Ride Machete GT

This year, Ride released a stiffer, faster version of the Machete, one of its flagship boards. The Machete GT ($550) sports a few upgrades — most notably, the addition of a micro-cambered shape between the feet, and carbon and urethane inserts located at the board’s contact points at either end.

The micro-camber complements the rockered tips with some edge control, while the inserts (aka the “Popwalls”) on the edges of the board give you a more stable responsive platform. I also dug the “Membrain” top sheet, a urethane/fabric sheet that not only weighs less than half of a traditional topsheet, but also serves to dampen vibration when hitting rough terrain at high speeds. — Billy Brown, Wired Magainze

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