Snowboard Review: 08-09 Salomon Sick Stick
17 Nov, 2008
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.
Setup: I rode the Salomon Sick Stick with Salomon women’s relay-e bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: Does this board have any wax on it? It must have been ridden a lot cause the base has nothing on it.
Weight: Didn’t notice at the time.
Flex: Definitely a softer flexing powder board, seemed like a more gradual even flex throughout the board making sense since it’s designed to be freestyle powder. I thought it was too soft and iffy for going faster on groomers. It rode with a very surfy feel to it and a couple slashes I did on the sides of runs were fun and I could ride in the backseat without losing edge control over the board.
Turning: It was a really easy mellow ride, didn’t take much to go into a turn and on edge I could hold a turn but it felt like I was riding a smaller board in turning that I actually was. It was predictable in the turning with no surprises. I took a couple turns of steering with my back leg and found that a lot of fun on the board. In the slight amount of powder that I had, turning was a dream, very surfy and cruiser style.
Stable: I didn’t feel as stable when hauling on the hardpacked groomers, definitely could feel the snow as I rode it…any bump on the groomers I felt it.
Powder: In one of the pictures below, you can see how much powder and the lines I took with the Sick Stick. It handled the best in the powder and even though there wasn’t much, it floated and was fun to play with through it.
Switch: I kept it to riding regular on the groomers, no switch riding on this board for me.
Overall Impression: I was bummed that the base was dry, just skating off the chairlift I would get stuck and not even make it to the strap in area. It definitely could have been faster and I blame it on the lack of wax.
The board is super environmentally friendly, it’s great to see more companies picking up being more green. At the same time I give props when needed and Arbor is the company behind using bamboo before Salomon touched it.
Finally on the board itself, it was a very surfy feel down the mountain. I definitely would love to ride it on a all powder day…versus groomers with a tiny bit of powder in one spot.
Shay’s Honesty Box: “Ride groomers all day, play in the pipe, or shred powder, this is your one-board quiver answer” is the description I’ve seen for the Sick Stick…and I would never ride this board outside of powder and eff no to riding it in the halfpipe.
For more information on the Salomon Sick Stick go to Salomon’s website.