Salomon Lotus Review
Women may soon progress beyond the capabilities of this beginner board, but it sure beats rental gear made for men. The flat profile promises a stable ride and a gentle learning curve.
The Salomon Lotus (starting at $200, Amazon) is a forgiving and easy-to-ride women's snowboard from a brand with a reputation for quality. In a Salomon Lotus review on YouTube, an expert from snowboard shop The House calls the 2011 version a classic entry-level board. This all-mountain snowboard earns mostly solid marks in a Salomon Lotus review at The Good Ride. As a beginner board, it's not built for speed, so the site's gear enthusiasts give it a "rough" rating on that score, but they say it does hold an edge well. The review concludes that the board delivers good performance on groomed runs, rails, and jumps and represents an excellent value for the money.
This women's snowboard is designed with a narrower width and a softer flex than men's boards the same length. This makes it easier for women with smaller feet and lower body weight to control the board. The directional twin shape provides a bit more control in the tail end of the board, making the Lotus easy to turn. It's very soft, with a flex rating of 1 out of 5. This Salomon snowboard bucks the trend toward reverse camber, or rocker, for entry-level boards in favor of zero camber. The flat profile offers a more stable ride and, like rocker, gives beginning riders a chance to learn without catching an edge and tumbling down the mountain. The extruded base is easy to maintain and inexpensive to repair.
Where to buy
Experts caution in Salomon Lotus reviews that this is a solidly beginner board. Women who can see themselves progressing quickly may want to look for something that will stick with them longer as their skills improve. However, riders who are new to the sport and don't expect to get out more than a few times a year will find this a reliable board that's not too demanding.