|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
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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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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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The Marmite Board
As a Brit I usually ride in poor conditions. (Dryslope and Indoor Centres) on freestyle nights on average twice a week for 3 hours each time. If you want to do this is strongly recommend a much softer board with a flat of rocker profile. But 3 glorious weeks of the year I get to fly to France.
I then took this board to the mountain and fell in love with it instantly. The camber profile provides tonnes of pop so much in fact you can jump from edge to edge with ease which I find super fun you just want to charge down the mountain. This board can handle high speed exceptionally well. If you are concerned about high speed chattering as mentioned in other reviews, I didn't notice any.
I didn't have much opportunity to take this board off piste due to poor conditions but when I did it floated well in powder and slush (The lightness of the board is very helpful when slush surfing. It helped me go a lot longer than my more experienced snowboarding companions whose legs tired quickly with the heavy slush.) The base is exceptionally durable and handled the poor conditions (lots of rocks and pebbles around) After a weeks riding in terrible conditions with very little snow. The majority of the scars will wax out, those that didn't were caused by my own stupidity and not a reflection on the board.
I did take this board on rails. As with any board it is possible and fun. The flat out camber profile is very helpful to pop on to those rails at low speeds however I would not buy this board if you were looking to solely lap the rails section. It is to stiff to allow for any mistakes on rails and is over priced.
This board was very much in its elements over the kickers, the sintered base and carbon rods provided lots of speed and air, landing heavy on the knuckles after speed checking a little to much is a thing of the past. The weight of the board makes it easy to throw around in the air and the medium flex provides the pefect balance between stability and forgiveness on the landing.
This board is very fun to butter if you can already butter. If you can't it may take a little longer to learn on this board. But if you can butter this board you can butter every board.
I would definitely recommend this board if you live close to a mountain or looking to do a season you will have a lot of fun on it.