Salomon Villain

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When it was introduced in 2012, The Villain helped shift the paradigm of what was considered a jib board. Louif Paradis' creation shunned the soggy, rockered, extruded base template that many were riding rails with, instead offering a medium flex, with a prevailing positive camber profile, and performance materials inside and out. The Villain's 2018 design update, which features a more carve-conducive sidecut reflects the progression of Lou's riding as he becomes ever more versatile. One tester explained The Villain as "a well balanced board that holds an edge well," adding, "You know it’s got your back." Suggestions for improvement came in the form of flex suggestions—some rail riders thought it could do with more bendability while hard-charging jumpers wished for increased rigidity. But the in-between is where this thing shines. It's a park board in every sense of the word—not especially a jib board or a jump board, but a board capable of handling every freestyle terrain type it's presented with.

Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)

147 — 24.2

152 — 24.7

153 — 25

155 — 25.2

158 — 25.4

155W — 25.9

158W — 26.2

Flex: 5/10

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

Base: Sintered

Shape: True twin

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

Price: $479.95
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147, 150, 153, 155, 155W, 158, 158W

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Tester quote: “The Villain is a jib board with the stability of an all-mountain board magically injected.”





Tester quote: “The Villain is a jib board with the stability of an all-mountain board magically injected.”

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.