That topsheet graphic makes a heavy suggestion that the Slash Happy Place is all about fun, but you’ll be left in no doubt whatsoever one you get an idea of what’s under it. It’s got a much, much softer flex than its Slash stablemate the ATV, and is aimed more at the freestyle-loving folk among us.
Three varieties of wood (poplar, beech and spruce) combine in a snappy, lightweight core, which is reinforced with carbon at the contact points for even more pop. Boards of this ilk tend to feature an extruded base, but Slash is a sintered-only brand. Still, the version used here (and only here) is extra durable and will hold up to multiple streetrail sessions – as will the edges that feature an extra third more steel than the industry standard. The ‘Camrock’ profile isn’t as suited to a hard carve as classic camber, but still provides more than enough edge hold for the purposes the board is designed for. Extra grip comes from two more contact points found at the waist, a feature called ‘Ultimate Traction’ that is present on all Slash sticks. These make light work of hard-pack, adding to the Happy Place’s cred as a freestyle stick that won’t let you down once you’ve left the park.
“The great thing about this one is that it just ticks all the boxes; it’s the perfect balance between freestyle playfulness and solid stability. On the upper slopes, where it was a bit firmer, I could really feel the bumps on the edges and the camber section between the feet working their magic. It could maybe have a bit more pop, but overall this board’s fun factor is through the roof! If you enjoy all aspects of riding, this will give you a lot of bang for your buck.” – Matt Higson