Salomon Villain Grom 2019-2020 Kids’ Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 133, 138, 143, 145W
  • Flex: 3
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £220

As the name might imply, the Salomon Villain Grom is a miniature version of its big brother, the Villain. This thing is made for the little rippers aiming to conquer the mountain at a young age. Salomon’s basically taken the Villain, shrunk it down, and adjusted the tech to be more suited for the next generation of shredders.

The camrock profile provides a perfect mix of forgiveness, smoothness, and consistent edge hold. With a flat section between the feet, you can expect stability, while the camber underneath the bindings gives just the right amount of pop for ollie practicing. Add the rocker at both tip and tail into the mix, and you’re in for a smooth yet solid ride.

“With a flat section between the feet, you can expect stability, while the camber underneath the bindings gives you just the right amount of pop you’ll need to practice your ollies”

With an extruded base you won’t need to worry about waxing this board every other week. It doesn’t give you as much speed as a sintered base would, but the long-lasting glide and low-maintenance make up for the speed.

Even if it may be an ideal board for beginners, the Salomon Villain Grom is made for the park rats –  just like its older brother. The popster core is made out of Aspen, giving the board just the right amount of pop you’d come to expect from a park board. Add the true twin shape to the mix, and you’ll be stomping tricks switch – no dramas.

The soft flex, camrock profile and pre-tuned ends, makes the Salomon Villain Grom a great choice for the young guns who still haven’t quite mastered the basics of snowboarding. Once they’ve mastered their turns, this is the ideal board for kids to hit the park with.

Tester’s Verdict

Lightning – Whitelines Grom Team

*As the board remains unchanged, we’ve used our 2018/19 Grom Team Verdict*
“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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