Louif Paradis' award winning, jibtastic, freestyle flagship.
Interested in buttering your muffin, down rail jibbin', or tranny gaping like Louif Paradis himself? Hop on the Salomon Villain Snowboard for instant shred cred, courtesy of Rock Out Camber, a Popster Booster profile, and EQ RAD side cut. Rock Out Camber is basically a camber profile, but it features a flat profile between the bindings, camber underfoot, and a rockered tip and tail. The rocker allows for enhanced presses, but the board is still is stable when cruising around the entire mountain, due to the flat profile blended with camber underfoot. Adding extra pop to the mix, a Popster Booster profile allows for increased response and spring, via carbon stringers radiating from underfoot toward the tip and tail. Boost your ollies and nollies by simply preloading the nose and tail for noticeable and instant spring.
Taking the Good Wood designation as one of 2014's top park boards from Transworld Snowboarding, the Villain is your partner in crime in the park and beyond the ropes, too. The Villain's all-terrain ability comes in part from the EQ RAD sidecut, which blends multiple Equalizer and Radial sidecuts together—this increases your edge hold when riding over sketchy surfaces. Additional noteworthy features include a sintered EG base for enhanced speed, Royal Rubber Rails for chatter reduction, and a lightweight and high-quality Aspen SLCT core.
- Rock Out Camber: flat between bindings, camber near foot, rocker tip and tail
- True twin profile with centered stance
- Popster Booster profile with carbon stringers
- EQ RAD sidecut: a blend of multiple Equalizer and Radial sidecuts
- Aspen SLCT core
- BA MD: medium density European-made fiberglass layers
- Royal Rubber Rails
- Sintered EG base with medium structure finish
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Best freestyle board
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm 175 lbs and ride the 155cm. This board has taken over my quiver and is now my go to board over my banana magic.
This board rides really well everywhere on the mountain in less than 6 inches of snow, anything over that I switch to a directional board. The camber profile gives it a ton of pop, either load the tail/nose or just straight up. it carves pretty well even on hard snow. Not he best for pipe but does really well. Plenty agile for rails and boxes and holds a press nicely. rides smoothly over just about anything when going just shy of straight down the hill. It floats reasonably well in powder and is easy to turn, but just inst as good as a real pow board.
I really have nothing bad to say about this board, it is just a super easy ride that would be good for anyone who rides freestyle or wants to learn.
Its fun to be the bad guy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This board really shines with the camber profile Salomon used, especially with Salomons sidecut tech- its an awesome board, that is stable around the mountain, but flexible enough to press through any rail! Basically, with the Rock Out camber, you get a lot of the snap and power to cruise the mountain. Salomons sidecut tech is top notch as well- just the right amount of contact points in the right places, and I feel like I can really tell when they engage, also for more stability. That being said, I still ripped this thing all over the park and loved every minute of it. I rode the 150, and I'm a tall, skinny 140 lbs, and I feel like it fit me well.
Good Wood 2014
Good Wood 2014