Salomon Pillow Talk 2019

Shaped by professional powder prodigy Wolfgang Nyvelt, as part of Salomon's Hillside Project, this tapered-twin is feminine-friendly and excels in many conditions, especially Baldface's pristine pow. Its wide design and Rock Out Camber profile is complimented by a healthy dose of early rise in the broad nose and a little in the tail. Float was achieved with minimal effort, and we were pleasantly surprised with its maneuverability through tight trees and propensity to pop over everything— especially pillows, as its name suggests. As the go-to deck for big mountain badass Annie Boulanger, its camber dominance has the right amount of power to stomp a landing or etch a sweeping turn in untouched pow, while remaining playful enough to make minute maneuverings. The shape is distinctly directional but not so much as to impede switch riding. We were able to lock in landings, and snap spins extra easily with this thing. You'd be hard pressed to find another deck that offers the amount of versatility and pleasurable performance of the Pillow Talk. No matter where you plan to let her loose, she rips.


This tapered twin is feminine-friendly and excels in many conditions. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


MSRP: $450

Sizes: 145, 151

Specs and Features:

  • Powder focused shape
  • 10-12mm of taper
  • Tailored specifically for women
  • Medium flex
  • Quadralizer sidecut


A healthy dose of early rise in the broad nose. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Testers were pleasantly surprised with its maneuverability through tight trees and propensity to pop over everything. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

The shape is distinctly directional but not so much as to impede switch riding. PHOTO: Nick Hamiton

Testers were able to lock in landings, and snap spins extra easily. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

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