Snowboard Review: 10-11 Stepchild Salary Man
22 Mar, 2010
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain, flat-light riding conditions.
Setup: I rode the Stepchild Salary Man with Ride Bandita Contraband bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This board is the sucks model (powder sucks, everything sucks) and while some stuff might suck…this board makes the mountain not suck when you ride it.
Flex: The stepchild sucks was middle of the road for the flex, it wasn’t stiff but it wasn’t soft. It could handle the playful fun riding on the mountain but also charge freeriding. It was a very ideal middle of the road for an all mountain board and I could still play with it on butters and presses. The flex was consistent throughout the board, never felt like the tail or nose was stiffer than the other and underfoot a tad stiffer to absorb rougher landings. Overall it was a fairly forgiving ride on the mountain with no surprises in how it handled.
Turning: It was a very predictable ride down the mountain, easy to transition into turns and you felt the board hold the carve each turn whether it was short or long radius it handled both equally well on the mountain. I was really impressed with how it turned, held the edge and in those rough icy spot I felt really stable on it.
Stable: This is where the salary man (sucks board) impressed me the most. The conditions were icy hardpacked to choppy death and the salary man rode it like it was powder. I had no problems with handling the icy spots, it gripped the snow very well and charged through cruddy bumpy spots absorbing them better than expected.
Pop: I just played around with the salary man on flat terrain with some basic tricks, nose and tail presses which were pretty easy on the salary man. The ollies were normal typical ollies and good pop to them. On the boxes the board didn’t catch and wasn’t too stiff to play around with.
Switch: The salary man is a true twin with a centered stance and sidecut and rides exactly like a true twin when switch. I found it handled the same switch or regular with no problems.
Overall Impression: I can see why the salary man/everything sucks/powder sucks collection is popular it’s a great price for a all mountain board that isn’t limited to just one section of the mountain. It really made my demo day end on a high note and I found that I could have kept riding it longer except I needed to return it to the rep. Overall a really solid ride and a great board that will be available in reverse camber or camber.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I said this in the Ride bandita review and I’ll say it in this review, the combination of the salary man and Ride bandita bindings was the best matched setup of the demo. I took them out at the last runs of the day and because of them, kept wanting to ride despite the crappy conditions and being sick. It was such a fun all mountain ride that didn’t require any adjustment, it just made the mountain a blast and I kept taking laps on them.
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Stepchild Salary Man description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.