|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Salomon Huck Knife Pro 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Salomon Huck Knife Pro is a pretty beefy version of the regular Huck Knife. It’s a pretty semi-technical/aggressive mountain freestyle to freestyle twin for those that like a lot of camber or go a little bigger than your average rider.
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How This Review Happened: We had a few laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: Copper Mountain groomers that had a soft layer of snow above a pretty hard snoment block below
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Response
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Salomon District HPS
Similar Boards (but not the same): Endeavor Pioneer, Lib Tech TRS HP, Never Summer Proto Type Two, Nitro Fury, Yes Greats, Lib Tech Hot Knife, Stone Message, Prior Wildcard, Marhar Darkside,
Rossignol Jibsaw, Lib Tech Box Knife
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered.
Approximate Weight: Felt on the light side of normal.
Sizing: The 155 was the perfect size for Peter and I for doing well everywhere and going bigger but the 152 could be fun if we wanted to have something we could power around easier in the park for our ability level. For Zobel, the 155w would be the call to get rid of toe/heel drag even though he liked the regular 155.
Flex/Buttering: The Salomon Huck Knife Pro has a pretty medium to medium-stiff flex that doesn’t really butter easy but if you get to know the board and are on the stronger side of the buttering spectrum you can have a time. There is a lot of pop and energy in this medium to medium-stiff flexing board and it really snaps back when you bend it on snow or in the shop about the same.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Salomon Huck Knife Pro takes it a step up from boards like the Assasin with more camber and only a touch of rocker. We could for sure feel that and it is only a little less locked in than most camber rides we tried. It’s not for people who skid their turns or are learning lots of new tricks and want something consequence-free. It tracks very well and feels pretty stable.
Edge Hold: If you want a full magnetraction kind of ride then you will be disappointed. Salomon oversells their edge tech as something more than it is but still, this Quadralizer still has a competent grip and held well enough when we got the edge through the soft snow on the top and into the snowment block below.
Turn Initiation: I didn’t feel it was that tight of a turner and it didn’t respond super fast. Felt mediumish to me but felt medium/fast for Peter and Zobel.
Turning Experience/Carving: All that camber and pretty competent edge hold really makes for a pretty fun twin to carve regular and switch with. For me the radius of the turn of the Salomon Huck Knife Pro had on medium to hard turns felt a little off compared to some boards I prefer but there is no arguing that it has a powerful spring out of the turn. Peter and Zobel were good with it though.
Powder: No powder but this doesn’t seem like a board we’d want out even in 8 inches of thick West Coast dumpiness.
Speed: There was some chatter in the tip/tail but it felt way more damp for their Pro model. We had some pretty smooth low angle groomers on this but the base had good enough glide and the board could for sure point it and feel pretty stable doing so.
Uneven Terrain: In the conditions we rode it, we didn’t feel a lot of the trappings we often do with Salomon’s Pro boards or other boards like in their line have when it comes to uneven snow chatter.
Switch: Practically perfect either way.
Getting Air/Park: So the Salomon Huck Knife Pro is marketed as a park ride for the Salomon Pro’s but for many average riders this might be too much. It’s a technical/go medium to big Jump and Pipe board but it also surprised Zobel on how well it locked into the little jibs Zobel hit.
So overall, it was a ride that has a lot of appeal for the more technical aggressive mountain freestyle to freestyle rider and while it might not be an everyman’s board some rippers might find their soulmate with it.
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