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The original Assassin has long been favored by both Salomon pros and average Joes seeking a powerful freestyle board that blasts through boundaries and slays everything in sight. New for this season, The Salomon Assassin Pro Snowboard takes the same shape and profile as its little brother, then ups the ante by adding pop and response while cutting down on weight.
The elevated performance of the Assassin Pro starts with the Ghost Green Core, which reduces weight while also optimizing pop and making the board eco-friendlier. Gunslinger sidewalls feature carbon inlays that increase edge-to-edge response while soaking up chatter. Bamboo rods crank up the pop for livelier turns and bigger ollies, plus they crank up the sustainability too.
Also featured on the original Assassin, Rock Out Camber features a large flat zone between the bindings for straight-line stability, with camber under the bindings for high-speed response when you're flying down steeps and launching off jumps. A touch of rocker at the tips enhances powder performance and keeps it forgiving.
- Upgraded Assassin for aggressive freestyle performance
- Hybrid profile is poppy, stable, and forgiving
- Twin shape for unrestricted switch riding
- Medium-stiff flex is powerful and responsive
- Ghost Green core reduces weight without sacrificing strength
- Gunslinger sidewalls enhances energy transfer and damping
- Bamboo sidewalls enhance pop without adding weight
- All-Mountain Edge Bevel delivers grip without hang-ups
- Item #SAL010L
- Q & A
Super Light, Super Poppy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Based on a demo of the board. This board is camber under feet, with rocker nose/tail. It feels more stable than a flat to rise or rocker board, but you can definitely tell that it's forgiving and loose when you want it to be. I think it would have decent float in powder because of this, but unfortunately didn't get the conditions for that.
Edge hold is pretty decent, although again you know that it's got that early rise nose/tail. It still held carves well, but it lets you fine tune or kill your speed really easily because of the lifted tips. It's easy to approach features at any speed because you're not locked into a line until you want to be. It has really really good pop, both at slow jibbing speed and when bombing runs. Basically this board does it all.
If you want to do tricks everywhere, ride the jumps and hit big or small jibs, then this board could be the one. If you want to haul everywhere and only hit the massive jump line, then I'd consider a bit more nose/tail support in camber profile. This board is super playful but you can still keep up when riding it.