The Salomon Gypsy was popular even before it carried Jenny Jones to her Olympic bronze medal, and that historic result will no doubt have sent this to the top of many a British rider’s wishlist for the coming season.
This features Salomon’s blend of camber, flat profile and rocker that they call ‘Rock Out Camber’; you’ve got a flat section between the feet to increase stability, which transforms into a more classic camber shape under the feet before turning upwards in a reverse camber section at each end. That all results in a board that you can both pop and press without much effort. It’s quick, too; in the past Jenny has often praised Salomon bases for their ability to always send her past the knuckle regardless of what the snow’s like. The sidecut – a mixture of flat-sectioned ‘Equalizer’ tech and traditional radial shape – keeps carves on the table while not being super aggressive. It’s not stiff so you’ll have to be fully on your game when going for anything big, but the advantage of this is that it won’t feel out of place on fun side-hits. All things considered, the Gypsy is a freestyle board that isn’t limited to high-end park slayers. That price is pretty sweet too.
“More flexible than a yoga instructor, this one handled freestyle really well. I especially liked how light it felt when in the air. As park boards go, it’s also surprisingly stable when you point it through some rough terrain. It fell away a little when turning through the tracked, chopped up stuff, and wasn’t best suited to deep powder, but in its element (the park) it really lights up.” – Hannah Bailey