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Salomon Huck Knife 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Like butter

  • Sizes: 148, 152, 155, 155W, 158, 158W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £389 / €449

Last winter it felt like we couldn’t move for Huck Knifes (or is that Huck Knives…?). Its colour-bar topsheet always managed to catch our eye – more often than not in the park, found under the feet of someone having the time of their life.

Seriously, it was everywhere, which is pretty impressive for a model that’s only been around for two seasons. Get used to it though, because the third incarnation of the Salomon Huck Knife snowboard is set to cement its reputation further still.

“The rocker sections at the nose and tail are very short, but they’re not anonymous”

Clearly recognising that they’re on to a good thing, the folk at Salomon haven’t done much tinkering for 2018/19. One difference we did notice is that, instead of full triax, the new Huck Knife has a mixture of triax and biax. It’s a subtle difference, but one that, if anything, makes it more accessible to intermediate riders with park on their minds.

That being said, it still ticks every box for the more accomplished freestyler. The profile features a unique camber bend that’s mellower in the middle, and more significant towards each end. When applied properly, the Huck Knife will pop to the moon.

The rocker sections at the nose and tail are very short, with the emphasis on the benefits of camber, but they’re not anonymous. When you want to press a rail, or the piste, then they offer a helping hand, and they also make the board less twitchy at high speed than something with a true twin shape but heaps of camber might otherwise feel.

“It still ticks every box for the more accomplished freestyler”

As is so often the case with Salomon boards, the Huck Knife also represents a great deal. You wouldn’t expect something this light, durable, fast and downright fun to ride to clock in at that price, but it does. No wonder it’s selling like hot cakes.

Finally, not that it matters in the grand scheme of things, but it looks even better this year too. The topsheet design is more modern, but still very Huck Knife, while the base has gone full monochrome. Two thumbs up from us.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Sturgesssnowfit.co.uk

“On our shop test trip this board was in such high demand that we had to ration it out – a real favourite. While I do not think it is possible to make a board that truly excels at everything, the Huck Knife is bloody close to pulling it off.

For most riders who get just one or two weeks’ riding in a year and don’t know what the snow will be like, the Huck Knife is the best board to have in your locker. Loaded with Salomons top tech, it’s light, stable, springy and all the other things you would expect from a great snowboard. I found the base to be particularly quick and durable, and I even used it for a few sessions on my local dry slope with no ill effect.

“For most riders who get just one or two weeks’ riding in a year, the Huck Knife is the best board to have in your locker”

So if want an all-mountain freestyle board that will do the job no matter if you are charging, jumping, pressing or floating through powder, this is the one!”

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