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Salomon Huck Knife 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £400, €440, $450
  • Category: Park/Jib
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 148, 152, 155, 155w, 158, 158w, 162
  • Flex: 6/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: Camber
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM SURFDOME

The Salomon Huck Knife – a newly cemented classic among discerning freestyle fanatics. If you spend your days hotlapping in between the park ropes, chomping sidehits with your homies and dialling in new tricks, the Huck Knife is a strong contender for your new weapon of choice. With this sick puppy, you can go huck yourself with the best of them.

A firm favourite among seasonaires, with the Huck Knife you’re getting a whole lot of snowboard for your money. The same profile as Big Bode’s Ultimate Ride, Salomon’s Quad Camber is tried and tested on the biggest and gnarliest terrain available. Mega poppy and powerful, the Huck Knife has bags of energy to burn and will go gap to rail all day, or until your legs give up.

“With this sick puppy, you can go huck yourself with the best of them”

To ease up landings and smooth out turn initiation you’ve got a tiny bit of rocker at the contact points. This’ll give you a bit of extra leeway if you scuff your landings or have a bit of an over or under rotation in the air.

Whether you’re hitting the big line or just cruising on piste you want a board that’s responsive when push comes to shove. Salomon’s Slingshot Sidewalls lays four strips of carbon between rubber pads down the edge of the board in the heel and toe zones. These load and release energy directly underfoot and engage down the sidecut for rapid fire movement.

“If rails are your jam, Salomon have got you covered by detuning the nose and tail to 2 degrees for a more forgiving feel”

The true-twin shape with a blunted nose and tail is perfect for riding switch and locking in those spins thanks to the lower swing weight and balanced feel. It’s got a nice medium flex and likes to spend majority of the time on jumps and rails, butters in between laps and if you decide to take it in the off-piste it will be most at home jibbing a few natural features. If rails are your jam, Salomon have got you covered by detuning the nose and tail to 2 degrees for a more forgiving feel, whilst keeping it at a 3 degree bevel between the feet for edge hold on take offs to keep those spins precise.

The sidecut uses a blend of short radius and straight lines, with a shorter radius sidecut where your bindings sit to allow for an easier and quicker turn initiation. Salomon have finished it off with a sintered base to keep you steaming along and to stop you falling short and knuckling when the snow gets slushy.

This board will be best enjoyed by playful riders looking to have a good time, if you were hoping for something with a little more kick – check out the Salomon Huck Knife Pro. In the words of the late, great William Shakespeare: “Huck and hope dude”.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“I f*cking loved the Huck Knife in previous years, so was stoked to try it again to see how the new profile changed the ride. I have to say I couldn’t really feel that much of a difference, but it had been a year between the two tests. Regardless, I still loved it. This is really a board that can do it all.

“It felt rock solid when pressing and really stable for landings”

It’s such a fun, playful board and it just wants to pop around all the time. It’s so good for sidehits and boosting off of natural features. I had a quick park lap and it felt rock solid when pressing and really stable for landings. On piste this thing rips! It’s such a bullet train, it’s very dynamic. I love this board, and would implore anyone who wants a firecracker of a board to give it a go.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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