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Salomon HPS x Asmo 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Salomon HPS x Asmo is one of those super wide but not super short boards that we haven’t come across yet in our gear whoring adventures. We have seen boards like this about 7-10cm shorter but never this tall. It was big and slow edge to edge but surprisingly manageable. It could work for those that want something super different for deep powder but also want a mellow slow turning but good carving ride for groomers.
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.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it. We borrowed this for a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites). After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it. We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Conditions: Decent PNW Powder at Mission Ridge. Probably about 1-2 feet.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs),Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Salomon Highlander
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -3 back. Set all the way back.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal for how massively wide it is. Maybe even light considering the surface area.
Sizing: Felt a little big but not as big as we thought it would for its width. It’s meant to be ridden more by regular and mid-wide feet but based on the shortage of true Wide to even Ultra Wide alternative freeride boards out there it might work well enough for a bigger footed rider.
Flex/Buttering: You could butter off the tail with a little effort and the board had some pretty nice pop to it.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The camber from the back foot to what seemed like a little past the front binding had a somewhat forgiving and stable feel underfoot. It was just a big easy-riding cruiser.
Edge Hold: We didn’t have any hard snow to speak of to test in but we have ridden this sidecut on other snowboards from Salomon like the Super 8 and it had good hold but was a bit behind the more disrupted Quadralizer sidecut. It’s more than competent in hard patches you often find on the way to powder.
Turn Initiation: So with this 27.8 waist width at this length of 157 I handed Peter my insurance card before I rode it. I didn’t need to and this turned really easy for how wide it was. Don’t get me wrong. This does not turn fast but it’s just way more doable at a size 9 (me) or size 8.5 (peter) than we ever thought possible.
Turning Experience/Carving: It’s just soo wide that you can lay it over. It took a little more back foot weight to drive the turn through but about what you would think for 20cm of taper.
Powder: In the 1-2 feet of powder we had that day it floated really easy and felt like it had a lot of float left in it. We set it all the way back but it still had a pretty centered feel for a tapered directional ride like this.
Speed: Pretty stable at higher speeds but we didn’t really push it on the lines we had with it or the groomers we were on.
Uneven Terrain: It’s good enough for powering over some chop but we both would hate to try to turn through a line of bumps on a wrong turn. Some Salomon boards can tend to get this cranky personality underfoot in thicker messier uneven snow. We had pretty good snow so can’t say if this is one of them but it seemed like one of the less cranky Salomon boards.
Switch: if you have to it can be done and the Salomon Asmo is doable.
Getting Air/Park: Good pop off the tail and we weren’t so far back on the tail to make getting air feel sketchy.
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