• Competent Grip
  • Solid Pop
  • Somewhat Forgiving


  • Lacking Set Back In Pow For Easy Float
  • Still Gets Cranky in Hard Uneven Snow


The Salomon Assasin only has 5x2 inserts per foot and doesn't float as well as the Assasin Pro, but it's not as cranky in uneven terrain.

Update 2024: The Salomon Assassin hasn't seemed to change much or at all since it's major overhaul in 2019.  

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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 Great
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Good
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Hard Snow

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Salomon Assassin Table and Written Review Review by The Good Ride

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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.


The flex is pretty medium. If you compare the Salomon Assasin to the old camber boards, buttering is pretty easy, but it’s a bit more difficult than many other boards with hybrid camber out there.


Normally I would go with a 156 for my specs, but the 159 felt just right.  Just like the past year’s 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

It is very stable but not overly catchy and feels 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 the 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. It is very good to have one foot off the chair and a 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.


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

It’s 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 skidding 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.


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.


I really wish the Assasin had 1 extra set of inserts because that would make us classify this as an all-mountain board as we do with the Assasin Pro. When set all the way back at 22.5″, you are only looking at 1″ back from the center of the board. So it’s more for those that want to ride centered/switch/fakie in the deeper stuff. The Assasin Pro is more like 1.75″ back from Center of 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, it’s a pretty good board, though, and it does have a little more directional float than it used to for riding a good foot forward.


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.


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.


Doable but not really the best call.


The Salomon Assasin is such a great pipe board.  It’s got a 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.

Salomon Assassin Specs

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Salomon Assassin User Reviews

Salomon Assassin 2014-2019 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Excellent for piste and powder

Feb 18, 2020 by Andy
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 6 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'0", 78KG, size 9 Boots, Burton Cartel Bindings 

Excellent Board. chose the 159 cm. Had 2 perfect powder days and I actually preferred this board to my 2014 Jones Flagship for powder (now selling), marginally less float was more than made up for by being lighter and easier to maneuver. Feels like an extension of your body. Set back stance felt ample and overall it floats really well I think the extra cm helps. Hit a few hidden ice shelves in powder and it gripped really well due to the side cut. As for on piste, of course it's excellent. Works perfectly as a twin when set up central in duck stance. A true 1 board quiver.

Salomon Assassin 159 2019

Jan 12, 2020 by Bobi
Ability Level: Intermediate / Advance • 
Riding Style: All Mountain / Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 183 cm, 80kg, Nitro boots US10 

Just bought the Salomon Assassin 159 from 2019 ( new shap from 2019 as twin tip with longer nose 1cm for powder) really great board and super light tip and tail. Flex seems to be a bit softer than 5 I guess but the middle board is ok for quickly carving edges to edges, super fun for spins and jumps everywhere. Don't try in powder yet !

Assassin 2019

Apr 01, 2019 by Ammppp
Ability Level: Intermediate-Advance • 
Riding Style: All mtn-freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 156 cm, 10.5 k2 boots 

Great board but softer than expected. seems soft as my old craft (and thats soft). What do you think regarding its flex to previous assassin goodride?

4.8 5.0 9 9 Excellent Board. chose the 159 cm. Had 2 perfect powder days and I actually preferred this board to my 2014 Jones Flagship for powder (now selling), marginally less float was more Salomon Assassin 2014-2019 Snowboard Review

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