Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Ride Buckwild with Flux DMCC bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: The Buckwild probably has my favorite base graphic of 2013 and the actual ride of the board proves the fun you can have.
Flex: The Buckwild is built for freestyle but with a stiffer flex that generates a lot of pop and power through riding. Overall stiffer freestyle flex (it has a 6 on the scale and I’d agree with that). Stiffer flex from the bindings to the nose/tail of the board with a softer torsional flex for easier turning and response. The Buckwild features twin rocker with a minimal rocker featuring a long, stable flat zone that extends well beyond the inserts into the tip and tail.
Turning: Consistently an easy board to engage into turns and handled very well on edge/carving down the mountain. I liked immediately that I could charge with it without feeling unstable at any point, it handled the longer turns very well and you could just rip around on the board. The slimewalls helped absorb the mountain and good edgehold with the cleave edges.
Stable:When it came time to lap with the boys, it was the Ride Buckwild underneath my feet on the mountain. It held up for the hauling runs down the mountain, felt secure and stable. I snapped a lot of photos while riding this board and that to me is the most important review of stability, when I feel comfortable enough to ride while taking photos and trust in the board completely to not surprise me. Good edgehold with the cleave edge.
Pop: I played with the pop only on the mountains rollers and natural terrain, it felt pretty poppy and definitely an easier board to ollie than some others I had ridden. I noticed the board wasn’t as playful for buttering but it made up for it with the pop and stability factor.
Switch: The Buckwild is a true twin and rode like a true twin on the mountain. Didn’t encounter any differences in how it handled.
Overall Impression: The Buckwild offers up a park ride with the stability of the flat zone with Ride’s technology. It’s a good all-around snowboard, whether you want to ride the park or lap the groomers. The stiffer flex combined with the twin rocker and slimewalls, helped give it a really good stable ride down the mountain.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Buckwild did a good job of standing out from the crowd at the demo and it received quite a bit of ride time because I didn’t want to get off of it. It was memorable, it was fun and it was one of my favorite boards of the Mission Ridge demo. I really liked the base graphic as well, pretty funny and at the time it was very true.
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Ok, ladies, I know some of you have found yourself in the same predicament – often times I am looking for a bigger snowboard to ride some sidecountry action, but they simply don’t exist unless I want to step up to a men’s model. Other times I want to play around on a shorter board, but my size 8.5 boot doesn’t fit on a size 148 board. Right Sized board shaping is a revolutionary approach to ladies snowboards that addresses just that.
For many years now, ladies’ snowboards have been similarly shaped with consistent offering of lengths, width and flex. Our Ladies Specific Design (LSD) Total Shaping approach to snowboards provides the perfect combo for not only a woman’s build, but how we are going to use the board and where.
The newest addition to the Ride line up is the Baretta. What is unique about this snowboard is the Right Sized component. Taking our LSD Total Shaping to a whole new level, the Right Sized Series opens up a world of board size opportunity to a broader range of women riders. This new board profile allows ladies to ride a longer woman’s model with more float (offered up to a size 157), perfect for big mountain charging and pow, or ride shorter without the toe drag if that better suits your riding style. Ultimately it gives you the freedom to ride what size is right for you regardless of your boot size.
Prop’s to our engineers for innovating the new snowboard shape and catering to our needs, and also to our lady testers that participated in the Mt. Hood blind test that refined the Baretta, allowing us to put the best performing Right Sized snowboard out on the market.
Feels great to take my boots off for the last time this season. Thanks to all my friends and hook ups who helped me cruise through another awesome season. #LifeVacation @snoconseattle @ridesnowboardscompany @zealoptics @coalheadwear