The Slash Brain Storm is new this year and to us it feels like a more mellow, softer quicker turning version of the Jones Mountain Twin. Like the Jones it’s a very playful versatile forgiving all mountain board that has exceptional float in powder. It’s also got that all condition consistency that helps make you a better rider. This is a great entry level all mountain board but also can be fun for advanced to expert level riders that prefer a more playful than aggressive ride.
The 2016 Slash Brainstorm is very similar to the 2015 except it comes in mid/wide to wide this year.
Conditions: Hard snow, medium snow and soft to slushy snow.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Mike,
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro,
Set Up: Centered and a bit set back approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: 157 was 6.6lbs
The Slash Brain Storm’s got the same set back hybrid camber as the Jones Mountain Twin but it’s just got a little less camber between the feet. What that does is make it more freestyle playful and more buttery but as a result it’s not quite the same fun experience as the Mountain Twin on a carve.
On Snow Feel: Very stable forgiving and consistent ride that has the same feel underfoot no matter what condition or terrain you are in. Not many boards can claim that. Usually a lot have a weakness in certain types of conditions like powder or hard snow but this doesn’t. It’s not the cheapest entry level board but it’s also the kind of board that can keep progressing with you as you develop from a beginner to expert rider. It’s easy to one foot off a chair and flat base on long cat tracks. It just says take me anywhere you want to go.
Turn Initiation: Even when we (mostly medium binding riders) had large bindings on this board it still turned easy. When I got medium bindings on the board it was on. It’s super snappy and quick edge to edge and turns without much effort. It’s a good board to have under foot in a tight spot. Medium to wider radius turns aren’t as fun as quick short radius turns but they aren’t lacking either.
Flex: Nice mellow medium to medium soft flex across the board. Often times Nidecker made boards can be too easy to butter. Often times you will find yourself on your ass the first couple times you butter this board. They made the tip/tail stiff enough to be very easy to butter but not so easy a moderate lean back will put you on your ass.
Edge Hold: What ever is going on with the side cut works. It holds an edge really well. It holds well between the feet and it can even handle a little ice. It’s not a super strong ice board though. It’s just comfortable and confident on hard ice. You don’t feel it grab or stick to thick snow.
Powder: This directional rocker/set back camber really makes for an easy floating board. Also the set back on board is pretty good at almost 32mm (1.25″). It’s right up there with many freeride boards we tried without the more aggressive flex. It’s a great board to learn to ride powder on or try new things in powder. Even a centered stance isn’t bad when it comes to switch powder riding but it’s strong point is directional float. It’s got the similar float to the Jones Mountain Twin but turns faster in the trees.
Carving: Not quite the carving board of the Jones or other hybrid camber boards with more camber but you can get a hard turn in. The thing with the smaller camber requires you to keep the pressure between the feet and pretend you are on a smaller board. Setting this board back over the camber more makes it better when it comes time to carve but centered isn’t bad either.
Speed: You can feel a little more chatter than you can with the Jones Mountain Twin. It’s nothing terrible but it’s just not designed to be a bomber board. It’s more of a playful look for features kind of board as opposed to a get to the bottom first kind of board.
Uneven Terrain: So easy over bumps and uneven terrain when it’s time to slow down. Going over or turning around moguls is super easy.
Switch: Now it’s not perfect but centered up you can easily learn to ride switch. The only real difference you feel is when you butter switch compared to regular as the tip has more rocker than the tail.
Jumps: Boards with this little camber usually don’t have much pop but Nidecker/Slash figured out a way to squeeze an extra bit of mustard into this design to make this board pop really well. It’s not the kind of board we’d like to hit a big kicker on but small to medium sized kickers are very easy to approach and land. It’s got great pop for such a forgiving mellow board and it excells in the small to medium category.
Jibbing: This isn’t a bad jib board at all for an all mountain board. Usually that’s the weakest spot and while this isn’t a jib board stand out it’s easier than many all mountain boards here.
Pipe: This is an outstanding entry level pipe board as well as a really fun pipe board for those that don’t like to go super big. It’s easy going from wall to wall and also a nice easy ride to learn new things when in the taco.
All in all this Slash Brain Storm is a nice board for entry level to expert riders that want a playful one board quiver.