Hello and welcome to my Salomon Huck Knife review.
In this review I will take a look at the Huck Knife as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Huck Knife a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: Salomon Huck Knife
Price: $449 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 79.8/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 94.4/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 69.7/100
- The average price was $486
- The Huck Knife ranked 15th out of 27
Overview of the Huck Knife’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Huck Knife’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Advanced||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (but mostly camber - Salomon's "Quad Camber")||Shape||True Twin|
|Waist Width (mm)||248||251||253||260||255||263|
|Weight Range (lbs)||100-145||110-160||125-165||145-195||145-195||145-210|
|Weight Range (kgs)||45-65||50-73||57-75||65-88||65-88||65-95|
Who is the Huck Knife Most Suited to?
The Huck Knife is suited to anyone who wants to ride freestyle over the whole mountain but also wants to ride in the park.
The Huck Knife can lay down a decent carve too – so if you like to carve between popping off lips, ollying over rollers and buttering your way down the hill, then this might be your kind of board.
It’s an intermediate and up board so not really for beginners. You’d want to have a decent amount of mountain hours under your belt before riding this thing.
It’s also great for anyone wanting to save a few dollars – it’s a good bit cheaper than the average board in this category.
The Huck Knife in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Huck Knife is capable of.
Board: Salomon Huck Knife 2017, 155cm (253mm waist width)
Date: April 9th, 2016
Conditions: Icy at the start of the day, but softened up in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky! It was the ideal day – in terms of the weather – apart from forgetting my sunscreen!
Bindings angles: +18/-9
Not heaps of the deep stuff the day I rode, but anything that I could get a floaty feel over top of felt ok on the Huck Knife. It’s never going to be a powder hound but it can survive in it.
There’s a bit of rocker in the tip and tail of this board and that definitely helps – though it is predominantly camber. It’s centered and a true twin shape which isn’t ideal for powder.
Carving and Turning
You can definitely lay down a good carve on this thing. I rode the Huck Knife mostly in the afternoon when it was a bit softer but parts of the hill that were still hard/icy it held its edge ok in a carve. And in the slushier parts it was even better. Definitely better in medium snow than icy snow.
In terms of standard turns it’s reasonably quick from edge to edge and quite maneuverable – it’s got a stable feel underfoot. It’s not a loose board by any means. It likes tight quick turns too.
It’s not a speed demon but it’s reasonably quick.
Provided you keep the sintered base waxed this thing will definitely be fine on any flat spots.
It also has a medium flex so that makes it quicker than if it had a soft flex. It doesn’t have a directional shape but overall it’s an averagely fast board – probably about right for how you’d typically want to ride it.
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Like a lot of things with this board, it’s decent on uneven terrain. This board doesn’t really have any major weaknesses, nor any outstanding strengths – it’s got great all round properties.
This board has plenty of camber underfoot and that really helps to give it some good pop. So popping off jumps, rollers, lips etc is really fun on this board. The camber between the feet is subtle but the camber directly under the feet is more exaggerated and that’s what really helps with the pop on this board.
Small to large jumps in the park are great too – it’s stable on landings and that’s helped by its camber profile and that medium flex – it’s forgiving enough – but also doesn’t curl up too much on landing the medium to large jumps as a slightly softer board might.
It felt pretty much as good as you would want a board to riding the other way.
It’s got a true twin shape and a centered stance so it wasn’t surprising that switch was easy – it’s also not an overly aggressive board – despite all that camber (the camber between the feet is quite subtle – directly under the feet more pronounced) so for those that aren’t that good at riding switch yet it’s relatively forgiving – but it’s not that un-aggressive either, so it’s not the best board for riding switch but it’s still pretty good.
The Huck Knife isn’t a jib specialist – but it’s certainly good for the part time jibber.
I didn’t take it into a pipe but I think it would be decent based on feel and specs.
It’s got a stiff enough flex for the pipe and it’s got a centered stance on a true twin shape – a bit more edge-hold would make it better in the pipe.
Changes from the 2018 Model
The 2017, 2018 & 2019 models of this board are all very similar.
Changes from the 2016 Model
The Huck Knife is brand new. The 2017 model is the first incarnation of this board. Though it is essentially replacing the Sabotage which is not in the Salomon line-up this year. The Huck Knife is slightly different to the Sabotage though – it’s not just a name change.
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||79.8/100|
I’m not a big fan of the graphic on this board (something that doesn’t personally come into my decision making though) but otherwise it’s a solid all-mountain-freestyle deck that really is an all-rounder. You can ride freestyle anywhere, and also lay down a good carve when you want to. You can take it pretty much anywhere on the mountain too.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Huck Knife, are ready to buy or just want to research current prices, check out the links below.
If you want to check out other all-mountain-freestyle decks or compare the Huck Knife to others, check out the next link.