I have had a lot of these things over time and I love them…
I bought it originally as a board to bridge my skill set out of the park and then into making pow days a little more bearable. My natural progression as rail junkie who also likes the deep stuff was to get a bigger board but going from a 151 Salomonder rail slapper to a 184 powder plank didn’t get me excited one bit. I wanted something agile, a little bit bigger that could take on the mountain but still cut some cheeky laps in the park, pipe and jumps.
Enter the villain.
With hybrid camber and a mostly flat base, it is capable of hitting the mark and giving you exactly what you want. I opted for a 153 and though I do love the Salomonder but I find that when I went to use it, I had to brush off a thin layer of dust before putting wood to the white stuff. To explain my point, the all mountain capability of the villain is just that little bit better, so I found myself using it alot more on a day to day level.
What is surprising is the on rail capability of the villain. It’s hybrid rock out camber offers a mostly flat board to lock on to a rail but, with a dip and a twist beyond your bindings you also get better control on snow. The board is a poppy SOB and you wont have any issue launching into the abyss in some back country or throwing some ham at a rail.
We tested out the brand new 2018 villain in a 153′ @ Perisher this season and were pleased to see a few changes over the last model. The result is an even poppier plank with carbon stringers strategically placed. You have a stronger thicker railed master piece that improves response time for the already super agile park and mountain dominatrix.
The 2018 Salomon Villain is an absolute winner! For more details, check out the Salomon page here.