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Salomon Speedway 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 155, 160, 165, 170
  • Flex: 9
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £560
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Salomon Speedway Snowboard: Hard charging, rip roaring mountain killer .

New to the Salomon range last year, we’ve got the pleasure to welcome back the Salomon Speedway for its second season. Remaining true to its name, the Speedway is the Speedy Gonzales of the snowboard world – a “blink and you’ll miss it” stick that can blast through anything.

“Salomon’s rocketlike sintered base combined with the stiff flex gives the Speedway all the speed you’ll need from a board”

As Salomon puts it, this board is for the modern downhill charger (and we see no reason to disagree). Salomon’s rocketlike sintered base combined with the stiff flex gives the Speedway all the speed you’d ever need from a board. The directional shape combined with the setback camber, meanwhile, gives the board tremendous control and power whether you’re straight-lining or carving.

With camber under the backfoot, you’ll find that the board has good grip on the piste, whilst the flat nose makes for smooth turns. The setback camber profile plays its part in the turns too – making it easier to get a turn in whether you’re aiming for a perfect euro-carve on fresh groomers or you’re out in the wild blasting through the deep stuff.

The Quadratic sidecut blends a set of straight lines and curves on each side of the board. These lines and curves are placed on specific spots to best suit all the different stages of a turn, and thus increase your edge hold and make for a more stable ride.

With the combination of sustainable woods, and lightweight Paulownia, the Speedway makes for an even more stable ride. The Popster Ghost Green Core adds stability and pop to the board, while still keeping it light.

“ The Quadratic sidecut blends a set of straight lines and curves on each side of the board”

This is a really solid stick so you can be sure that control, response, and stability won’t be compromised while riding down on it. The Salomon Speedway snowboard is aimed at the experienced hard-charging rippers. If you’ve got the stones for it, do yourself a favour and take this maniac out for a spin – you won’t regret it.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed LeighPresenter/Commentator

“If you’re a freerider then you owe it to yourself to at least test this board, it is in my opinion a classic. We’re currently seeing a surge of alternative shapes, which is why the Speedway stood out to me because there is something classic, even old fashioned about the shape. A long nose and stubby tail linked by a narrow waist tell you that this board is all about turning.

“It also encourages you to draw out long arcs, but will happily flex and let you tighten them up with a snap”

The Speedway is nowhere near as stiff as the Sick Stick, Salomon’s other classic freeride offering. And where that is a no holds barred big mountain machine that needs to be manhandled, the Speedway has a lot more finesse. So it has a standard flex, but the key is that torsionally (how the board twists) the Speedway is quite stiff, which combined with the mellower flex means that you have a playful yet stable cruiser that floats from edge to edge.

I really, really enjoyed riding this board, it felt so smooth and fast between turns. I felt like my riding was really fluid on this board and it seemed to encourage me to play with turns. It also encourages you to draw out long arcs, but will happily flex and let you tighten them up with a snap. It’s probably the best flex pattern I’ve ever had on a board because it feels like you can always use the power it stores with its torsional stiffness to pop onto the other edge.

For freeriders looking for a gliding piste and powder machine look no further than this.”

Trade Secrets

James Fuller – Salomon Snowboards UK

“Fast as fook, CFX Super fibres, damplifier Lite Nose , Quadratic Side Cut , Back Seat Camber , All mountain Edge Bevel.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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