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Salomon Hologram 2019 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Salomon Hologram had a bit of an overhaul for 2019 and it seemed to improve the ride. The heel cup has more shock absorption, the heel loop is stiffer even though it is still flexible and the overall ride seems to have been improved.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it and also had a few days on it at the demos.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: OZ Custom Woody, Salomon Assasin, Salomon Assasin Pro
Salomon Hologram Past Reviews
The Salomon Hologram is a huge improvement over the now discontinued Relay Series. The Salomon Holograms design is so weird that you think you won’t be supported and you are going to have a bad time. After a run, you completely forget that your ankle is surrounded by rubber with a Kevlar rope and start having a lot of fun.
Weight: Size Medium 4.2 lbs with discs and screws
Riders: James, Jimbo, Stephen, Peter, Kyle and many others. I owned a pair, Stephen owns a pair and we’d always like to have this in our quiver.
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Yes Greats, Rossignol One Magtek, Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher, Never Summer Proto, Gnu Space Case, Yes Jackpot, Salomon Sabotage, Salomon Time Machine, many other Salomon boards and I’m sure I’m missing a lot more.
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites, Nike Lunarendore, Burton Ambush, Burton Hail and a few others.
The Salomon Hologram is a continuation from the Relay series is a unique and welcome progression. The Relay was liked by some, but others were lukewarm to cold on them. The new Hologram was liked by everyone at The Good Ride and most people we have spoken don’t have much bad to say about them. So this gives you freedom of movement while still giving you some decent support. We’d say the sweet spot is more in the soft to medium flexing, easier turning freestyle to all mountain freestyle boards. It’s also got a mellow cant to help alleviate stress on your joints.
Flex- The Hologram is very flexy and soft in the heel loop but the high back is more on the soft side of medium. It has a medium/soft torsional flex that does a good job letting you move a little more naturally with the board.
Adjustability: Salomon built the new Hologram with a tool-less system that makes for very easy adjustment. Even better a lot of the Salomon binding uses slide adjustment so all you have to do is loosen the screws and slide. It’s much easier than taking the screw all the way out and putting it back in a hole on the mountain. It drastically reduces the chance of you losing some key piece of your binding. The only thing you need a tool for is a screw for screwing the base plate into the board. You can also perfectly dial in the high back rotation angle to the edge of the board just like you can with Burton bindings because it has a slide adjustment instead of 2 or 3 holes. The only catch is the High Back rotation is also the forward lean. Most of us at The Good Ride (especially me the editor) isn’t really into forward lean so this isn’t an issue. However, if you are into forward lean then their won’t be as much high back rotation.
Comfort: The whole design of this binding is very comfortable from the way the heel loop conforms to the boot to the way the oversized ankle strap wraps around the foot. We are big fans of the over-sized ankle strap and really like it as it’s very easy on the feet. The only thing we noticed is the new ankle straps need a little time to break in before they are super comfortable. The demo models are usually broken in and comfortable when we ride them but the production models we own take about a week of riding to break them in.
Heel to Toe Response– Now you would think with the softish high back and the incredibly soft base plate would make this a nightmare for response. To our surprise, this has a very good edge to edge response. That Kevlar Heel loop does a good job getting the board to turn from edge to edge.
Tip to Tail Response: The binding allows the board to flex well underfoot for a butter. I’m not sure how exactly the tech works that makes this binding flex the board well tip to tail but it does. It seems that a soft heel loop would make it harder but it doesn’t. Maybe it even counter-intuitively creates more leverage because you have more lateral movement than a standard binding. I’m not sure but all I know is it does a good job.
Approximate Weight- It feels pretty light but not in that very light category.
Boot Support: I think we were all surprised at how much support the Hologram provided while still providing a lot of freedom of movement. The shadow tech allows you to do have a much higher freedom of movement to support ratio than almost any other binding. Some don’t care too much about this but for those who do you will be stoked.
Ratchet System: Very good ratchet system and we all have had no issues. We wouldn’t say it’s the best out there but it’s up there in the best
Shock Absorption– The Hologram has tons of EVA padding throughout the binding and can handle a bad landing with the best of them.
All in all, this is one of those bindings where the designer took a big risk with this new tech and against all conventional binding odds it won. This is a binding we always reach for at the Demos and a binding we’d like to have in our quiver as well.
A quick overview of the Salomon Holigram
A Quick Explanation of Shadow Tech
Salomon Hologram Images
Salomon Company Information
Salomon Hologram User Reviews
Got my first set of these err 6-7 yrs ago and havnt bought another brand since, get the new model each year. I ride in malamute boots so the set up feels 100% perfect.
(UNTIL........... I rode the QUANTUMS..)
I thought id never change a binding again. but the difference is huge so now I ride both. these are wonderful for powder. I don't mean hacking off 200000000 meter cliffs, and landing in throat deep stuff , I just I mean riding IN the powder NOT flying over over it. they are super comfy. and this Is where they are a bit of a ..well not let down, bec they are not at all but there are better options . if u like putting the board on edge and stretching as far as the arc wil go, these bindings don't " help" much. they are not as ive discovcered , that quick to and from the turns and don't help lay a long deep edge. BUT that's not what I got them for. in Powder ....these are fabulous .so simple to get in, toe strap is great. foot strap is quite taught not a lot of slip, highback is soft and there is no pain. zilch. just a really nice free ride binding that look awesome and you feel bolted in nicely but wont be winning any euro carve comps in . these are easy styling super comfy but they have enough grunt to get into turns but not to maximize them but ohh so nice nicely in pow.
Harped on about the lack of drive on piste but they actually do ok, they are just not really stiff. and that suits me 75% of the time..will keep getting the new mods each 2nd year.
Salomon Hologram 2016 bindings
I was impressed with the well designed install, comfy straps, and very supportive but unabtrusive highback. It really has a locked in feel that is playful and comfortable. Though when I tried Burton Genesis Reflex on the same board I was surprised how dead the flex under foot feels with the Holograms in comparison. I found that I liked the Genesis significantly better and sold my Holograms.
Salomon should go mini disc or something.... Just saying.
I really want to like these bindings, they ride so well, but they pinch my back heel (right) really badly to the point that there is a bump/bruise after a full day of riding. I have scoured the internet looking for others who had this issue with the hologram, and the video review here is the only one I've found that mentions it. Please let me know if you found a way to help with the pinching!