Advanced+ all-mountain boarder Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
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"Which board has the highest limits on every terrain? Push and enjoy it to the max everywhere. Adrenaline comes from sharp long carves till blinding amounts of fresh snow in the woods. All-mountain snowboards should be able to handle it all."
The Salomon Pulse has my approval, absolutely value for money. I consider this snowboard to be an all-mountain board. The Pulse is stiff enough for intermediate carving on groomed slopes and flexible enough to cruise powder. In quality I would compare it with the Burton Custom. Way below the top end boards in stiffness like the Nitro Pantera and for that comfy ride you don't have to pay that much either.
Easy switch, flat and forgiving
The Pulse switches easy from edge to edge. You are in charge once you are have outgrown the beginnerstage of snowboarding. An intermediate can have a lot of fun with this all-mountain board and still have some space to grow. I took the 163 cm length and that felt to be the right choice for my length (181cm) and weight (78kg).
Salomon about the Pulse
"The Pulse was given a shot of life for 2016, featuring Flat Out Camber and BiteFree edges for low consequence creative riding. Pulses brings a brand new shape packing an Aspen Core with a versatile directional twin shape.", says Salomon. Describes the Pulse quite right. It is not only flexible enough to deal with powder, but floats sufficiently as well. Plus playful for the freestylers, it is not a surprise this is a popular board in the rental shops. And cheap to buy. Smart choice when you are still improving your skills and will grow out of an intermediate level.
Burton Custom: bit better on the edges. K2 Slayblade is more of a beginners board, very comfortable all-mountain freestylish. Burton Custom X: a stiffer all-mountain snowboard which is more stable and a logical step up when you improve.