2019 Salomon Assassin Pro Review—The Blackboard Experiment with Pat Moore
Welcome to the 2019 Blackboard Experiment! How do you select the perfect park snowboard for you? SNOWBOARDER Magazine is here to help with The Blackboard Experiment, a blind board test in which a fleet of freestyle snowboards, all with black topsheets and bases, are put to task by one rider to determine the best in each discipline (carving, jibbing, jumping, and transition) and the best overall. This year, we met up with Pat Moore for a week in Aspen Snowmass to test the latest offerings from the biggest brands. Check below for the review of board #3, The Salomon Assassin Pro!
All-mountain freestyle charging, the versatile Assassin PRO is a directional twin built with our top of the line technology, making it a ride-anything solution with unrivaled performance for float in pow, stability at high-speeds, and pop off of jumps.—Greg Covello, Marketing Communications Manager
Model Length Tested: 156
Additional Lengths: 150, 153, 156, 159, 162, 165, 158W, 163W
Shape: Directional Twin
Core: Ghost Green Core
Base: Sintered EG
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My first impression is that it's very soft. I felt comfortable on it from the first run and I felt great on it on the rails, but going into the halfpipe and the jumps, I felt like it was lacking support.
This board felt really good on the rails. It was nice and soft, easy to press. The approach to all the rails seemed really easy because of that flat sidecut—it wasn't trying to pull me in any one direction. I could kind of just set up for the rail and the board put me straight onto it. This would be a board that I would use for jibbing or street stuff.
Just because it's super soft and had a pretty straight radius, it felt a little sluggish carving. Looking down at the board, the radius of the sidecut is really long, but even though it doesn't have really deep sidecut for carving, when you're lining up for the rails you set an edge and it's really predictable. It has a purpose for being able to set a straight line and sticking to it.
Jumping on it was pretty good. It was easy to set a line, although it didn't have the greatest snap off the lip because it is a softer board, it felt sturdy on the landing. It's a pretty solid jump board.
I don't think it rides that well in the halfpipe. The flex is too soft and the sidecut isn't aggressive enough, so you lose your line very easily at the bottom of the transitions.
It's a pretty solid jump and jib board, but the best part about this board is jibbing on it. It's nice and soft.