Salomon Villain : Men’s Good Wood 2015
Park Snowboards Over $450
This creepy crusher developed by Louis-Felix Paradis has become one of the most popular creations in the Salomon line. The Rock Out camber is essentially normal, yet when loaded up and flexed, the tips flatten out to offer a nice stable zone for landing, pressing and powering up ollies. The kinked sidecut is subtle but disperses pressure and adds extra bite where you need it. The twin shape, rubber sidewall dampening, and ollie-promoting milled aspen core round out the rest of its sneaky traits.
Available Sizes: 147, 150, 153, 155, 155W, 158, 158W
“Crazy responsive flex-wise, it feels right when jibbing and jumping. I’m not sure how they did it, but it’s fast in its pop, presses with ease, and doesn’t feel loopy or loose.”
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there’s something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride 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 often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.