List Price US $569
Salomon Reserve Snowboard Review and Buying Advice

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Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Hard

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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Salomon Reserve 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Salomon Reserve is the Salomon Rancho from 2014 with a new name. We like this fun carvy directional tapered board.

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.

Size: 
Days:  1
Conditions: Really good snow with a little powder in the trees but most time was spent on the groomers.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton ImperialNike Kaiju
Bindings: Salomon Defender
Set Up: Set Back 23″ wide 15 front 0 back

Approximate Weight:  Feels pretty normal to bordering on light

On Snow Feel:  Nice stable camber feel without the catchy feel that camber has. Doesn’t have that auto spin feel that many hybrid rocker boards have but instead acts like the hybrid camber board it is.

Powder:  This camber profile has a really solid float.  I think it’s flat after the camber towards the nose but it almost feels like there is a touch of rocker in there.  Regardless the tail sinks and the nose effortlessly floats.

Turn Initiation and Carving:  Really fun to make surfy turns and carves off the back of the board.  Very surfy ride.

Speed:  You would think this would be slower with the more mid flex but whatever dampening properties are built into the board really do their job.  Very damp for its flex.

Uneven Terrain: Really good choice for those weekend resort riders that love a directional freeride board that can bomb morning groomers or slash up powder but then still be fun to ride and the end of the day when it’s all bumpy and messy.

Edge Hold:  Nothing special here but maybe a bit on the good side middle.

Flex:   What a fun flex for a board you would expect to be stiffer.

Switch:   No thank you but doable if you have to.

Jibbing:   Nope

Pipe:   Maybe

Jumps:  Fun snap off the tail that’s kind of rubbery but still pretty poppy.  Great for a method off a natural feature.

 
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