Salomon Pulse Review
This lightweight board provides a solid ride on hard snow and fresh powder. It's one of the only boards on our list that features flat or zero camber, which offers excellent stability and makes it easy to initiate jumps in the park.
Salomon Pulse reviews indicate that amateurs and experts alike regard this board as an excellent value. The team of snowboarding enthusiasts at The Good Ride admires this Salomon snowboard's performance on such varied terrain as jumps, powder, and groomed runs. The board also excels at carving and holding an edge, according to the site's review, so it will serve beginning riders well even as they progress and pick up speed.
Salomon gives the Salomon Pulse (starting at $249, Amazon) a flex rating of 2 out of 5, so it has a soft to medium flex -- but not too soft, notes an expert from snowboard shop The House In a Salomon Pulse review on YouTube. This is a directional twin, so the flex is stiffer toward the tail end of the board. Directional twin is a very versatile shape that offers extra strength and control when turning, yet still allows snowboarders to ride switch (with the right foot in front instead of the left). This particular board excels at going both ways, according to The Good Ride's Salomon Pulse review.
The Pulse has a flat profile, or zero camber, and an extruded base that's easy to maintain. A snowboarding veteran who goes through two to three boards per year praises the durability of Salomon boards in a Salomon Pulse review of an earlier model on Epinions. He has used the Pulse as a practice board and been pleased to see it stand up to countless rocks and other abuse.
In general, says the expert at The House, the Salomon Pulse is a well-rounded beginner to intermediate snowboard.