Hello and welcome to my Slash Happy Place snowboard review.
In this review I will take a look at the Happy Place as a Freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Happy Place a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other Freestyle snowboards.
Board: Slash Happy Place
Price: $399 (USD recommended retail)
Rating Score: 86.8/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 42 Men’s Freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 79.6/100
- The highest score was 92.3/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 69.8/100
- The average price was $439
- The Happy Place ranked 4th out of 42
Overview of the Happy Place’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Happy Place’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Beginner to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (C2 BTX)||Shape||Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||243||247||249||251||257||253||253||260|
|Weight Range (kgs)||45-63||50-68||57-75||59-77||61-79||61-79||66-84+||66-84|
|Weight Range (lbs)||99-139||110-150||125-165||130-170||135-175||135-175||145-185+||145-185|
Who is the Happy Place Most Suited to?
The Happy Place is great for anyone looking for a softer flexing snowboard that they want to use mostly in the park but also to do freestyle-esque things over the rest of the mountain.
If you’re looking for a playful freestyle board that’s great for ground tricks, spins, jumps in the park, natural jumps, riding switch and jibbing – then the Happy Place is a great choice.
It’s also a great board for beginners just learning snowboarding or for those who have been riding for a while and want to start doing more freestyle type riding. But it’s also awesome for advanced freestyle riders.
Not a hard charger for steeps, backcountry etc – definitely a freestyle/park board.
The Happy Place in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Happy Place is capable of.
Board: Slash Happy Place 2017, 156cm (253mm waist width)
Date: March 9th, 2016
Conditions: Soft packed but definitely harder than the 2 previous days I was riding but still pretty soft. Harder conditions towards the bottom of mountain. Spent most of my time on this board in the park though.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
Stance width: 560mm (22“)
Not what it’s made for but certainly not terrible. It’s hybrid camber shape is nice for powder. Centered stance not so much but overall isn’t too bad for a park board.
Not made for carving. Really not the point of this board. But it was average, not terrible, at carving.
It’s an easy turning board though. Turns were easy to make so it’s great for a beginner in that sense and also as a really maneuverable park board.
Not the fastest board going around but not designed for that. Enough speed to get up enough speed for the approach to jumps and that’s all you want out of a deck like this.
Hugs the bumps well – the camber profile is fine for it and the softer flex gives it a “softer suspension” so to speak.
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Initiation into switch is super easy and feels really catch-free. Could just keep spinning all down the slope! And any sustained time in switch feels good too – but not surprising given the centered stance and true twin shape and catch-freeness. Good for landing in switch too for those same reasons.
Really nice on small to medium jumps. Good pop and nice and easy to spin. Easy to ollie and good pop for ollies. Probably a bit soft to be amazing on big jumps but certainly doable on the larger jumps.
Really easy maneuverability for approach to jumps.
This board was really fun for jibbing. The maneuverability to make sure of a good approach makes it nice for approaching jibs. Really easy to spin and flexes nicely over rails and boxes. Good for popping off the end of boxes etc too.
As a Beginner Board
This review is looking at the Happy Place as a freestyle board but it’s also a great beginner board. It’s super easy to turn and feels really catch free. This was a board that was really easy to get on and just ride.
Changes from Past Models
The 2018 model is the same as the 2017 model.
The 2017 model is the same as the 2016 model except for the graphic.
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||86.8/100|
Overall, this is one of the better freestyle snowboards I’ve ridden. Really fun playful board. It’s also really reasonably priced too so if you’re budget is on the low side, it’s an even better option.
It’s also really well suited to beginners but if you are riding freestyle then great for advanced freestyle riders too.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Happy Place or want to research prices and availability check out the links below.
- Slash Happy Place at blue-tomato (UK/Europe)
If you’re interested in the Happy Place check out the links above. If you want to look at other freestyle snowboards or see where the Happy Place fit in my top 10 freestyle snowboards list, check out the link below.