The Salomon Derby made its debut two years ago, when Josh Dirksen gave the Salomon Powder Snake a significant design overhaul. Given its creator’s propensity for blasting through deep powder and cranking turns, this thing is designed to excel at both.
This is another short-and-wide model that naturally offers a tighter turning circle than its longer, thinner brethren. This takes a little getting used when cruising the piste, but once you’ve figured it out you’ll find it to be seriously nimble and reactive.
That’s also (along with the tapered shape) what makes it so good in the powder; if you’re looking for something that can handle tight tree runs, this is a strong contender. Dirksen’s a regular visitor to Japan, and it’s no wonder that he always has a Salomon Derby in his bag when he goes.
If you’re not lucky enough to get to Nippon yourself, there’s plenty of other ways to have fun on this board. That wide waist makes laying down carves a piece of cake, and the rocker sections at each end mean that it’s ripe for buttering.
You won’t want to get massive amounts of air with this, but it’s poppy enough to launch off sidehits with ease.
“This is one of the most playful and yet powerful boards I've ever ridden. The 151 still has the surface area of 160, which combined with the profile gives you more than enough float in powder.
The tail is very short, so it sinks quickly and will let you turn fast, but it isn’t massively tapered so doesn’t wash out. Salomon have put their Aspen Strong core in this board so it is very lively and it also means that for a short board it behaves remarkably well at speed.
If you fit the mould of the piste-blasting, powder-if-I’m-lucky, park-if-it’s-slushy rider and you fancy mixing it up with something different, the Derby would be a great choice.
All the playfulness of a short freestyle board mixed with the stability of a fast charging powder machine."