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Salomon Gypsy 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

The Salomon Gypsy women’s snowboard got a bit of an overhaul last winter, but the verdict from our test team was clear; it was still the same high-end park killer thats big on performance, yet surprisingly low in price.

For 2018/19, not much has changed. The Salomon Gypsy still shares much of the same tech as the Villain in the men’s range, although is a bit softer to better suit most female riders’ vital stats. That’s mainly down to the use of biax fibreglass, rather than triax, which makes the board easier to manipulate torsionally.

“For female park fiends, the Salomon Gypsy remains one of the finest boards out there”

Salomon’s sintered bases have a strong reputation for speed, and it’s no different on the latest Gypsy. Sail past the knuckle every time, and enjoy rapid performance on the piste too. Of course, being a freestyle board through and through, the former should be your focus.

Thanks to bamboo rods and carbon stringers, loading up the nose and tail of the Salomon Gypsy is easily done. What could have potentially required a lot of effort is made simpler thanks to the thinner sections of the core, which make it easier to flex from nose to tail.

The profile (mostly camber, with a flat part between the feet and rocker at each end) is a great all-round option for freestyle, ensuring you’ve got plenty of pop without sacrificing playfulness.

For female park fiends, the Salomon Gypsy remains one of the finest boards out there. Meanwhile, aspiring groms should check out the Salomon Gypsy Grom.

Tester’s Verdict

Stella Penttiwhitelines.com

“Honestly, this is the best board I rode all season! I decided to ride it on my last day of my season, in early May, so safe to say it was slushy and sunny, and I just wanted to fool around on the pistes. And I definitely chose the right board for that.

“Sessioning side hits and landing on slushy pistes never felt so stable”

I had so much fun; sessioning side hits and landing on slushy pistes never felt so stable. Turning into little side bumps also felt effortless, so even though the board was stable it wasn’t stiff. I also gave it a couple of tries through the park and it was brilliant there too.

Anyone who’s ever been to Kaunertal Spring Break may know that on the last day of riding you might feel a bit wobbly and, well, not at your fittest… Considering this, I still felt really good riding this board.

It is fun, stable, and easy to control. If you’re looking for a board for fooling around on the piste and hitting slushy side hits, this is definitely it!”

Tester’s Verdict

Joy Dutchsnowboard-asylum.com

“The Gypsy is a board that never gets boring – it keeps every run fresh and fun. The softer flex pattern is perfect for playing around on, but never once felt like it got jittery as I picked up speed.

“A great board for playing around on, with loads of pop and playfulness”

The fast base meant that it was effortless to gain speed on the run-in to kickers or features, even when the snow was heavy and slushy. I rode the board nice and short, which gave it a great swing weight for spins, and despite being shorter it still was able to turn nicely and put it some decent carves.

A great board for playing around on, with loads of pop and playfulness – fantastic for the whole mountain.”

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