride.
This comes in two models. The standard orange top sheet model that you will mostly see and the Classicks model with a black top sheet. The Classicks is a little lighter so some might prefer that because we felt the orange was a bit on the heavy side.
The Salomon Sabatoge
On Snow Feel: This is a fun mountain board for all speeds and moods of riding. If you want to slow down and have fun it’s there for you just as much if you want to take on the mountain at higher speeds. Regular or switch this is fun in just about any condition. It likes the pipe and jumps as well but isn’t terrible in the jib park either. It almost feels like a 100% camber board but the tip and tail act a little more playful like a hybrid shape. Very stable between the feet.
Powder: This is a true twin with a centered stance and a lot of camber going on here so this isn’t going to be great in powder. It’s tail/tip turns up a bit offering a little rocker but this is only really better than a true camber board. It’s going to be some work here but those that like camber still will appreciate the added float.
Turn Initiation and Carving– On the easy side of Moderate. It’s fun to make any kind of turn on this board. Short Radius turns are pretty responsive and medium radius turns are fun. When you lay into a carve there is a nice positive return coming out of it. The pop here really makes carving fun and it’s better than most twins we came across. There isn’t one kind of turn that stands out as the best but all were just shy of being excellent. It has the camber feel with less of the camber consequences when you aren’t on your game.
Speed: This isn’t as fast as the Burner but it handles chatter very well without punishing you when the terrain is less than ideal. Salomon understands speed well and even some of their more all mountain freestyle focused boards seem to benefit from it.
Uneven Terrain: It didn’t have that typical feel that the Villain or Man’s board did that wants to make you pay for riding slow in crappy hard terrain. It’s not the best out there but it can handle most conditions well with a good pair of shock absorbent bindings.
Approximate Weight– Easy on the average Knee going up the chair lift. It didn’t feel heavy or like a fly weight. It just felt like it was in the middle ground.
Edge Hold: Salomon has some good side cut’s that offer what we feel is the perfect kind of edge hold. It is not overly grippy and performs well in everything except ice. From Snowment to powder the edge hold feels appropriate. If you are a rider who lives in icy places like the East Coast you might benefit more from a board with magnetraction but it’s not going to be a night mare.
Flex: Salomon Calls this an 8 when it comes to flex but to us it feels more like a 5. From outside the bindings to the tip/tail the flex feels soft and easy to butter. In between the bindings the flex is stiffer. This is the flex that will allow you to straight line a hill one run and butter around on the next. We really like this flex configuration. For us it felt like there was speed without the consequences of a stiff flex.
Switch: This is a true twin so either way rides better. The only thing we found that rides switch better is boards with asymmetrical side cuts.
Jibbing– Probably the only weak point with this board but it’s still ok for less than technical.
Pipe: What a fun Pipe Board. The edge hold combined with the springy return from a carve transitions well to the pipe. You can carve through the flats and climb a pipe wall very well. It’s also a more forgiving than a standard camber board. Right in-between a hybrid shaped board and a camber board. If you wanted to lap the pipe all day you won’t be disappointed.
Jumps: Another excellent board for hitting the jumps or popping off anything on the mountain. It’s very easy to ollie and we felt it was one of the best boards in the Solomon line when it comes to pure pop for ollies or any size kicker as well.