Salomon Gypsy

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The Salomon Gypsy has been putting spells on our Good Wood testers for years. While it shines in the park, our ladies liked how it could also be ridden in any type of scenario. "This board was fun to turn and easy to ride switch on, and I felt like it was a great combo of stiff yet playful," a veteran park tester remarked. As a medium-flexing deck on Salomon's scale, it's park-oriented, but built for females that aren't afraid to sack up and send it. The Gypsy's profile is flat in the center and then dips out to smaller bits of camber on the contact points, with rocker underfoot through the nose and tail. As Desiree Melancon's pro model, it comes with your choice of top sheets, with one standard (pictured) and one designed by Des.

Length (cm) 

138

143

147

151

Flex: 6 /10

Camber:  Hybrid—Flat camber with early-rise nose and tail

Base: Extruded

Shape: Twin

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

Price: $479.95
Brand Name

Salomon

Gender

Womens

Style

Park

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

138, 143, 147, 151

Manufacturers URL

http://www.salomon.com/us/sport/snowboard

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “This board was fun to turn and easy to ride switch on. It was a good combination of stiff with a playful feel to it.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328664

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester Quote: "This board was fun to turn and easy to ride switch on. It was a good combination of stiff with a playful feel to it."

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

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.