The Slash ATV is a seriously cambered directional twin with a set back stance for those that still like the technical poppy feel of camber compared to the hybrid and rocker shapes out there today. The ATV isn’t for everyone but it’s one of those boards that a technical rider who loves the spring of camber in a carve will really appreciate. To me it’s like they took the Burton Custom X, and made it into a directional twin with better edge hold. It would be fun to ride the ATV on Groomers and then have the Straight for Powder days. The 2016 and 2015 Slash ATV is pretty similar to the 2014 except the core might be slightly stiffer. Other than that the ride is almost un-noticeably different.
Positives: Amazing Carver/wider radius turner, Fast, Stable, excellent edge hold and can ride switch really well with a centered stance
Negitives: Not super easy for a set back board in powder and is catchy if you aren’t always on your game.
Riders: James and Peter
Conditions: Perfect Groomed runs that lead into a semi messy day that had some hard snow in places. There were some hard patches here and there but it was mostly a great day to ride.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore, Burton Ion and Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Factory, Burton Cartel, Burton Diode, Flux SF
Set Up- Centered and set back about 23″ wide 15 front -15 back and 18 front -9 back. Centered about 22″ wide 15 front -15 back
Weight: 6.6lbs Size 158
On Snow Feel: The Slash ATV‘s traditional camber shape was quite refreshing. It’s been a while since both of us have felt such un-restrained camber let free in a board. It’s a pretty aggressive med/stiff flex but all that camber and pop make the board feel more catchy/aggressive than you would think. Your edges are really locked in. I haven’t had that much fun carving for a while. It reminded me of a fun looking Custom X put into a directional twin shape. It’s technical and aggressive but it’s super fun to carve up groomers all over the mountain. You can feel that the ATV has a lot of consequence if you aren’t on your game it could lead to catching an edge.
Powder: No powder here but the rather pronounced camber will make this a lot more work than the hybrid shapes out there. The -20mm set back makes it better than average but it’s still an entirely different kind of ride all together compared to the shapes that have some rocker in it.
Turn Initiation- It’s quick to turn edge to edge if you are an expert and possibly an advanced rider but it’s not for those that skid their turns. It takes some work but it responds if you turn it right. Wider radius turns are really fun and springy here too.
Carving– I haven’t felt like this in a carve for a while and it really is fun here. It’s got a really good spring out of any turn and especially a carve. It’s really fun laying it out as hard as you can and in many ways it feels like a lower budget Custom X re-shaped into a directional twin. The fun part about this is the ability to center up the stance and carve switch too.
Speed: It has a pretty fast base and a very chatter free ride. It’s right on the bottom side of excellent and the top side of great. The base wasn’t waxed but with a good wax job it you can tell it would have a nice glide.
Uneven Terrain: The more mediumish flex really does well for a board of this type and doesn’t pass too much shock back into your body. It’s not bad weaving in and out of the bumps and not bad shielding your body from shock.
Edge Hold: The Ultimate Traction side cut grips really well and held really well even when I laid into a carve in harder snow. This was not ice tested but I think by the way it gripped harder Sierra snow it should be almost as good or as good as some of the hybrid camber magnetraction boards. What is even better is it didn’t’ feel like it was grabbing softer snow too hard. So it’s the kind of board that is probably pretty good in icy snow but it also doesn’t overly grab in soft snow which is about as much as you can ask for from a board.
Flex: Pretty much on the Medium stiff. It felt firm but springy. It wasn’t much of a butter or press kind of board and it’s all about edge to edge transitioning. Sure if you are a strong rider you can get a little action out of the tip and tail but this doesn’t like to bend too much tip to tail for playing around.
Switch: It wasn’t perfect switch but it was pretty close all centered up. I think the only difference is the flex in the tip and tail but it’s really not a butter board so for most this will be perfect either way if you center your stance.
Jibbing- didn’t jib or want to jib with this thing.
Jumps: Very aggressive poppy feel to it. It can really spring on an ollie but it felt like you need to be perfect when you do so you land well. Someone who rips in a technical kind of way can spin this board and love it but if you aren’t a ripper its much more challenging to pull off spins.
All in all this is a very fun and impressive camber board that offers up the kind of old school hard carving, springy turning kind of ride that makes for happy riders. It’s only real drawback is powder riding. If you have a dedicated pow board and this kind of ride appeals to you then I wouldn’t hesitate.