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Salomon Pillow Talk 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

The Salomon Pillow Talk women’s snowboard has been around for a while, but much like the Salomon Sick Stick it received a recent reboot. Style-master Wolle Nyvelt got his hands on it and completely upheaved it as part of his Hillside Collection, and the results are spectacular.

The Salomon Pillow Talk is available in two sizes, each of which has its own shape characteristics. The difference in tail design is the first thing you’ll notice, but what’s perhaps less obvious at first glance is that fact that the waist width of the shorter size is actually greater than that of the longer option.

“The waist width of the shorter size is actually greater than that of the longer option”

As with the Sick Stick, the right choice of Pillow Talk for you has less to do with your own height, and is more about where you’ll be taking it. For tight turns in the trees, the 145 is ideal, while the 151 favours more all-round riding. Both can be ridden a little downsized, though.

The profile is essentially camber, with rocker sections towards each end. That means there’s plenty of edge on hand when you want grip on piste, but it’s a little more forgiving than a straight-up camber profile.

Naturally there’s less effective edge on this than something with a more conventional shape and profile, but the ‘Quadralizer’ sidecut – a blend of straight sections and curves – does a good job of compensating for any the loss in edge hold at speed.

“The tapered outline adds to its overall floatability, but it’s not so directional or stiff that you can’t make the most of natural hits”

Burning around on piste on the Salmon Pillow Talk is all well and good, but it’s really the powder that you want to be aiming for. The tapered outline adds to its overall floatability, but it’s not so directional or stiff that you can’t make the most of natural hits while you’re out there.

In a word still sorely lacking female-specific splitboards, it’s worth noting that there’s now a split version of the Salomon Pillow Talk available too. However, unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool adventureboarder, the original is best. One of the best, in fact.

Tester’s Verdict

Hannah Baileyneonstash.com

“Oh hello, you look fun” is what I thought when first spying the Pillow Talk. Its pastel colours and fish tail combo were straight out of my dreams, ones that only now did I realise existed. And I had the chance to then test it out on a powder day, hooray!

This was set up for a good review, and it delivered. I truly would recommend this board to all ladies looking to enjoy some playful powder riding. For me, it fits the riding vibe I am eyeing up this upcoming season as I aim to hit the slopes for maximum powder and maximum fun.

“The fish tail shape is a big yes”

The fish tail shape, designed by Wolle Nyvelt for the Sick Stick , is a big yes, giving you the floaty carves only snowboard dreams would normally provide. The 146 board itself felt small to be riding in the powder (I am 5’6”), but if the late Burton Nugget taught me anything, size doesn’t matter, it’s how you use it that counts.

The edges aim high, allowing for minimal contact in the light fluffy stuff, and the profile makes for a seriously stable ride. Simply put, I like.”

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