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Salomon Sick Stick—Bamboo Bonanza!
We know you care about the environment. I mean, it's not like you're wearing hemp underwear or anything, but you probably don't want to live in a barren wasteland, either, right? Lucky for us, companies like Salomon and Arbor (who've actually been using bamboo in its boards for a dozen years now) are approaching the process of board making with planet preservation in mind.
The result of a design collab between Salomon team rippers Josh Dirksen and Wolle Nyvelt, the Eco Design award-winning Salomon Sick Stick features ultra-sustainable construction in the form of a new, patented bamboo sandwich construction process. Basically, structural bamboo veneers replace the layers of fiberglass and resin involved in traditional board production. Fiberglass and resin are essentially the opposite of "eco," and less resin-filled glass saves weight and reduces waste. Also, the traditional ABS sidewalls are replaced with durable, waterproof bamboo rods. And all the bamboo is locally harvested near the factory. The best part is that the flex of this new sandwich technology is actually better with the bamboo, according to Wolle: "It's a way different flex to ride—more progressive," he says. "It's just a fun, cruisey board that holds well with a lot of speed."—Jen Sherowski
Sidecut radius: 7.4 m
Waist width: 25.2 cm
Effective edge: N/A
Also available: 156, 163