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Salomon First Call 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Once again, Salomon has handily differentiated between the Salomon First Call snowboard and its identically-shaped older brother, the Salomon Sick Stick, via the graphics. It’s another retro paint job for this one in 2018/19, and a closer look only makes it more appealing.

Essentially, the Salomon First Call is a downgraded Sick Stick. You get all the benefits of its freeride-meets-freestyle shaping – courtesy of Wolle Nyvelt, who knows a thing or two about both – but in a simpler, more affordable package.

“Which size you go for depends on what you want it for, rather than your own dimensions”

There’s still a lot of impressive stuff going on here. The base, while not as techy as that of the Sick Stick, is still sintered, and the core has the same varying thickness for increased pop. Basalt stringers run the length of the board, increasing the longevity of the Salomon First Call.

Which size you go for depends on what you want it for, rather than your own dimensions. The shortest is actually also the widest, making it an ideal short ‘n’ stubby model, while the longer versions are better suited to more conventional freeriding.

If you’ve got some extra cash then the Sick Stick is also worth a look, but in its short life the Salomon First Call has earned plenty of its own plaudits too – just check out our tester’s review below.

Tester’s Verdict

Dan Wilsonsnowfit.co.uk

Wolle Nyvelt has shaped something to really make you question a ‘traditional’ powder stick. With its throwback graphics added into the mix you’ve got a board that looks great and will effortlessly send you into the future of powder days.

“I’d be hard pressed to find something this board couldn’t handle”

The First Call was softer than I’d expected, without feeling so loose that I’d lose any performance along the way. Being a tapered twin and using Salomon’s Rock Out Camber profile, you really get the benefit of a freestyle-feeling ride.

This would allow for those tight creative turns through the trees, playing off little hits along the way. I found the nose was super surfy, offering float from powder through to slushier conditions later in the season. The added flex of this board really allows for versatility across a range of conditions, and I’d be hard pressed to find something this board couldn’t handle.

At such a competitive price, this board is offering something that’ll suit riders of all levels and get you pumped day after day.”

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