Featuring an updated design for this season, Salomon's all-terrain Assassin now proves deadlier than ever. Equal parts pow destroyer and freestyle charger, this revamped classic is ready to do it all thanks to its directional twin shape that now features slightly more rocker in the front end. And with an all-new Quadralizer sidecut, our testers found that the reincarnation of this quiver killer also gripped the early-morning Vermont hardpack with both precision and ease. "Edge to edge, this board was perfect," claimed one tester. But if rails and presses are your priority, don't be turned away just yet. In fact, all of our testers agreed that the Assassin, while relatively stiff between the bindings, was actually among the softest in the tip and tail, making for a very press-friendly ride. One of the veteran testers even commented, "I loved how easy it was to manipulate this board. It was perfect for buttering and pressing onto rails."
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
150 — 24.8
153 — 25.1
156 — 25.3
158W — 26.3
159 — 25.5
162 — 25.8
163W — 26.6
165 — 26.1
Camber: Rock Out Camber (flat between bindings, camber near feet, rocker in tip/tail)
Shape: Directional Twin
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "I loved how easy it was to manipulate this board. It was perfect for buttering and pressing onto rails."
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
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.