Questions answered by Product Manager Franck Juvin-Acker
What are the biggest forces shaping the changes and developments you've made to your boards?
Our riders are our most powerful driving force- they inspire and drive us to create products that help to push the limits of what riding gear can be and blur boundaries, while keeping snowboarding fun.
Our most important focus is to provide a full offer of Freestyle boards encapsulated in our 5 key FS boards made to slay boredom- Man's Board, Sabotage, The Villain, Salomonder and the Assassin , our NEW do it all FS board. Each one of these boards have innovative tech, mind blowing riders, and exciting graphics.
Salomon has always been team driven- and this year we are launching a Josh Dirksen collection consisting of four different models: SickStick and three new models Derby (short powder board), Rancho (super fun freeride board), and Split (three sizes, three different shapes).
To what degree are you emphasizing camber shape and core profiles in your lineup?
At Salomon, we have always seen the benefits of having some sort of camber in boards, especially in combination with our equalizer sidecuts. The whole mix is more important, not just the camber. With new models we are still pushing our camber hybrid profiles especially on our Freestyle models. We also have a new backseat camber profile on one of our freeride models designed by Josh Dirksen.
Are you cooking up any new materials or construction techniques?
We have 5 major innovations coming next year:
Phoenix core: Our lightest construction to date featured on our highest end FS board, the Protocol, that will be 600grams lighter than standard snowboard and won't get all the harsh chatter typically found on a light snowboard.
Area51 Base: Is built to go faster and fly higher thanks to a high density sintered based laced with a super-secret wax formula, and a specially engineered factory finish.
Variable sidewall: Features variable angles throughout the sidecut for increased edge hold and lightning fast edge to edge transition.
BiteFree Edge Tune: Is our new factory fully detuned tip and tail for a smoother ride and less hangups while setting an edge; which will be found on our entry price points boards.
Millennium Construction: Features Tough Tips, a scratch resistant topsheet, a specially designed fiber layering to minmize edge blowouts, and thicker edges for added durability.
What themes are you seeing for graphics?
We don't follow a particular theme throughout the line for graphics. We try to create the board as a whole, and the graphic represent the board's personality in an emotional and visual way. Our inspirations are as diverse as our boards and our riders can be.
As a general trend, you'll find our boards more simple, fun, and more impactful than in the past. We believe that a good idea is strong enough to be done simply, so, at the art department, we tend to switch the computers off, and get our hands dirty. On some boards, like the Sabotage, or our new Assassin, the rule is simple: no shortcuts, no photoshop.