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Salomon Super 8 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 160, 163, 166
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £430
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This little beauty isn’t as stiff as the Salomon Speedway nor as wide as the Salomon x ASMO 157. However, the Super 8 is a good mix of the two and makes for a more versatile ride than either one of its cousins. It floats beautifully and turns on a dime, while also giving you just the right amount of response you’d want in order to feel comfortable when picking up speed.

“Combined with the shorter tail you’ll be able to snap in and out of turns faster than you can say Super”

The aspen popster core adds stability and pop to the Super 8. Aspen is used to further enhance the core’s quality and lightness, while the popster maximises the natural snap and pop of the board.

With camber right underneath the back foot, you’ll have plenty of power for carving the groomers. Combined with the shorter tail you’ll be able to snap in and out of turns faster than you can say “Super”. The elongated nose makes it easier to float through powder, so rest assured you’ll be surfing those fields with ease.

This is the strong and stable companion you can bring with you to any occasion – without having to fear it will make a complete fool of you. Whether it’s ripping pow or carving the groomers, the Salomon Super 8 ensures you can tackle it all like a trooper.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

You can’t go too far wrong with a classic camber/early rise combo in my books, and the Super 8 is an excellent example of how to get it right. Power and hold on an edge, and enough of a kick in the nose and tail to track through all kinds of snow.

“Power and hold on an edge, and enough of a kick in the nose and tail to track through all kinds of snow”

Salomon have dropped a whole lot of dampening tech into this board, helping give it a familiar friendly edge without taking too much of the punch you want for an all-mountain ripper. Zero break-in period, this’ll have you happily turning and burning through piste and powder alike.

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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