- Sizes: 150, 153, 156, 158W, 159, 162, 163W, 165
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £449 / €549
With very few exceptions, there’s not a snowboard brand out there worth its salt that doesn’t make a do-anything, go-anywhere all-rounder. These boards often stay in the range for years, building a solid reputation as a versatile, accessible option. The Salomon Assassin is one example – but rather than getting stagnant, it’s constantly being revised and improved.
“The bamboo is concentrated in the nose and tail, stiffening up those areas just enough to increase the pop without making the whole thing feel like a plank”
The outline is still as twin as they come, and as the paint-job suggests it is definitely designed for switch riding. However, the newest incarnation has a more directional flex. The difference between the nose and the tail in this respect means that when riding in powder you should get a better performance when leading with your front foot. It’s subtle, and hardly revolutionary, but sometimes these little tweaks can make all the difference.
Another change for 2018/19 is the addition of the ‘Quadralizer’ sidecut. This is Salomon’s most technically advanced edge technology; a short, straight section directly between the feet that develops into radii of varying sizes along the rest of the edge. The intention is to deliver the maximum amount of edge hold for a twin-outlined snowboard, so you can carve up the pistes like you were on something more suited for charging.