- Sizes: 150, 153, 156, 158W, 159, 162, 163W, 165
- Flex: 8
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £549 / €649
We love this year’s Salomon Assassin, a fresh take on a long-serving board that truly does it all – and the price is right too. If you’ve got a bit more wedge to spend, though, then you can always try the Salomon Assassin Pro snowboard instead.
We’ll quickly summarise the similarities first; like the standard Assassin, the Salomon Assassin Pro has been given a directional twin shape in 2018/19, replacing the true twin of its debut year. There’s also an upgraded sidecut, which blends sidecuts of different radii – as well as the odd straight section – to provide serious edge hold through the turns.
“Premium in every sense, this is a board for any rider with a no-compromise approach”
So far, so Assassin – but the Pro version has a couple of power-ups of its own. Rather than the all-Aspen core, it takes advantage of lightweight paulownia, resulting in a poppier ride that’s just as good at dealing with abuse. Also, instead of carbon stringers at the nose and tail, it has full-on beams that require more effort to load up, but deliver ollie power in spades.
The factory tuning of the Salomon Assassin’s sintered base is also on a higher level, making this rapid right out of the wrapper.
Premium in every sense, this is a board for any rider with a no-compromise approach.