If you were to take the Salomon Assassin and strip it back to basics, you’d end up with something like the Salomon Craft. There may be a drop in quality, but not every snowboarder needs a huge amount of tech - and the reduction in price is substantial.
It’s quite soft and has an extruded base, so even though this is technically an all-rounder it’s not really one for melting it down freshly-groomed corduroy. Instead, this would suit the rider who’s still developing their technique and doesn’t want to rule anything out.
As a true twin it’s ripe for the park, and the profile (camber with rocker at the nose and tail and a flat section between the bindings) allows you to get plenty of pop and edge control while also being great fun for messing about on the piste.
The core has a no-nonsense Aspen composition which feels stable, strong and predictable. A little rubber has been placed at the sidewalls to protect against impact damage, but for the most part this board offers thrills without the frills.
“I loved this board last year, and the new one’s just as good! I headed straight to the park with the Craft and immediately noticed how easy it was to mess around on.
It’s soft enough in the nose and tail to hold you in a good press without sending you over, but the sidecut does wonders for your confidence when you’re taking it over jumps and side hits.
Riding the board on piste was easy, and while I didn’t get to try it into any fresh snow I did take out its bigger brother the Assassin in the deep stuff, and it worked very well."
"The sidecut does wonders for your confidence when you’re taking it over jumps and side hits"