The Salomon Man’s Board is a modern classic, often seen on the feet (well, on one foot at least) of Bode Merrill as he continues to challenge for the title of ‘world’s best all-round snowboarder’. That’s not to say that this is a true do-anything board that everyone will take to; if you buy this without appreciating some hell-for-leather speed, it’d be like driving a Ferrari but never taking it above 40mph.
The profile is essentially camber, the classic upward bend between the feet meeting slighty more rockered sections at the nose and tail. These will help when attempting to float in the deeper stuff, but the overall feel of the board will be that it’s snappy, solid and carveable. That’s all great for speed freaks, as is the high-quality sintered base, but it’s built for freestyle too – although we’re talking proper airtime rather than mini-shred. Pop’s not a problem thanks to the basalt stringers, while cork inlays provide dampening near the edges. That graphic’s maybe a bit Marmite, but this is a board that the Salomon design guys have always had their fun with; from the original beer-themed one to this year’s Taylor-Swift-meets-She-Ra version.
“This one is definitely best suited to advanced riders who like to charge the whole mountain hard, or go massive off big booters. The sidecut makes turn initiation smooth, with quick and precise transition from edge to edge. It’s very stiff – at times it felt like the board was riding me, rather than me riding it – but I enjoyed going at full speed through chopped-up crud knowing that the Man’s Board wouldn’t wash out and leave me in a huge mess on the floor.” – Darren Williams