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Salomon Assassin 2014-2019 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Average
Base Glide
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Good
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Salomon Assassin 2019 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Salomon Assasin changed up a bit for the 2019 season. It has an extra cm in the nose to give it a little extra directional float and compared to the 2017 model I owned, it has a little more camber going on underfoot.  We wish it had 6×2 Inserts per binding like the Assasin Pro so it had better directional float but it is still one of our favorite mountain freestyle rides for those that like to stay centered on your board around the mountain in all conditions.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: 159
Days:  5+
Conditions:  Pretty good snow, to some borderline hard snow, some powder and some uneven snow but overall good conditions.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union AtlasUnion Superpro, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis XSalomon Hologram, Salomon District
Set Up
: 22.5” Centered 15 front -15 back and Set back all the way 22.5″ 18 front -9 back

Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal.  Not too light and not too heavy.  Just right.

Flex/Buttering: The flex is pretty medium. If you compare the Salomon Assasin to the old camber boards buttering is pretty easy but its a bit more difficult than many other boards with hybrid camber out there.

Sizing: Normally I would go with a 156 for my specs but the 159 felt just right.  Just like the past years’ models, I liked sizing up a bit and the 159 felt perfect for my size 9 boots, 185-190lbs, and 5’10” frame.

On Snow Feel: Very stable but not overly catchy feel underfoot. The Salomon Assasin feels like a lot of hybrid camber models I tried but it leans a bit towards the mostly camber side of hybrid camber.  There is some consequence to getting off your game but it is still far from being a locked in super technical kind of ride.  Even though it’s a little bit more directional than past years with the extra cm in the nose, it has a very similar mountain freestyle kind of ride going for it.  Very good to one foot off the chair and flat base.

Edge Hold: This equalizer sidecut makes for a very competent ride when riding in harder snow and I feel it’s on par with a lot of mellow mag boards.  What I mean by that is the board can grip really well in hard snow and even hang in icy snow but it is short of the full magnatraction boards out there or boards with really aggressive disruption in the sidecut. It also does a really good job of not grabbing in the softer snow.

Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge and I felt comfortable making quick turns in tight spots.

Turning Experience:  Maybe it’s the little bit more camber I had or that I was riding a 159 instead of the old 155 I owned but the Salomon Assasin 2019 seemed to have a more lively fun turning feel underfoot.

Carving: I have ridden a lot of boards lately with a lot of camber that was dream carvers and thought the Assasin might be on the boring side but it carved really well. If all you want to do is carve there are better boards out there but if you want to carve, butter, get air, ride switch and all that jazz then the Assasin is a great call.

Skidded Turns:  Not scary like a full camber board can be when you are skidding around all day but it’s not super easy either when it comes to skid a turn. You can do it but I think the Assasin is the kind of board that appeals more to the intermediate bordering on an advanced rider on up to the ripper.

Speed: The Salomon Assasin can pick up some pretty good speed and in good snow, it can really jam along without getting too chattery for what it is.

Uneven Terrain: Here is where we really liked the Assasin much better than the Assasin Pro and for a lot of people this is a pretty big deal.  It’s much easier in those micro-bumps you see on hard groomers and riding around in messy choppy snow it works pretty well.  It’s not perfect and can get a little cranky but in comparison to the Pro, there seem to be a lot more dampening properties when it comes to these types of conditions.

Powder:  Really wish the Assasin had 1 extra set of inserts because that would make us classify this as an all mountain board like we do with the Assasin Pro. When set all the way back at 22.5″ you are only looking at 2″ back on board.  So it’s more for those that want to ride centered/switch/fakie in the deeper stuff.  The Assasin Pro is more like 3.5″ back on board which is more what we like to see from a true all mountain/one board quiver type of ride. When we set this back in some thick powder it was for sure more work off the back foot than the Assasin Pro as well as more work than many all-mountain boards we tried in comparison. When centered its a pretty good board though and it does have a little more directional float than it used to for riding good foot forward.

Switch: Even though the nose has a touch more volume than the tail the Salomon Assasin still rides switch/fakie really well and it is still a true twin between the feet.

Jumps: Like the pop and it can Ollie rather well. The Assasin Pro seemed to have more pop but we weren’t lacking by any means with this board and we would choose to dampen in uneven snow over a little extra pop any day.  This also has the flex and stable camber profile to go big if you want to.

Jibbing: Doable but not really the best call.

Pipe: The Salomon Assasin is such a great pipe board.  It’s got strong edge hold, an almost true twin shape, a good amount of camber and a pretty quick turning ride so it ticks most boxes important for me when being exceptionally average in the pipe. It really carves wall to wall well and works with a pretty wide variety of pipe riders.

So, all in all, the Salomon Assasin 2019 is still a very fun ride and I like it a little better than the older models pretty much across the board.

 
Salomon Assassin Past Reviews

The Salomon Assassin is a board that we have ridden for a few years now and each time we ride it we like it more.  It checks a lot of boxes for a solid mountain freestyle ride. The 2018 Salomon Assassin has not changed from 2016 but it grew on us.

2016-2017 Salomon Assassin Review

 

 

 

Size: 155
Days: 4
Conditions: Really good groomers but starting to get a little messy.
Riders: James, Stephen, and Peter
Boots: Burton Ion Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Caliber, Salomon Defender
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back

Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal

On Snow Feel: So this board feels stable between the feet and pretty catch free for having as much camber as it does.  The first time we rode it we all felt the Salomon Assasin feel like it was trying to auto butter on a long drawn out turn at moderate to high speeds.  It was not a good feeling.  Then the second time I rode it a few years later that sensation was gone.  It must have been a demo model construction issue.  It’s got a good camber feel but also doesn’t feel catchy. It’s easy to one foot and flat base.  It’s the kind of board that works well for a wide variety of riders that plan to stay centered and rides fakie a lot.

Powder: No powder in our time of trying but it seems like it might be a little bit of work with the extra camber going on.

Turn Initiation: We had a good time riding the Salomon Assassin.  It springs from edge to edge quickly and it is a fun board to turn.  if you know how to turn it’s got a fun thing going for it and it is lively.

Carving: Carving was really fun and the board rewards you at the end of the turn with a little spring out of it. There is definitely enough camber and edge hold to make this a fun board for those that like to lay it over regular or switch.

Skidded Turns: It’s pretty easy to skid your turns and if you are an intermediate rider that get’s off your game you might not have to pay for it.

Speed: The Assassin has a good base and feels stable enough.  It’s not a bomber board but it’s got good mountain speed.

Uneven Terrain: We love when Salomon put’s a lot of rubber in their rails and we were a little skeptical with the Cork thing but it works and doesn’t feel bad at all in the messy snow we were riding on.  It’s not like some Salomon boards that can get cranky and pass some slow speed chatter up to your knees.

Edge Hold: Really solid upper-level grip.  It gripped but didn’t grab in the soft snow we encountered.  It’s good from Hard to Soft snow. It’s not an ice specialist but we often find that ice specialists aren’t the best in soft snow.

Flex:  Nice Middle ground flex that was easy to butter and press even though there was a good amount of camber going on.

Switch: It felt the same either way

Jibbing: We hit a few mellow jibs in the park and it wasn’t bad.

Pipe: It seemed like it would be a good pipe board that would hold the edge well and the auto butter effect wouldn’t come into play at the slower pipe speeds. It’s also pretty forgiving so that is what we like for a pipe board.

Jumps:  Nice poppy ride going on here. It was easy to ollie and was a lot of fun for all of us involved. It also had a nice stable camber feel to the approach of a park kicker but had a forgiving hybrid shape feel landing.

So I’m not sure why the board auto buttered on us but if that one issue wasn’t there this would probably be a favorite. If it was just me I’d say I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue but since it was Peter and I it seems like this wasn’t just some fluke. That’s the only thing holding us back from really loving that board.

 
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