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Salomon Speedway 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

We’ve always been impressed with the speed of Salomon’s sintered bases – even on boards designed for lapping the park, you can go like an absolute rocket down a fresh bit of piste. So when we saw that the new Salomon Speedway snowboard is purpose-built for feeling the G’s, we had to take a closer look.

Like any charger worth its salt, the Salomon Speedway has a directional shape and a setback camber profile. This gives you plenty of stability and power – both things you’ll need at Mach 10. A flatter section of profile at the nose makes edge changes a bit smoother than you might otherwise expect, while the bend under the back foot grips the piste through the turns.

“For those who are happiest when redlining, the Salomon Speedway may be this year’s most desirable snowboard”

A slight taper aids the carves, and will also come in useful if you’re pointing it down a steep pow face rather than a groomer. At the nose, a honeycomb-structured insert helps to alleviate the effects of chatter, which only get worse at higher speeds. There’s also cork incorporated into the build, for the same reason.

Getting up to speed is all well and good, but it doesn’t count for much if you can’t control the turns. That’s why the Salomon Speedway has a ‘Quadratic’ sidecut that blends different radii together to best suit the stages of the turn. Simply put, you’ll have no issues with edge hold.

As the name suggests, it’s essentially a one-trick pony – but for those who are happiest when redlining, the Salomon Speedway may be this year’s most desirable snowboard.

Tester’s Verdict

Jon Birdldmountaincentre.com

“The clue’s in the name. This fast-charging freeride snowboard is not for the mellow cruiser type.

“The Speedway is crying out to be pointed and ridden fast”

As soon as you get on the Speedway things start to happen that bit quicker. The Speedway is crying out to be pointed and ridden fast; its stiff and narrow design feeling super stable at speed. It gives you all the edge grip needed when railing it around at Mach One.

The Speedway is the perfect board for the rider who loves speed and control, is always pointing downhill, and is always on the edge.”

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