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Salomon Assassin 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 150, 153, 155, 158W, 159, 162, 163W, 165
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £470
  • BUY FROM SURFDOME

A modern classic – the Salomon Assassin has already made quite a reputation for itself. This all mountain beast has become a favourite amongst many and if you’re looking to buy one board that can do it all, the Assassin is a worthy weapon of choice.

This all-round killer assures you can cover any terrain you’ll face. The camrock profile, directional twin shape and stiffish flex makes this a versatile freestyle board that thrives in the park and beyond. With the Aspen wood core and bamboo in both tip and tail (for increased pop), you can be sure this board will have your back whether you’re stomping kickers in the park or carving down the piste.

“The camrock profile, directional twin shape and stiffish flex makes this a versatile freestyle board that thrives in the park and beyond”

Using Salomon’s most advanced edge technology, the Quadralizer sidecuts maximise edge hold for this twin shaped board (you’ll feel really stable when speeding up on the groomers). This specific sidecut technology also allows for a more predictable turn initiation, providing great edge hold and good grip on hard packed snow.

The Royal Cork sidewalls reduce chatter so the chances of you falling flat down on your face and pulling the mother of all scorpions becomes substantially smaller. In addition to the sidewalls keeping you vertically upright instead of laid out horizontal, you’ve also got the Popster Eco Boosters doing a job for you. These boosters give the board a perfect balance between flex and strength, something Salomon have done by varying the thickness of the wood used in the core of the board.

If you’re looking for a specialist board for a very particular type of riding you might need to turn elsewhere – but if you’re in the market for a versatile all-rounder the Salomon Assassin will be right up your street. It might not be ideal for beginners, but intermediate to advanced riders will appreciate pretty much everything this board has to offer.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed LeighPresenter/Commentator

“There are very, very few boards out there that can genuinely claim to do it all, but the Assassin is one of them. Somehow Salomon have cracked the flex|profile|sidecut code and produced a board that will drive through a turn, float in powder, and get stuck into rails without feeling like it’s compromising.

“There are very, very few boards out there that can genuinely claim to do it all, but the Assassin is one of them”

The pro is light and stiff, which is great if you know how to use it. If you’re an intermediate though, you’ll have more fun on the softer more forgiving standard Assassin core.

Whether you get a week or two a year on snow or you’re doing a whole season, if you’re planning on going to the mountains with only one board then this might be just the thing you’re after.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Mike Brindleywhitelines.com

“After a week spent cooing over some of next season’s finest powder boards (with the snow conditions to match) taking out an all-mountain twin was always going to be a bit of a risky maneuver.

In all honesty, my first impressions here were that I could see why people might want to upgrade to the Pro version – the base wasn’t as speedy as I’d like, and I wasn’t getting as much conviction out of the camber section of the combo profile as I’d expected – but as the day wore on, I began to see where Assassin fans get their ammunition from.

“This is the workhorse that you’ve been promised, even without the bells and whistles of its big-brother Pro edition”

On an open powder field, the humble Assassin truly held its own alongside other members of the crew on their more single-minded directional steeds; but while you’d need Ben Ferguson-style skills to take those kind of boards to the park, this was instantly happy adapting to side hits and jibbing about on a home run, or being thrown haphazardly into piste butters.

This is the workhorse that you’ve been promised, even without the bells and whistles of its big-brother Pro edition, and if you’ve only got room for one board in the bag, it’s as strong a contender as any.”

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