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Salomon Sickstick 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 157, 162
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £560
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They say size doesn’t matter, but in this case it does. The Salomon Sickstick (part of the Hillside Project) is a pow specific machine designed by none other than Wolle Nyvelt. The board comes in three different sizes, each size specifically designed for a certain type of riding. So, whether you get your kicks from riding in the trees or charging down the steep, you’ll need the right size of Sickstick in order to scratch your itch.

If you like them short and chubby the 151 is the one for you out of this trio. It’s the shortest yet widest one out of the range and made for cruising in between tight tree lines. The 157, the happy medium, is aimed for freeriding. With a narrower waist than its brothers, the 157 is nearly as wide as your average board so you don’t need to worry about putting any extra effort into your turns. The tallest one of the trio, the 162, is wider than your average board for increased float in the deep. This thing is aimed for the madmen who like to charge down the steepest parts of the mountains.

“The board comes in three different sizes, each size specifically designed for a certain type of riding”

Even though the boards differ in width and size, they share everything else. All three boards have a slightly tapered shape, which makes it easier to stay afloat in powder. However, this is still a twin shaped board so if you feel like taking it for a spin… spin it will.

The camrock profile (rocker at both ends, camber under the feet and flat in between the feet) makes for a versatile vehicle – the rocker at tip and tail ensures float, the camber underneath the feet makes for a poppy yet stable rider, while the flat in between the feet makes more stable while cruising.

Living up to its name, the Salomon Sickstick is truly a sick stick. It feels most comfortable in powder, but you can easily take it for a spin on the piste, or even in the park, if that’s what your heart desires.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“Not just a clever name, this is very much a ‘sick stick’ and a major freeride badass. There is a lot more than meets the eye with this snowboarding curiosity.

Being a gangling fellow, 6,1ft in stature, I bought the 2019 157 Sick Stick and fell in love with it. Definitely an all-time favourite snowboard for me. Figuring that I’d mastered the 157, I got the chance to ride the smaller 151, 2020 model, at a February test event. With a small snow dump the night before, I got to ride it for one day in multiple conditions.

In your hand, you quickly notice this is a fine piece of wood – beautiful design and craftsmanship throughout. On the snow this thing rips. Not to be labelled a ‘powder only’ board, this is a twin and demands to be treated as such; tons of fun across the whole hill.

“It is light and has a solid little pop, ollies felt good, and kickers were a blast”

The 151 didn’t feel at all small after riding the 157 for so long. I really enjoyed the tight responsive turns facilitated by an incredible edge and perfect sidecut. The camber right under foot is explosive in the smaller package, the pop between turns is electric, great for getting low; pushing fast and nimble turns on the cords and hard pack. Having big feet, I didn’t have to sweat about toe drag as its nice and wide, great for doing (attempting) euro carves. It floats well in powder and demands to be ridden fast and slash hard.

The sick stick is pretty stiff, I think about a 7 or 8, and I’ll admit it was a little tricky getting used to this on the smaller 151 board. It was very responsive and fast, but definitely got a bit wild when charging hard (it felt a bit out of control – but this could just be me being sketchy). There are definitely more relaxing boards out there but, screw them, this thing is made for getting a bit loose.

It is light and has a solid little pop. Ollies felt good, and kickers were a blast. Super response in the air, coupled with some flexy bindings, means you can get some tweaked out grabs going on this bad boy. Riding switch looks weird but feels fine.

Overall, I would say I will stick with my 157 Stick, but it is a very close call. If I were a rich man I’d buy the whole series; the sick stick is in a world of its own, and a truly great board. An excellent option for anyone looking for a modern freeride classic.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Ed Leigh

“I initially struggled with this board because it took me a while to figure out. It is essentially a serious backcountry freestyle machine that Wolle Nyvelt has craftily disguised as a powder board.

“It was incredible in big terrain, but amazingly I also started using it in the park and it was utterly fine”

Don’t be fooled by the pared-down graphics and funky tail; this is a tapered twin, so the nose is wider than the tail to help float, but the profile is symmetrical so you can ride it switch. The first couple of times I rode this I set the stance right back as it’s smaller than my standard powder board, and it really didn’t work. I had epic conditions, but it felt like I was fighting the board. It wasn’t at all fun.

I went back to it a month later, centered the bindings and discovered a completely different board. Instead of trying to pivot off the tail I started to drive off the front foot and it was brilliant. It was incredible in big terrain but amazingly I also started using it in the park and it was utterly fine.

Maybe it was the journey and the surprise at working it out, but this was one of my favourite boards of the season.”

Tester’s Verdict

Jon Birdldmountaincentre.com

“I rode the 157 version of the Sick Stick, and found that it delivered a hard charging, ‘locked in’ feel on the groomers and hardpack.

“The Sick Stick was built for freeride fun”

In the powder is where it really came alive, though. Great float, effortless turning and loads of pop off natural hits; the Sick Stick was built for freeride fun.

The Sick Stick is a board you want in your bag for those days when the storm clears and there’s fun to be had in the deep stuff.”

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