- Price: £380 / €490
- Sizes: 147, 150, 153, 155, 155W, 158, 158W
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: True Twin
Snowboards come and go, but some have a name that rings out so strongly, you can pretty much guarantee it’ll be around for many seasons to come. The Salomon Villain is a case in point; the brainchild of Quebecois rail machine Louif Paradis, it’s as much of a modern classic as any freestyle board you’d care to mention.
“If you want to ensure your edge is dead set before launching a 270 on, this won’t disappoint”
The Salomon Villain isn’t in a rut, though – far from it. For 2017/18 it’s had a bit of an overhaul, starting with the shape. Naturally it’s still a true twin, but the tips have been blunted a little and the effective edge extended. The nose and tail width has also been refined for each size in the range. These may be minor tweaks, but they all adds up once you’re riding.
It’s also been given Salomon’s ‘Quadralizer’ sidecut; a short, straight section of edge at the waist that blends into multiple radii as you progress out towards the nose and tail. If you want to ensure your edge is dead set before launching a 270 on, this won’t disappoint. It feels great when you’re just razzing the piste between park sessions, too.