Salomon Sickstick 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £580 / €640 / $650
  • Category: Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Advanced
  • Size: 153, 157, 161, 165
  • Flex: 8/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Base: Sintered

Wolle Nyvelt has done it again. Back for another year – the Salomon Sickstick. Designed by one of Europe’s best all-round snowboarders, we were stoked to see it’s reappearance for 20/21.

As part of the Hillside project, each size has been shaped for a specific discipline of all mountain freeriding: whether you like weaving trees, or bombing it down an untouched face – there’s something to suit everyone. A few tweaks for 2021 are solidifying the Sickstick as Salomon’s king of the hill.

“Whether you like weaving trees, or bombing it down an untouched face – there’s something to suit everyone”

With its tapered shape and rockered nose – the nose supporting lift and the taper helping to sink the tail for increased floatation – this is the only friend you are going to need on a powder day!

The charging doesn’t stop with the off-piste, either. Take this board to the groomers and Salomon’s Quadralizer Sidecut provides impressive edge grip and hold. It’s an all-mountain freeride board, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t like to spin off a backcountry booter or two. It’s shock absorbing cork walls aim to provide smoother landings on the side hits and dampen the ride when you’re hooning it over rutted terrain.

“This is the only friend you are going to need on a powder day”

A midbody camber injects energy and life into the board, with the tapered shape providing float for even the deepest of days. This board feels comfortable in powder but with its versatile shape, it won’t put up a fight if you like to be a little more playful in your riding.

Unlucky for some, 2020 marks the Sick Stick’s 13 year anniversary, and it’s no wonder we keep seeing it stand the test of time year after year: this board is made for riders who are relentless in their pursuit of exploring the endless opportunities of freeriding.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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 2018/19


“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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