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Slash ATV 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 155W, 156, 158, 159W, 161, 163W
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £460/€529
  • BUY ONLINE

The ATV is the OG of the Slash line up. It’s pure snowboarding with a modern twist. Designed by Gigi himself, this is the go-to board for all-mountain freestyle riders looking for a hard-charging, zero compromising shred stick.

No fancy twists and bends with this one. The ATV is a straight-up, tip to tail camber – and quite an aggressive one at that. Despite the endless variations on rocker/flat/hybrid profiles these days, few options can ever match up to the overall power, pop, precision and badassery of the classic bend.

“Designed by Gigi himself, this is the go-to board for all-mountain freestyle riders looking for a hard-charging, zero compromising shred stick”

Granted, it’s not the most forgiving profile. Then, after it’s been stiffened up with Slash’s unique triax reactive flex, you really don’t have much room for error. This layup not only delivers pop lengthwise, but it also flexes between the heels and toes to deliver additional bite on the edge. The result is a board that you can go full hammer on the piste, off the lip and through the crud with.

The fun don’t stop there, either. The ATV features Slash’s Forever Core, featuring no less than 4 different woods, and the Buried Treasure Additives of carbon, Kevlar and basalt running from the inserts out to the ends of the board. Take it to the biggest jumps, point it down the steepest pistes or just plough it through the afternoon slush, the ATV makes light work of the most demanding terrain. For some, it might be the board you’ve been looking for your whole life; for others, it could result in a swift beat down and a serious knock to your ego.

As its name would suggest, the ATV will just about go anywhere with relative ease. Any issues will more likely come down to the operator than the vehicle itself. So, for any less than a strong, experienced, rider it’ll take a bit of work to really bend it through the jib line. And a traditional camber with no taper and minimal setback? Don’t expect pow quiver levels of float. That said, it’s the board Gigi himself rides the most in the lineup. ‘Nuff said.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

Full disclaimer – I used to ride one of these and absolutely loved it. The ATV is the old reliable shred stick that you can screw the bindings on to every day of the season.

Like only a handful of boards on the market these days, it’s built around a full camber. Those who like the traditional bend will love what’s on offer here; those who don’t will find trouble. It’s not the most forgiving snowboard – it’s actually pretty dam stiff – but once you’re up to full speed you’ll feel every single additive the board’s been loaded up with.

“Those who like the traditional bend will love what’s on offer here; those who don’t will find trouble”

For me, this is definitely more a snowboard for charging the piste, hammering through less than favourable conditions, hucking off cat tracks and going full steam ahead. I occasionally struggled with the slower speed, close contact riding on the ATV. There’s definitely more boards out there that will lend themselves to jib-focussed freestyle riding.

There’s really nothing to fault with the ATV though. Any shortcomings in performance won’t be found in the snowboard, but rather the operator. Definitely one for the strong intermediates and up but, in my mind, it’s still one of the best all-rounders on the market.

The Slash ATV Snowboard
The Slash ATV Snowboard

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