Salomon Sick Stick

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The Sickstick is legendary. The freeride favorite has been around for a decade now, and for its tenth year it gets an overhaul that adds a freestyle air while retaining the directional charm that has given the Sickstick its storied legacy. New for this season, the cambered portion of the board extends further throughout its length than previous generation before kicking into an early-rise rockered nose that offers the type of flotation that's come to be expected from this model. The amount of taper has also been decreased, making it a slightly more ambidextrous ride than in years past. One tester explained the Sickstick's persona as "well-balanced," adding that it rides "stiff but not overly so," that it was "snappy, fun, and easy to turn." Another added, "This board is a good example of a softer profile with enough dampening to rail an edge."

Length (cm) -Waist Width (cm)

151 -- 26.3

157 -- 25.5

162 -- 26

Flex: 7/10

Camber: Directional hybrid--setback camber with rocker in the nose

Base: Sintered

Shape: Tapered directional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Price: $649.95
Guide Year

2018

Brand Name

Salomon

Gender

Mens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Manufacturers URL

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

Length

151, 157, 162

Rad-Bad

Tester quote: “The Sick Stick’s update makes it a more competent freestyler, and it feels right.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328666

Featured-product

NO

Tester quote: “The Sick Stick’s update makes it a more competent freestyler, and it feels right.”

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.