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Salomon Assassin Pro 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • 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.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Leigh

“This thing is a pure weapon – a samurai sword of snowboard. I rode the regular Assassin and it was great; it handled powder and a backcountry kicker with ease. But that’s what it designed for so that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

“I thought the funky profile might be a bit squirrelly in a big pipe, but it was the opposite”

What did surprise me, though, was when I borrowed the Pro off Tim Warwood in Korea and went to ride the Olympic halfpipe. I thought the funky rocker/flat/camber profile might be a bit squirrelly in a big pipe, but it was the opposite. It’s way stiffer than the normal board, and super light, so it held an edge effortlessly.

I am anything but graceful in a pipe but I did manage to elicit a cheer from the volunteers for one particularly nice frontside air, the credit for which should go as much to board as to anything I did.”

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