Salomon Pillow Talk

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If smashing pillows, dropping cliffs, smearing butters and arcing turns are things you're into, then Salomon's Pillow Talk should be speaking to you. Annie Boulanger's go-to deck has a new directional shape, with a scoopy nose and tapered tail. It's hungry for the deep-stuff, but just as easily goes from fluffy fresh to slicing through the slush. The profile puts flat in the center, then protrudes to camber underfoot, before bumping to rocker in the tip and tail. "F%#& yeah! This is one sexy beast to ride, it has an amazing board feel in a variety of conditions and absolutely blasts through chunder without a worry in the world," one exuberant tester offered. The medium-flex deck's wide design is made for optimal maneuverability and float in the deeper conditions, and some testers said riding switch was a breeze, despite its directional shape.
Length (cm)
145
151

Flex:  6/10

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

Shape: Directional Twin

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

Price: $449.95
Brand Name

Salomon

Gender

Womens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

145, 151

Manufacturers URL

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

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

Yes

Gallery ID

1000328665

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

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.