The Slash Aurora is a double camber version of the ATV. It’s fast and aggressive and mean. This hybrid camber shape is not like Lib Tech’s C3. The camber in the middle touches the snow at the same spot as the tip/tail. I thought this might be more mellow than the ATV but it felt about the same and maybe even more challenging to ride. Not much has changed over the years.
Conditions: Both days with Harder snow in the morning slowly softening up.
Boots: Burton Imperial
Burton Cartel EST, Burton Malavita, Burton Malavita EST , Burton Diode EST
Set Up: Close to centered approx 23″ wide 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
On Snow Feel: The Slash Aurora is the kind of double camber that’s unique to the industry. It’s a step up from Mervin’s C3 with the camber in the middle touching the ground as well as the tip/tail. It feels like camber on steroids and I felt very tenative riding it. You have to be in a very aggressive I’m going to dominate the hill kind of mood. Part of me thinks that with the extra camber in the middle it makes it feel possibly even more locked in than the ATV’s traditional camber. I felt both days that I couldn’t screw around with this board.
Turn Initiation: Now this board isn’t for the rider who doesn’t know how to turn. For those who do you can snap it quickly from edge to edge. All radius size turns are pretty springy but you always have to be on your game. I enjoyed the snap from edge to edge a little better with the ATV but both were pretty fun to turn.
Flex: Pretty stiff and it borders on being stiff. It could butter ok but it takes some strength and a serious lean to get it to do so. It’s much more on the other side of the spectrum from the Slash Brainstorm.
Edge Hold: Really solid grab in hard snow and it borders on holding well in ice.
Powder: I had no powder to speak of but it’s about the same as the ATV. It’s got a little less set back but should plain a little better so it kind of evens out.
Carving: Both of these boards carve really well but I’d say the ATV is just another shade of excellent better. Both can really rail out a nipple scratching carve but the ATV had just a little better spring out of the turn.
Speed: Just about as fast as it can get for an all mountain board. The base holds its speed pretty well and this board is very damp.
Uneven Terrain: Not super friendly in bumpy snow but it’s also not as bad as I would of thought it would be.
Switch: With a centered stance you can have a pretty good time riding switch but its not something to try to learn new tricks on.
Jumps: Not quite the spring as the ATV but it still has a good snap off the tip and tail.
Jibbing: Didn’t even try to jib.
Pipe: Didn’t ride the pipe with this board.