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Salomon Super 8 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 160, 163
  • Flex: 7
  • ProfileSetback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £399 / €479

Most snowboards that call themselves ‘quiver killers’ tend to be fairly conventional in their design. You’re probably picturing a twin-shaped board that wouldn’t look out of place in the park, but with directional elements that give it the edge in powder. However, the Salomon Super 8 snowboard is proof that this doesn’t have to be the case.

At first glance, the Salomon Super 8 – designed by both Josh Dirksen and Wolle Nyvelt – appears to be a bit niche. It’s wider than a standard stick, and as a result it’s best ridden a little shorter than what you’d normally go for. The camber is right under the back foot rather than centered, and it’s even got a slight taper.

“The Salomon Super 8 is no one-trick pony”

You can expect those characteristics to come in handy in the powder, but the Salomon Super 8 is no one-trick pony. Its on-piste performance is top drawer, thanks in part to the sidecut that blends straight lines and curves to deliver excellent grip.

Then when you come across a side hit or park booter, there’s plenty of pop at your disposal courtesy of basalt additives and a core that varies in thickness as you flex it from nose to tail.

If there’s only room in your board bag for one stick, but you still want something a little different, do yourself a favour and have a look at the Salomon Super 8.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Leigh

“I love this board! if you are an ageing rider looking for a powder- and piste-specific blaster – which, if called upon, can hold its own in the park, then look no further.

At first glance the Super 8 looks to all intents and purposes like your standard board with an updated fashionable nose/tail profile. But take a closer look at the specs and you’ll see Josh Dirksen and Wolle Nyvelt have made some clever tweaks.

“For the type of riding most people do on a daily basis, I think this is the ideal board”

It’s wider and shorter than a normal board, so the 157 has the same float as a standard 162, but less swing weight. The extra width also means you won’t get any toe or heel drag when you crank your carves right over.

The other big change is in the profile. A set back camber means that the long, rockered nose floats in powder, while a short, flexible tail is forgiving and great for wheelies and butters.

Some people may find the soft flex a little frustrating when trying to drive out of turns or attack steep lines. But personally I find what you lose in high end performance is more than made up for in playfulness.

For the type of riding most people do on a daily basis, I think this is the ideal board.”

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