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Slash Brainstorm 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £395/€449
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Gigi could put his name to just about anything and we’d buy it. Uranium? Sure, hit me up with a stick. Gimp suits? Absolutely, I’ll take three. Thankfully, he chose to put his expertise towards his own line of snowboards. The Slash Brainstorm has been one of the flagship boards in the line and will appeal to all-mountain cruisers who are constantly keeping a lookout for the next snowfall.

Just like Gigi’s own riding style, the Brainstorm will rip in most conditions, but finds the peak of its performance in powder. The 15mm setback stance is matched with a backseat camrock. While the camber favours the back-foot, there is still a rocker in the tail albeit one that’s far less pronounced than the one in the nose. Riding switch is very doable, especially with the lack of taper in the Brainstorm’s outline. The profile will, however, be best suited for charging with your leading leg. The deeper the better.

“Just like Gigi’s own riding style, the Brainstorm will rip in most conditions, but finds the peak of its performance in powder”

While you’re waiting for the next squall to hit, the Brainstorm makes good use of time over the rest of the mountain. The list of materials reads like a blueprint for a bulletproof treehouse: Paulownia; spruce; beech; poplar; carbon; kevlar; and basalt. These materials are strategically placed throughout the core to maximise its weight, strength, response and dampening properties. In short, there’s nowhere you can go on the mountain where you won’t benefit from these attributes.

Flex wise, the Brainstorm sits just above the halfway mark, thanks to a more unusual combination of triax fibreglass on the top and biax on the bottom – the idea being that you get the torsional response from a stiffer flex, with some of the sting taken out underneath. As a result, it holds a pretty solid line (helped further by the disruption to the middle of each sidecut) without ever feeling overly demanding.

If you’re never venturing too far from the resort, but want to make the transition as enjoyable as possible, they don’t come much sweeter than this.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“I’ve been a big fan of Slash for a while now but, up until this season, I’d somehow never strapped myself into the Brainstorm. Time for a change. In some respects, it’s one of the less exciting models, especially compared with the space-age tech of the Aurora, the powerhouse that is the ATV, or the budget bonanza Happy Place. Not that any of that was a bad omen. Three for three. And soon to be four for four.

It does exactly what it says it will. The Brainstorm is a rock-solid all-mountain freeride snowboard. It floats really effectively, it’s super agile through the turns and it’s just on tracking through choppy snow. But anyone with the most basic understanding of snowboard shapes and profiles could guess as much. This board impressed me where I least expected it to – switch and freestyle.

“It’s definitely not a park board, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. But I think the Brainstorm sells itself short as a freeride focussed deck”

For a board focussed more towards freeriding it, surprisingly doesn’t have any taper on it. This made it feel really balanced in switch and gave me the confidence to put a couple spins into the powder of the side of the cat tracks and even look semi-respectable riding out in switch.

It’s definitely not a park board, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. But I think the Brainstorm sells itself short as a freeride focussed deck – it lives up to that expectation just fine, but surpassed a lot of other ones, too.”

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