Salomon Villain Grom 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Salomon Villain Grom here

Like most decks based on a successful adult model from the same brand, the Salomon Villain Grom snowboard takes beats from the original, but with a few child-friendly twists. The Salomon crew save flat bases for the very young, but gives their ‘Grom’ boards (aimed at slightly older kids) the same hybrid camber profile that you’ll find in the grown-ups range.

With a flat section between the feet that changes to a camber bend as you move towards the rocker ends, you get a decent mix of edge hold and butterability. For kids who want to get to grips with proper carving as well as freestyle, it’s a good all-round choice.

“The pre-detuned nose and tail will help less confident riders grasp the basics”

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The sidecut isn’t as tekkers as that of the full-sized Villain, but it’s still more advanced than most kids’ boards. ‘EQ RAD’ joins straight sections of edge with short curves, making the Salomon Villain Grom hold an edge well without being too clinical for a park rat.

Indeed, that’s who this board is aimed at. The Aspen core varies in thickness to increase pop without sacrificing easy-going flex, or overall strength. Combined with the twin shape and heavy-duty base, this is a demon on the jumps and rails.

The pre-detuned nose and tail will help less confident riders grasp the basics, making the Salomon Villain Grom ideal for any level of rider that wants to eventually tear up the park on the regular.

Tester’s Verdict

Lightning – Whitelines Grom Team

“This was the first board I tested and I loved it. It was the first time I felt carving, because I leant right over the edge and dragged my hand on the piste. It floated really well in powder, which my dad said was because it was wide. The park was great, I found it easy to jump and land. I loved the graphics too!”

Dad’s Comments

“Great stance options, progressive flex throughout and pretty light. The only let-down was the base. It was a low-end base that just didn’t absorb wax that well, so even after a service it would run slowly, and inevitably we’d either have to push or wait for the kids.

This should be the first priority of any higher-end kids board. They’ve got less momentum, so they need all the help they can get.”

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