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Salomon Protocol Review And Buying Advice

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

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Medium/Soft

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Salomon Protocol 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Salomon Protocol is an interesting and very light board.  It’s like the Sabotage got all paleo diet on us and trimmed a ton of weight. It also trimmed every bit of dampening out of the board and pretty much eliminated everything but the core and the fiberglass.

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Size: 154
Days: 1
Conditions: Good sierra snow that was soft and great for testing
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLXBurton ImperialNike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Quantum

Set Up:23″ Wide centered 15 front -15 back. 

Approximate Weight: Feels incredibly light.

On Snow Feel: Feels like the Sabotage only lighter and a little more flexy.  Didn’t feel catchy and felt pretty playful.

Powder: No Powder but it feels like it should do as well as the sabotage.

Turn Initiation and Carving: Quick and snappy edge to edge but it didn’t work as well on a carve as the Sabotage.  I think all the weight reduction affected the boards’ ability to hold an edge as well as the Sabotage.  It could be that someone got file happy and over de-tunned the edges but I’m not sure.

Speed: There isn’t much going on here speed wise.  There isn’t any chatter reduction going on here and the minimized core didn’t really handle speed that well.

Uneven Terrain: The Salomon Protocol was not too bad but for some reason, it didn’t feel that great. It’s just too minimized for our taste.

Edge Hold: I think we were all expecting the same edge hold as the Sabotage but it was more on the good to bordering on the average side.

Flex: Kind of a medium flex that borders on med/soft. Very easy to butter and press.

Switch: Felt the same either way.

Jibbing: It’s so expensive for a jib board but it did really well.

Pipe: The Protocol seemed like it could be fun in the pipe.

Jumps: Nice poppy springy board that is very easy to ollie and pretty easy to lap the kickers in the park with.

So overall I think this was a light poppy board that we had some fun with but I think all of us would rather be on the $300 less Sabotage instead for a day in day out riding.

 

 
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