Expert Review: Salomon Huck Knife Pro Snowboard · 2023Published on 09/10/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
Austrian Alps. All photos courtesy of Avery Wilson
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
The Salomon Huck Knife Pro Snowboard is ideal for any intermediate to advanced rider who wants to shred park and enjoy the freestyle aspects of the mountain.
About the gear
- Model: 2023 Salomon Huck Knife Pro
- Size: 148
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 150lbs
- Experience 10 years of riding
- When I bought this: October 2022
- Days tested: 96
- Mount position: Centered
- Boots: 2023 Burton Felix
- Boot Size: Women’s 8
- Bindings: 2023 Women’s Union Ultra
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado, Utah, California, and Austria
- Terrain: Park, trees, groomers, powder, steep hiking trails
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a durable board to handle 70+ days of hard riding. I was also looking for a stiff enough park board to feel secure on larger jumps.
Why I chose this gear
I chose this board after hearing so many good things about how it is in the park. It holds an edge really well for jumps, has lots of pop from its full camber shape, and is super durable. I previously rode the Burton Custom but was looking for something a little stronger.
What I love about it
- Speed: This board handles speed amazingly with a sintered base and stiff build.
- Edge hold: Edge hold is great overall. This board has a freestyle edge bevel, so one doesn’t have to worry as much about catching an edge on a rail but still has a good grip for jumps.
- Turns: With a stiffer core, I notice how smooth it is, changing edge to edge, making turns feel like butter. Carving comes really easy.
- Groomers: This board does just as well as an all-mountain board on groomers. I can carve, do some freestyle, and be creative with ease.
- Trees: Surprisingly, this board does great in the trees. I don’t see park boards often in the trees. The stiffness of the board makes it easy to make quick edge changes when going around trees.
- Park: With this board being a true twin park dream, it excels in the park. Salomon’s Quad Camber gives it so much pop and power. This makes jibs and jumps feel amazing.
- Durability: This board can handle some slams. The ghost carbon beams in this board are crazy durable. The board lasted over 90 days with me and didn’t lose any significant bend in the camber. The board also has a sintered base, which holds wax a lot better.
- Weight: For weight, it’s pretty light. Having a lower swingweight has been great for spinning jumps.
- Switch riding: This board is amazing for switch riding. It’s a true twin shape, with the same feel riding in either position.
- Stability: The stability is overall really good. Since it’s a stiffer board, it minimizes chunder underneath the feet. However, one might notice more chunder than normal when taking it through powder conditions.
- Versatility: Even though the board is mainly just for the park, it has done very well for overall resort riding. If someone wants to ride groomers or mellow black diamond runs, the board has held up great in both situations.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: Since this board is primarily for the park, it’s not the best in powder. It’s harder to keep afloat since the board is a true twin, but one can set the bindings back to help not lean back as much to stay afloat. The full camber also makes it a little tough. Ideally, riders want a little bit of rocker in the board in powder.
- Moguls: For moguls, the board does decent. I want a board with a non-beveled edge for quicker board control going through each mogul.
- Backcountry: Not ideal for backcountry riding. This board is definitely better for the resort, more for the park than powder.
- Carving: Since this board is more for park riding, carving is okay. The edges come with a freestyle edge bevel, making it easier not to catch on rails. Having this edge bevel will decrease some grip for carving.
- Flotation: Since this board is full camber and a true twin, it doesn't have a rockered nose or any taper (wider nose than tail) to help stay afloat in deep snow.
Favorite moment with this gear
Riding this board in the early season in Austria was an unreal experience. The board helped me unlock some new tricks in the early season that I could perfect more during competition season. It’s a blast to ride at all times.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Huck Knife Pro comes in at around $630, which is definitely on the higher end of pricing. However, one is getting the quality and technology worthy of its price. The Huck Knife Pro is a top park board for a reason. It compares pretty closely to the Burton Custom in price.
Overall, if riders want to improve their park riding and become better riders, this board can get them there. It’s so much fun to ride.