Great timing on your review Nivek, thanks for posting it. Recently started looking at this board as my best option for upgrade next month, but really just the Angrysnowboarder review available at the moment.
I kind of had it in my head it was just a stiffer Villain, so good to see you're confirmation on that. Villain gets great write ups and multiple time good wood winner for what its worth.
A couple of questions on the riding you did with it, it sounds like you hit some boxes/rails, hit any kickers? Save angry snowboarders one single jump that he did I have no idea on the pop on this board. Assuming it should be pretty decent, but the info available makes it sound like Villain has Carbon stringers but the Assassin not? Any experience on this board with kickers and pop?
I'm guessing it holds an edge well, how about dampness at speed, and chatter, feel solid?
It seems like it should be an awesome all mountain freestyle board, but not that much info about on it yet.
Oh have you checked the Salomon website recently, they have the team killing it on backcountry booters on this thing, so pretty confident on its pow handling
but keen for any input you may have on the above aspects.