Salomon Villain


Best Men’s Park Snowboard 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything evil about this deck. It’s on the softer, more forgiving side, which you want in a park board, and the angular EQ Rad sidecut had a slightly different edge hold than traditional sidecut. Testers applauded it for being well-balanced and snappy, and although at times it was somewhat loose feeling on the hard pack, the Villain was lightweight and fun in softer stuff. The 155 and 158 lengths come in a wide option, which was a little slower edge-to-edge, but perfect for our big-footed jumpers.

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

147 — 7.4 — 24.2
150 — 7.6 — 24.7
153 — 7.8 — 25.0
155 — 8 — 25.2
155W — 8 — 25.9
158 — 8.2 — 25.4
158W — 8.2 — 26.2

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: $450.00

147, 150, 153, 155, 155W, 158, 158W

Good Wood 2018 presented by

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.