Salomon snowboards has been around for a long time and they have an awesome group of team riders. Some of the best park, backcountry, and all-around snowboarders in the world are on that team. In our last post we took a look at the Salomon Huck Knife park board- a medium-soft flex board with a great feel for the full-time park rider. Today we’ll look at the other end of the spectrum with the all-mountain/freeride 2017 Salomon Super 8.
The Super 8 is a new board in Salomon’s line that came out last season. Wolle Nyvelt and Josh Dirksen, the man who started the famous Dirksen Derby, collaborated on the design of the board. Both riders are known for their incredible backcountry, all-terrain, and powder-ripping prowess. If you want to know what kind of riding the Super 8 is aiming for watch their parts in the Absinthe Films and Jones shred flicks.
I had a blast when I rode last season’s Super 8. Conditions were great for it (or any board for that matter) with a ton of fresh snow. It was very lively popping in and out of turns and ripping through the trees. It made me want to ride full blast the whole time because I felt like I had so much control of the board. This year’s Super 8 has the same design, shape, and profile so it should ride the same.
Here are some of the main features that make the Super 8 an awesome all-mountain/freeride deck.
Backseat Camber: The camber on the Super 8 is situated more towards the tail of the board. This design works in conjunction with its directional shape, .6″ set back, and very slight taper on the tail (7-10mm depending on the length). The set back allows the nose to be 3″ longer than the tail.
The camber flattens out as it transitions towards the nose of the board and then turns into rocker where the nose begins. The whole system is designed for the board to ride effortlessly through powder and aggressively on steeper terrain.
Quadratic Sidecut: Salomon’s Quadratic sidecut can be found on a number of their boards including the Ultimate Ride. The sidecut uses a deeper radius at the middle section and then gradually becomes shallower as it goes towards the nose and tail.
This allows the board to hold a good edge when carving both big, wide turns or sharp, quick turns. It also makes transitioning from toeside to heelside and back much smoother.
Basalt Stringers: The Super 8 has a flex that is definitely north of medium, but not in what I would consider the full-on stiff zone. It’s about a 6-7 on a scale of 10. Basalt stringers run through the length of the board giving it extra pop and response, while allowing it ride full speed over rough terrain without chatter and instability.
Royal Rubber Pads: 4 mm Soft Royal Rubber blocks are inserted into the high-pressure zones of the board’s ABS Sidewalls. This dampens vibrations and mellows out big impacts.
Super 8 has a nice surfy feel thanks to its backseat camber profile that works great in powder or on groomers. It’s slightly wider than your average board and that’s another aspect that helps it float in powder and feel more stable on hard pack. If you’re a good rider that loves to ride in fresh snow, rip through the trees, and tear up groomers, then this board is definitely worth checking out.