Expert Review: Salomon Rumble Fish Snowboard · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard which I purchased with my own money in 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard which I purchased with my own money in 2021.
This board is going to excel for someone looking for an all mountain/freestyle board. The Rumble Fish was a board I chose to ride on days where I wanted to rip the entire mountain but also knew I was going to be playing in the park as well. I would recommend this board to any intermediate - expert level rider wanting a board that can handle mountain terrain but also be able to jib anywhere.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Salomon Rumble Fish
- Size: 148
- Height: 5’4
- Weight: 140
- Experience: I have been riding since I was a little kid and get out 100+ days a season
- When I bought these: Season 2021
- Days tested: 2021/2022 season
- Mount position: Regular Rider
- Boots: Vans Luna Ventana Pro 2022 boots
- Boot Size: 6.5
- Bindings: Burton Lexa’s 2021
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado Resorts
- Terrain: I bring this board all over the mountain. My home resort is Vail and I ride everywhere. Park, trees, groomers
How it performs
What I was looking for
When I purchased this board, I was looking for a new park board that could still rip all over. I am a snowboard coach and we usually spend most of our days in the park but we also like to take laps all over the mountain so I needed something that could handle both and I found it.
Why I chose this gear
I chose this board because it’s a great price point for a solid all mountain board that can handle all the terrain I want to ride. Salomon also makes amazing gear that holds up with a great warranty so it was a no brainer for me.
I did look into a few other options but chose this one because of the profile of the board, the price point and also because I just loved how it rode. I really enjoy carving and this board held up great while really digging in my carves.
What I love about it
- Speed - The Rumble Fish can handle speed and is a fast board. With a sintered base that can hold a line pretty dang well when it’s time to charge down the mountain or get ready for a big jump.
- Edge hold - I don’t ride a ton of icy conditions but there were a few days in the park this year that I did and Salomon’s EQ side-cut made it stress free to ride those days in the park and not feel like I was going to slip out on every landing.
- Turns - Having Camber underfoot helps with having more response in your turns. I felt that the board had a quick turn radius at high speeds and slower at slower speeds. This board likes to go fast!
- Groomers- Riding this board on groomers is super fun! Being able to make big carves on this board is a great feeling.
- Trees- The Rumble Fish is a stiff aggressive board that did well in the trees. I felt like I could get around tight trees pretty well without feeling like I was going to catch an edge or hit a tree. I ride pretty fast in the trees and this board wants to go fast.
- Moguls- This board felt pretty good in uneven terrain. It can handle bumpy snow pretty well.
- Park- This board shines in the park. I felt confident in my take off and landings having this board strapped to my feet. It’s also really fun to jib around on.
- Backcountry- This board can handle almost all terrain so I would feel confident taking this board in the side country if it was not a pow day. Being a true twin and made for more aggressive riders, I think this board would excel on steeper terrain.
- Durability- Salomon makes great products so the durability with this board should be great.
- Weight- Being a stiff board, this board feels pretty light under my feet.
- Switch riding- Being a true twin, this board can ride switch like a pro
- Stability- Being a stiff aggressive board, I feel like it does not lack stability. From cruising to high speeds and everything in between, this board is ready to be there for you. Usually at high speeds I feel like boards can cause chatter under your feet but not with the Rumble Fish.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder- I did not find this true twin board to be the best in powder. You are not able to set this board back much and I felt that I had to do more work to keep this board afloat in the powder.
- Trees- If you are a slow tree rider, this board might not be for you. This board wants to make quick snappy turns.
Favorite moment with this gear
The Rumble Fish was the board I was riding when I threw my first backflip on a park jump. Knowing my landing was going to be on more hard pack snow, I wanted to have a board under me that wouldn’t let me slip out and this board succeeded. You can do anything with the Rumble Fish.
Value for the money vs. other options
There are some great boards on the market and it can be hard to know which one to choose. The Rumble Fish is priced at $499.95 right now which is a smoking deal for an all mountain board made by Salomon. If you want a board that can hold up and also has a great warranty, I would choose the Salomon Rumble Fish.
The Rumble Fish is a true twin board, when I think of true twin boards, I don’t think of an aggressive stiff board but more of a playful board. This board can be both! I would not want to take this board out on a pow day but any other days I want to have the Rumble Fish under me. This board is great for intermediate to expert level riders who want a board for park and all mountain riding.