Salomon ÄSMO 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 157
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £600

The Salomon ÄSMO 157 is the third chapter in the Salomon x Hillside story. As you’ve probably guessed, this is a collab between Salomon and ÄSMO. It’s designed by none other than Wolle Nyvelt, the founder of ÄSMO Pow Surfers and a proud member of the Salomon snowboard team. The outcome of this alliance is an absolute powder machine, designed to ride with the same mentality as the ÄSMO Snow Surf – just with, you know, bindings.

Wider than your average snowboard, this powder ship is really going to float your boat. In general, of course, a wider board gives you better float in the deep stuff although this additional width does often come at a cost with turning made to feel a bit more heavy-handed. Luckily the guys have thought about this and put in some quadratic side cuts. These specific side cuts are a mix of straight lines and curves located at specific points on the board to deliver excellent grip and supreme turning.

“These specific side cuts are a mix of straight lines and curves located at specific points on the board to deliver excellent grip and supreme turning”

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With camber under the back foot progressing into flat and a long, progressive rocker, you’ll find this board to be quite the hulk up in the nose. If you want to charge, don’t be afraid to lean forward and put your weight in the front – seriously, you’ll fly like someone’s just lit a fire under you.

If you aren’t one for speed, then not to worry, the camber under the back foot allows you to simply sit back and pump turns. With a flat short tail, you’ll get a surfy feel at the back of the board while also finding it to be quite nimble in between trees.

Despite its home being in powder, the Salomon ÄSMO isn’t afraid to come out and play outside its nest. This board floats like a dream, carves like a king, and charges ten times faster than your iPhone X.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“Picking this one up at the Salomon stall in La Clusaz, I only heard a handful of words from the rep. Something about walnuts. I think he mentioned Wölle, too. And width, there was definitely something about width.

Truth be told, I was way too busy getting the bindings on this thing and absolutely amping to take her for a rip on the fresh reload that mother nature provided us with overnight.

In the powder? Ho-ly crap. It’s a skimboard. I’d have thought I was genuinely floating were it not for the hissing and wooshing sounds of snow coming out from the sides. There’s absolutely no sinking that nose.

It’s not much of a cut out on the tail, but that just led for a really stable sensation when turning with the backfoot and left me “pumping” the Ãsmo through the powder fields of La Clusaz.

“In the powder? Ho-ly crap. It’s a skimboard”

Back on the piste was a somewhat different story. Despite Salomon’s renowned sidecut profiling and the section of camber towards the rear of the door, this felt really cumbersome to get down the chopped up pistes. Granted, it was never really made for that, but in my opinion, a powder board needs to deliver a little bit over the rest of the mountain when you’re hunting for that next stash in order to make it something worth spending on and riding in conditions that don’t just come around once a season.

I don’t want to end on a downer, because the Ãsmo gave me one of the best powder runs of my season. If you’re thinking about getting one, just make sure it either snow’s by the bucketload, or stays cold enough to stop the powder chopping up. Then you’re laughing.”

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