|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
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Salomon SickStick 2018 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The 2018 Salomon SickStick played around with the shape but kept similar, although not the same, hybrid camber profile as 2017. We had a great time on it and would like to spend more time on it. We both liked the overall ride a little better than the First Call but now that it’s in production we aren’t sure if the $200 price difference is equal to the performance difference. If we could swing it we’d go Sick Stick but if we couldn’t the First Call would be just fine.
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Conditions: Pretty good CO snow. A little firm but overall pretty good.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Salomon Hologram,
Set Up: 22.75-23” Centered 18 front -9 back
The 2017 Salomon Sick Stick updated the board to hybrid camber this year and it really makes this stick sicker. It’s much more dynamic as a turner and has more pop while still having a good float for its shape.
2015 Salomon Sick Stick Review
The Salomon Sick Stick is called a tapered twin which doesn’t make much sense. It’s more like a directional twin or even twin-ish board with a slight taper at the tail. The point they are trying to make is this very powder board can handle switch or regular riding very well but ever so slightly favors directional riding. It also handles groomed runs very well.
The Salomon Sick Stick is one of those powder specific boards that are for the rider who likes riding switch in pow as much as they do riding one direction. It has pow rocker shape that makes for a good float and it also has an easy turning stable ride for those crappy paths back to the chair on a pow day. You can hit trees, cliffs, steep chutes or enjoy wide open faces.
The flat between the feet makes for a stable ride when the conditions are firmer or getting through that icy part at the top of a windy peak. Short radius and long radius turns are easy and fun but it’s not an ideal carving board due to the pow rocker. It’s a fun board to slash. The Sick Stick might be better served with the -20mm set back on all the boards instead of just the 166. That way the directional powder rider can get a bit more float
The Salomon Sick Stick is not super poppy when it comes to creating your own air but it isn’t dead by any means. It still feels pretty lively and snappy in terms of response and can be a fun powder board for the right type of rider.
The 2011 Salomon Sick Stick had a few minor refinements. There are some minor changes like a faster base but it is mainly the same board. The 2012 Salomon Sick Stick made some little refinements again and added a size 166 that has a setback. If you like riding powder but want a board that can handle medium to good conditions when it’s not dumping the Sick Stick might be a good choice.
The 2013 & 2014 Salomon Sick Stick has the same design as 2012 with some minor refinements.
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Salomon SickStick User Reviews
I've ridden this board a LOT and I mean A LOT. Picked up a cheap one in '13 and pretty much rode it exclusively for the next two seasons apart from the odd day on other boards. In powder it's good to great with the max setback and doesn't disappoint. On groomers it can be pretty good (morning corduroy) with a decentish carve if a slightly dead feel coming out of turns. You can bomb this board quite comfortably if you like that kind of thing, I do. A lot of people talk about doing 100kph or whatever and although I've tried to give up chasing numbers (it's a dangerous game!) the Sick Stick wil easily handle those kinds of speeds, if you can.
When things get icy is when this board starts to falls short with sub-par grip and for some reason I've found hardpack is it's achilles heel. I don't really know why it fails so completely (and wierdly) on hardpack but it does, you get as much grip as a you would riding a shopping trolley and having edges you can shave with doesn't help.
All things considered a good board that I've had a lot of fun on. It's been relegated to spare now and I'm probably going to chop it into a splitboard.
SickStick 160 Powder Dream!
Best board ever on powder!
(on the stiffer side of all mountain board)