SALOMON PIL­LOW TALK

Transworld Snowboarding - - THROUGH THE MADNESS -

MSRP: $450 Lengths 145, 151

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.

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