Salomon Gypsy Grom 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Salomon Gypsy Grom here

A sister model to the Salomon Villain Grom, the Salomon Gypsy Grom snowboard is cut from a similar cloth; take a much-loved adult deck, scale it down, and tweak the tech to better suit young folks – in this case, girls.

The Salomon Gypsy Grom is suited to beginners, especially given its de-tuned nose and tail and soft, forgiving flex, but it’s a better fit for the emerging freestyle rider who wants something with a bit more oomph than most entry-level boards.

“It’s a better fit for the emerging freestyle rider who wants something with a bit more oomph”

The ‘Popster’ core is more advanced than what you’ll find on most kids’ models; divided into alternating thick and thin sections of Aspen wood, the board can flex where it’s most effective, delivering more ollie power.

Combined with the profile, which raises between the feet and has rocker sections at each end, there’s plenty of pop on hand when it’s needed. A lightweight biax fibreglass makes the Gypsy Grom easy for even the slightest of young shredders to manipulate, and the base is fast without requiring excessive maintenance to remain so.

The graphic on the Salomon Gypsy Grom is an exact match for the full-sized version, an ever-present fixture of the world’s biggest and best parks. If your kid isn’t into that, however, and wants something a bit less bold, then they could always try the Villain Grom instead.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team

Ella’s Comments

“I love the graphic on this board – it turned really well, and I was confident going quickly. My dad set the bindings back in the powder and it worked well. I liked the way it rode set back and left it like that. I found it easy to ride switch as well”

Dad’s Comments

“This and the Salomon Villain Grom were some of the first boards we tested. The kids were coming off easy to ride flat or rockered profile boards, and the change to a more cambered profile was instantly noticeable.

A camber board feeds energy back to them through the turn, and I saw their riding progress from the first runs. The Gypsy Grom is a great board for taking your kids to a more advanced level.”


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