The Salomon Sabotage will be hard to miss in 2014/15, given that it carried Jamie Nicholls to an impressive 6th place at the Olympics. It’s a freestyle workhorse that’s been built to tear up the park and pipe, so if that’s not your thing then maybe look elsewhere. Should you be partial to a bit of freestyle, though, definitely have a peep at this.
It’s a true twin (naturally) and strikes just the balance that an all-round park rider needs. The flat section between the feet increases stability and won’t catch on rails, whereas the camber out towards each end gives it plenty of spring off big booters. This combination also makes for good edge hold on your way to the lip, or when you’re taking a break from the park to just burn around the mountain. The edge bevel actually varies along the sidecut (detuned at nose and tail, 2 degrees at contact point, 3 degrees between the feet) so it’ll grip when it needs to without tripping you up midway through your line. It’ll do it all, then, for a great price – and with the ‘Aspen Strong’ core that maintains the flex for longer, should deliver all season long.
“The Sabotage is more flexible than I thought it would be. This does make it more versatile, but I noticed a bit of a trade-off in terms of stability at high speed. At first, you really need to be thinking about what you’re doing on this to get the best out of it, but it doesn’t take long before you can just switch off and enjoy the cruise. It’s also the lightest board I’ve tried this year, and you can’t help but feel the benefit of that when you get in the air.” – Andrew Duthie