The Salomon Time Machine is new for 2014 and offers up an all mountain ride that is less aggressive than the Man’s Board. To us it’s a lot less
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Hologram
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Didn’t feel too heavy or too light. Just right in the middle
On Snow Feel: This was a nice stable semi-forgiving ride which is surprising because it looks a lot like the Man’s board and fit’s in their all mountain to all mountain freestyle kind of ride. It didn’t feel very catchy and the hybrid camber profile felt pretty forgiving and mellow. Well I guess you should take this with a grain of salt because I guess we were all expecting the Man’s Board. This has a much more playful ride.
Powder: No powder to speak of but based on our experiences with other Salomon boards of this nature it will do rather well. The 10 mm set back isn’t great and we’d rather see 20 mm back but it’s still not bad for centered or directional riding. The tip/tail are pretty big though and combined with hybrid camber it’s going to float.
Turn Initiation and Carving: We had a lot of fun carving with this board and the slightly narrower waist was a lot easier to ride than the Man’s Board which is more of a mid/wide ride than this board. So for all of us it was much easier to turn quicker. It had a nice spring edge to edge and made it a fun board to turn which is really important if you are going to ride the mountain a lot.
Speed: The base didn’t feel like it was super fast but it’s not also a slow poke. The board’s medium flex felt damp enough and this will do well on a straight line. It just won’t feel super fast like the Man’s board
Uneven Terrain: Exactly the opposite of the Man’s Board here and very easy in the pushed around messy groomers we encountered on ocassion. Very mellow on the body.
Edge Hold: Generally my experience with Salomon’s Quadratic side cuts is really good but this one wasn’t. Someone might of got carried away with a file on the demo model we tried and I hope that is the case. For us it just couldn’t hold it’s edge well when we leaned into a carve.
Flex: Nice mellow Medium flex that could butter and play around really well.
Switch: This is a directional twin but centered up like we rode it felt really good either way.
Jibbing: This isn’t a bad jib board for us and we were expecting a lot worse.
Pipe: Not quite the edge hold for the pipe but everything else is designed to work really well there.
Jumps: Pretty poppy and fun. We had no problem with springing into an ollie and this is a really fun board to lap the park kickers with.
I can never get Salomon to send boards for long term testing and most shops don’t carry Salomon Demo’s so I might never know if the edge hold is better than it was on the demo. If it is better this is a great all mountain to all mountain freestyle ride. If it isn’t it’s just another average ride.