Slash ATV 2014 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Slash ATV is a well made directional twin with a set back stance for those that still like the technical poppy feel of camber compared to the hybrid and rocker shapes out there today. The ATV isn’t for everyone but it’s one of those boards that a technical rider who loves the spring of camber in a carve will really appreciate. It would be fun to ride the ATV on Groomers and then have the Straight for Powder days.
Riders: James and Peter
Conditions: Perfect Groomed runs that lead into a semi messy day that had some hard snow in places. There were some hard patches here and there but it was mostly a great day to ride.
Boots: Burton Ion and Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up- Centered about 22″ wide 15 front -15 back
On Snow Feel: The Slash ATV‘s traditional camber shape was quite refreshing. It’s been a while since both of us have felt such un-restrained camber let free in a board. It’s a medium flex but all that camber and pop make the board feel pretty aggressive. I havnent had that much fun carving for a while. It reminded me of the Custom X put into a directional twin shape. It’s technical and aggressive but it’s super fun to carve up the mountain. You can feel that the ATV has a lot of consequence if you aren’t on your game and could lead those who aren’t very technical to catch an edge. The tip/tail felt very locked into the snow.
Powder: No powder here but the rather pronounced camber will make this a lot more work than the hybrid shapes out there. The -20mm set back makes it better than average but it’s still an entirely different kind of ride all together compared to the shapes that have some rocker in it.
Turn Initiation- It’s quick to turn edge to edge if you are an expert and possibly an advanced rider but it’s not for those that skid their turns. It takes some work but it responds if you turn it right. Wider radius turns are really fun and springy here too.
Carving- I haven’t felt like this in a carve for a while and it really is fun here. It’s got a really good spring out of any turn and especially a carve. It’s really fun laying it out as hard as you can and in many ways it feels like a lower budget Custom X re-shaped into a directional twin.
Speed: It has a pretty fast base and a very chatter free ride. It’s right on the bottom side of excellent and the top side of great. The base wasn’t waxed but with a good wax job it you can tell it would have a nice glide.
Uneven Terrain: The more mediumish flex really does well for a board of this type and doesn’t pass too much shock back into your body. It’s not bad weaving in and out of the bumps and not bad shielding your body from shock.
Edge Hold: The Ultimate Traction side cut grips really well and held really well even when I laid into a carve in harder snow. This was not ice tested but I think by the way it gripped harder Sierra snow it should be almost as good or as good as some of the hybrid camber magnetraction boards. What is even better is id didn’t’ feel like it was grabbing the snow to hard so in softer snow it felt great. So basically until we get more hard to icy days on the board I’ll say it’s on the bottom end of excellent.
Flex: Medium to maybe even Medium stiff. It felt firm but springy. It wasn’t much of a butter or press kind of board.
Switch: It wasn’t perfect switch but it was pretty close all centered up. I think the only difference is the flex in the tip and tail but it’s really not a butter board so for most this will be perfect either way if you can center it with your stance.
Jibbing- didn’t jib or want to jib with this thing.
Jumps: Very aggressive poppy feel to it. It can really spring on an ollie but it felt like you need to be perfect when you do so you land well. We had a 22″ wide stance and I think we would of felt better with our typical 23″ wide stance with a board of this kind of camber. Normally the stance width doesn’t matter too much to me but with a board this technical I wanted my most comfortable stance.
Aggressive All Mountain
Advanced - Expert
Tunisia by Nidecker
On Snow Feel
Icy to Hard
User Reviews of the Slash ATV
Amazing board with an amazing flex. Niedecker makes wonderfull boards that is hard to match for other companies just awsome shape.
Reaktive flex is a great thing The shape is killing it and the product quality is not from this world.
Have a smaller jib board with a loose rocker feel and your quiver is perfect.
One serious but fun well performing all mountain machine and a more laid back softer palyboard like for example burton nug or a rome artifact or a forum scallywag.