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Salomon Sickstick Review

A well-rounded board that has a unique feature set but fell short of performance, given the price tag
salomon sickstick snowboard review
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Price:  $650 List
Manufacturer:   Salomon
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2022
74
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SCORE


RANKED
#15 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 7.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 7.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 7.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Salomon Sickstick is a great all-around, do-it-all board. It has a unique camber profile and blended sidecut to give it a well-rounded performance. Its taper and the blend of camber, rocker, and flat camber provide stability at high speeds while maintaining floatation in powder, and it offers a smooth flex and playful ride. The board features cork and bamboo sidewalls, which provide a damp yet powerful turning experience when understood. However, the Sickstick seems over-engineered and underperforming given the price tag. Another well-rounded board that offers excellent value is the Ride Warpig.
REASONS TO BUY
Versatile
Fully featured
Beautiful wood top sheet
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Very damp
Over-engineered given performance
Editor's Note: We updated this review to share the latest Sickstick graphics on December 7, 2022.

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Pros Versatile, fully featured, beautiful wood top sheetGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphics
Cons Expensive, very damp, over-engineered given performanceNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpack
Bottom Line A well-rounded board that has a unique feature set but fell short of performance, given the price tagOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysHas a playful merit to its high-performance abilitiesA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budget
Rating Categories Salomon Sickstick K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Edging (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Playfulness (20%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Salomon Sickstick K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Riding Style All Mountain Big mountain Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain
Shape Directional Tapered Twin Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Flat/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium/Stiff Stiff Stiff Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 6 lbs 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.22 lbs 6.44 lbs
Tested Length 157 cm 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 159 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 153, 157, 161, 165 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Ghost Green Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.5 cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.4 cm
Radius 8.1 m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.5 m
Taper 12 mm 6 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sickstick has been a part of Salomon's snowboard lineup for well over a decade now. Its presence and performance have helped Salomon to grow a powder and freeride community. Within this community is snowboard legend Wolle Nyvelt. Nyvelt is part of the design team for the Hillside Project, which is Salomon's all-mountain and powder boards series. The Sickstick blends powder performance and all-around freestyle into one.

Performance Comparison


salomon sickstick snowboard review - the bases says it all, this board is pretty sick.
The bases says it all, this board is pretty sick.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Edging


Carving the Sickstick took some getting used to. Our testers found the board to be very damp. Essentially that means it was hard to tell what the surface and board was doing. Our testers attributed that to the cork in the sidewall, which is an inherently damp material. The dampness of the board, at times, made it feel slow or glued to the snow; it took some getting used to. After we adapted, the Quadratic sidecut which has a tighter radius toward the tail allowed for a tight turn ending and allowed our testers to accelerate out of the turn. It was awesome. We enjoyed this board's dynamic experience after we tuned it to the unique feel, and it proved to be very capable and quick to get on edge.

salomon sickstick snowboard review - the salomon's sidewall is comprised of bamboo and cork; partially...
The Salomon's sidewall is comprised of bamboo and cork; partially contributing to its damp and progressive feel.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


The Sickstick has a tapered twin shape and a rockered nose. These features provided above-average floatation as the nose supports lift and the taper helps sink the tail. It was nimble in treed areas and could hold its own at higher speeds in open areas.

Stability at Speed


When straight-lining and performing quick edge-to-edge transitions, our testers really enjoyed the dampness of the board as it brought a feeling of security. Its blended sidecut boded well with the straight-lining, long turning, and quick high-speed edge-to-edge movement.

Playfulness


The twin-based shape and medium flex pattern of the Sickstick buttered, spun, and rode backward with ease. The camber resisted force to hold presses and drive through short radius turns. This is Salomon's all-mountain offering which was a fun and playful experience all over the mountain.

salomon sickstick snowboard review - the all natural graphic of the sickstick.
The all natural graphic of the Sickstick.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Pop and Jumping


The Sickstick has an interesting blend of materials and cambers to create a flex that stiffens up the deeper you flex into it. The model provides great pop that didn't require a lot of pre-loading to harvest.

salomon sickstick snowboard review - the quaderlizer sidecut working hard.
The Quaderlizer sidecut working hard.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Value


While the Sickstick is a fun and well-made board, our testing suggests that its middle-of-the-road performance makes it hard to justify the price tag. For the right person with some spare coin, it could be a worthy investment. There's a lot of technology in this board, but it might be over-engineered for your needs.

Conclusion


The Salomon Sickstick is for the higher budget rider who rides groomers, off-piste, and is constantly looking for powder stashes or places to catch flight. It's an aesthetic and well-designed board, but our testing shows you can save some coin and obtain similar or better performance with other boards in our review.

Isaac Laredo
 
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