Board: 2018 Salomon Huck Knife
Type: Freestyle – True Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber (Salomon’s Quad Camber)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Conditions: Variable spring conditions: slush, ice, and crispy corn snow
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Salomon Huck Knife is an impressive all around freestyle weapon that comes in at a great price point. With high-end features like EQ rad sidecut, a sintered base, and “popster” core shape, this snowboard is responsive and capable wherever you take it and doesn’t feel overpowering or hard to maneuver. The biggest highlights for me on this snowboard is the feeling of the sidecut and how much fun it is on jibs.
Carving & Edge Hold: This snowboard runs Salomons EQ Rad sidecut and a pretty small radius (smaller radius = tighter turns). This cut is made up of 3 straight lines that are blended together and make the Huck Knife easily maneuverable, even at slow speeds; this is especially noticeable in tight lines and on the approach to features. Making fine tuned adjustments are simple and tracking straight once you’ve got the trajectory you want is no problem. I found that this board feels best carving at moderate speeds, and that carving too aggressively at high speeds can overpower the playful tips. Overall this board is a ton of fun for carving whether you’re riding groomers or navigating tighter lines, and also has solid edge hold.
Flex: The Huck Knife has some decent flex to it; I’ve got to say it’s a bit softer than I anticipated. The flex is around a 4/10 getting pretty playful in the tips, and it is also soft torsionally which is helpful for beginners, on rails, and in the park.
Stability: Pretty average stability and is definitely on the playful side of the spectrum for this style of snowboard. I didn’t notice very much chatter at high speeds, but the softer flex limits stability when you are cruising around with more momentum. In the park this board is going to perform well pretty much everywhere, although it might start to feel a little flimsy on large features. The level of stability is a good fit for the rider interested in a board that’s more suited for riding with a playful freestyle vibe rather than high speed charging or sending the biggest features kind of vibe.
Butters: Butter tricks come naturally on this snowboard. Activating a press is as easy a shifting your weight and doesn’t take much effort at all, although you do need to pay attention to your edges as you swivel on the snow due to the regular camber profile. This is about as buttery as they come without sacrificing too much stability or including a catch resistant base shape like Bataleon and Lobsters 3BT.
Jibbing: The Huck Knife is at home on jibs. Whether you are trying technical tricks involving spins and presses, disaster gaps, 50-50’s, or sliding sideways, I think you will really enjoy this one on rail features. Aside from having plenty of pop and being easy to press with the soft torsional flex helps with locking into features and initiating spins on the way out of rails, too. This is a very capable snowboard for jibbing, and will be a good choice if you are interested in improving your rail game.
Jumps: This is a fun snowboard for jumping although I would definitely say it is more jib oriented than jump oriented. The flex gets really playful and soft in the tips, which sacrifices some stability and can be a little sketchy on large jump features. I would feel confident on jumps in the small to medium range, but would recommend feeling the board out and finding its limits as you move up to larger gaps. Landing without your weight centered on a large jump is going to be much harder to ride away from than on a board with more stability in the tips.
Pop/Snap: The Huck Knife’s regular camber profile, popster core, and softer flex work together to provide you with some solid pop. The softer flex allows you to load tension up for ollies or nollies with minimal effort, and then snaps back into shape offering lots of boost on take offs or on flat ground. End of story is you’re not going to be disappointed when it comes to pop with this snowboard.
Recommendations: This is an ideal snowboard for the rider looking for a freestyle oriented board that is on the playful side of the spectrum; someone looking to play around on groomers and send it in the park. I would also recommend this snowboard to beginner riders that are committed to the sport and know they will progress by dedicating a significant amount of days to snowboarding each season. This board has some nice premium additives that beginners will notice more and more as you progress, and will stand up your riding as it gets more aggressive.
Thank you to Salomon Snowboards for loaning us this snowboard for review!
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