The Salomon Sick Stick is called a tapered twin which doesn’t make much sense. It’s more like a directional twin or even twin-ish board with a slight taper at the tail. The point they are trying to make is this very powder board can handle switch or regular riding very well but ever so slightly favors directional riding. It also handles groomed runs very well.
The Salomon Sick Stick is one of those powder specific boards that is for the rider who likes riding switch in pow as much as they do riding one direction. It has pow rocker shape that makes for a good float and it also has an easy turning stable ride for those crappy paths back to the chair on a pow day. You can hit trees, cliffs, steep chutes or enjoy wide open faces.
The flat between the feet makes for a stable ride when the conditions are firmer or getting through that icy part at the top of a windy peak. Short radius and long radius turns are easy and fun but it’s not an ideal carving board due to the pow rocker. Its a fun board to slash. The Sick Stck might be better served with the -20mm set back on all the boards instead of just the 166. That way the directional powder rider can get a bit more float
The Salomon Sick Stick is not super poppy when it comes to creating your own air but it isn’t dead by any means. It still feels pretty lively and snappy in terms of response and can be a fun powder board for the right type of rider.
The 2011 Salomon Sick Stick had a few minor refinements. There are some minor changes like a faster base but it is mainly the same board. The 2012 Salomon Sick Stick made some little refinements again and added a size 166 that has a set back. If you like riding powder but want a board that can handle medium to good conditions when it’s not dumping the Sick Stick might be a good choice.
The 2013 & 2014 Salomon Sick Stick has the same design as 2012 with some minor refinements.