2019 Salomon Villain Snowboard Review
· Board: 2019 Salomon Villain 155
· Bindings: 2019 Salomon Hologram
· Boots: K2 Ender (MM), Burton Ion (SS)
Crispy park fun and resort ripping.
That pretty well sums up the Salomon Villain. This smaller softer board handled two bigger dudes really well as we pushed it fast and hard through the trees, down the groomers, through the boardercross, and yes, also some park laps. Though it is designed to handle park and street riding, the Villain is no slouch when you actually want to ride the board and rip around. A lot of these types of softer freestyle twins can feel a bit mushy or soggy when you take them away from the rails, but the Villain still rode well when we took it to the mountain.
The Salomon Villain has quick and precise edging. It uses Salomon’s proprietary Quadralizer sidecut, which is actually a combination of straight edges rather than a flowing arc sidecut that we are used to seeing. This is Salomon’s answer to edge hold technology and we both felt it works really well. It made for really solid edge hold and smooth carving regardless of speed, and it tracks really straight without effort when flat based. Combined with the cam rock profile – camber under foot with early rise from the bindings out – this makes for a board that is both forgiving and precise at the same time. The Villain was easy to ollie, slide, and press. It felt good in the air, and on take off and landing.
Overall feeling: Not the board I would grab when it’s deep out, probably anything more than 10cm, but for everyday all around park and resort shredding this board would be a solid choice. It is definitely geared towards the freestyle minded rider so keep that in mind if you are considering purchasing; the Villain won’t be as versatile as some other boards, but depending on what and where you like to ride it could be a really fun option.
Huge thanks to:
@mtseymour for providing us a ‘Home Mountain’ and ideal multi-terrain testing ground for season 1
@cariboobrewing for keeping us hydrated, talking is thirsty work
@sandboxland for the sweet lid and goggle combo (safety first!!)
Gear in this episode:
@Salomon Snowboards Villain Board
@Salomon Snowboards Hologram Binding
@k2snow Ender boots
@burton Ion boots
@sandbox Legend Apex helmet
@sandbox Kingpin Shift lens goggle
@salmon arms mitts
@gopro Hero 5