Hello and welcome to my Slash ATV snowboard review.
In this review I will take a look at the Slash ATV as an aggressive-all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the ATV a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive-all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Slash ATV
Price: $529 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium-Stiff (8/10)
Rating Score: 92.7/100
Compared to other Aggressive-All-Mountain Boards
Out of all the aggressive-all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- I looked at 16 different men’s aggressive all mountain boards
- The average price was $574 (USD)
- The average score was 82.7/100
- The highest score was 92.7/100
- The lowest score was 75.3/100
- The ATV ranked 1st out of 16!
Overview of the ATV’s Specs
Check out the ATV’s specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||Aggresive-All-Mountain||Flex||Medium-Stiff (8 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Locked-In|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber||Shape||Directional Twin|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Price||$529 (USD)||Base||Sintered HD|
|Waist Width (mm)||249||251||253||253||260||255||263|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57-75||59-77||61-79||66-84||66-84||73-95||77-93+|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-165||130-170||135-175||145-185||145-185||160-210||165-205+|
Who is the ATV Most Suited to?
The ATV is best for anyone who likes to ride hard and fast. If you like to really carve up the slopes, get your elbows in the snow and feel the wind rush past your ears – then you’re going to have a great time doing it on the ATV.
It’s also really well suited for the pipe if you like to go in there. And it’s great for jumps – whether over large jumps in the park or on natural hits or for ollies (heaps of pop). Not really a spinner though – more for straight air.
If you prefer your riding more casual, then the ATV is probably too aggressive for you.
Also this board would definitely be too aggressive for a beginner so you definitely want to know how to wield a snowboard before strapping yourself to this one. But for those that can tame this beast they will get their rewards in the performance it produces.
It can handle powder but not its bread and butter so if you occasionally hit powder then it’ll do the job fine but if you’re in the powder a lot then a freeride board is probably a better bet.
The ATV in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the ATV is capable of.
Board: Slash ATV 2017, 158cm, 253mm waist width
Date: March 8th, 2016
Conditions: Some fresh, wet powder left over from a couple of days prior but quite hard in places – overall reasonably slow conditions. Temperature was around -1 degrees (-5 degrees with wind chill).
Bindings angles: +18/+3
Stance width: 560mm (22”)
It surprised me how this did in powder. I wasn’t expecting too much given the traditional camber profile but it actually floated pretty good considering.
Now it wasn’t like the Brainstorm in powder – which I demoed the day before – but it exceeded my expectations.
This deck was born to carve!
It’s quite a stiff deck but despite that it felt effortless when carving (I guess that’s how carving is supposed to feel but you know what I mean :-)).
Had some hard-to-icy conditions in places and this thing gripped it beautifully – great edge-hold.
This board is super-fast. The conditions I had weren’t that fast – lots of wet powder – but the ATV kept really good speed. And, importantly, it felt really stable at speed – that’s that camber and stiff flex taking control.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
This video is for the 2015-16 model but there is no change for the 2016-17 model (except the graphic) so it’s all still relevant.
It doesn’t hug the bumps – but wasn’t expecting it to either and I didn’t have too many to deal with. It’s an aggressive deck and not designed for bumps like that. You’re supposed to fly over them not ride them gently!
I say shit goddamm! This deck is sweet with jumps. Heaps of pop (thanks again to that traditional camber and a very accentuated camber) and that speed means the approach is super-fast – so definitely got some extra lift over the jumps because of that too.
The approach to jumps and side hits was also fine. I found this board surprisingly easy to maneuver and setup given its flex and aggressiveness.
Landings felt really stable too. Not really a spinner but great with straight air.
It felt surprisingly comfortable riding this board switch. But then it does have a directional twin shape – where a lot of aggressive decks would have directional shapes.
Definitely not a jibber. You could if you wanted to but not made for that and won’t be very good at it.
I didn’t ride it in the pipe but it would have been fun to!
Based on the specs and reviews from others it’s pretty killer between the walls.
And that’s no surprise given its great edge-hold, massive amounts of pop and its speed. The directional twin shape is also great for the pipe. If it had a centered stance it would be practically the perfect pipe board.
The colorways for the ATV are different for different sizes. E.g.he 154 a light green (see image at bottom of this post), the 156 is orange (see image above), the 158 and 159W are blue (see top image), and the 161 is black.
Changes from the 2016 Model
The 2017 model is identical to the 2016 model except for the graphics. So if you can find a cheap 2016 version then go for it.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||92.7/100|
Felt confident and comfortable on this deck from the word go. Most boards take a few runs to get used to but I felt confident opening this thing out from run 1.
Felt surprisingly maneuverable and easy to turn given the stiffness. Though it was the 158 and maybe the 161 would have been the better size for me in terms of carving and powder and speed. But I liked the extra maneuverability, particularly when riding through trees.
Overall this deck is a great hard charger for carving, speed and is really poppy and great for straight air jumps. It’s pretty aggressive so not for the beginner.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If this sounds like your kind of board check out the links below to learn more, or if you are ready to buy, or to research prices and size availability.
If you’re keen to check out some other aggressive-all-mountain options or if you want to see how the ATV compared against some other aggressive-all-mountain boards check out the link below.