Salomon Wonder

Best Women’s All-Mountain Bang for your Buck 2015-2016 Winner

Words: Heather Hendricks

Our testers found the Wonder to be a beastly board that was stiff enough to power through powder and charge through crud, but was still playful enough to spin. With a flat-out rocker profile, a quadratic sidecut, and a directional shape, one tester said it was “solid, stable, and sick—a really fun cruiser board that ripped it all. Tip to tail, it had a nice flex and was rad for carving and jumping.” The deck also has an Aspen core, which we found nice and snappy for pressin’ and poppin’. Its price won’t break the bank, so you can ride all day and afford another round at the après.

From our testers: “Solid, stable, and sick! Really fun cruiser board that is ready to rip it all. Tip to tail it has a nice flex. It’s like a mix between Miley Cyrus and Jesus, not too wild but not another mellow saint.”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

139 — 7 — 23.6
143 — 7 — 23.6
146 —7.4 — 23.9
150 — 7.6 — 24.1
154 — 7.8 — 24.3

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (zero between inserts, camber near inserts, reverse to tips)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $400.00
Length

139, 143, 146, 150, 154

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.