- Price: £360 / $400
- Category: All-Mountain
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 140, 144, 148, 152, 155
- Flex: 5/10
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Profile: Rock Out Camber
- Base: Sintered
When you’re looking to buy a snowboard, the sheer number options can be quite overwhelming. Do you want a jibby freestyle weapon? A powerful powder cannon? Or carbon infused carving machine? You can be left wondering what the best option for you is… Enter the Salomon Wonder- an ideal option for intermediate riders looking to step up their game, without pigeon-holing their riding style. Piste, powder, park, the Wonder can handle the lot.
At first glance the Wonder isn’t too dissimilar to its jibby little sister the Gypsy but take a closer look and you’ll see they’re two very different ladies. They share the same Rock Out Camber profile, which behaves similarly to a traditional camrock snowboard, with the added bonus of a flat section between the feet to increase stability.
“An ideal option for intermediate riders looking to step up their game, without pigeon-holing their riding style”
This best of both worlds profile gives the dynamic and lively feel you’d associate with a cambered snowboard yet retains the mellow float you come to expect from rockered tips. It’s a nice middling option when you’re wanting to explore the mountain, both on and off the beaten track.
While it won’t shy away from a few laps of the park, the Wonder takes more a step towards the piste bashing, all-mountain section of Salomon’s fleet. When you start picking up speed and smashing through chop, the Royal Rubber pads and Basalt stringers work to absorb chatter and dampen the vibrations for a smoother ride. The adaptable directional twin shape gives a smidge more volume in the nose and lends itself to ripping groomers and laid out carves.
“Royal Rubber pads and Basalt stringers work to absorb chatter and dampen the vibrations for a smoother ride”
The sidecut is split into three distinct zones with blend zones between them, this helps to hold your edge through the whole of the turn arc, but still retains a loose playful feel when you’re just cruising. The edge comes pre-bevelled to 2° between the feet and 1° outside for a rock-solid hold even when the snow gets sketchy.
Hand-picked Aspen wood strips make up the core, which marries durability with weight saving Popster technology. The core is made up of differing thicknesses, delivering power and pop where you need it, and lighter, thinner sections where you don’t.
This is a versatile daily driver at a solid price point, those looking to get jibby with it should take a gander at the Salomon Gypsy Pro but for a dependable all-mountain option the Wonder is simply… wonderful.