After nearly a month of splitboarding and resort snowboarding in a variety of temperatures, the Ride Admiral Jacket succeeded in keeping testers dry and comfortable in all conditions – whether they were wearing a base layer beneath or not. Beyond breathability, the jacket’s outer shell and well-taped seams handily beat back all foul weather encountered.
After four solid days being hit over the head with the latest and greatest for 2015, we’ve found the time to reflect on our time spent at SIA and take stock of the gear that really impressed us, the next-level lines that literally had us drooling on the carpet of the Colorado Convention Center.
On the binding front, boosted flex, revamped tech and sleek style seemed to run rampant; here’s a run-down of the 5 bindings upping the ante this time around:
Created as part of Ride’s 2015 collab with Akomplice, the Rodeo binding is styled out to fit the Ride x AK Helix board, a sleek highback binding supported by aluminum heel cups. Good looks & solid tech, we’re stoked on what Ride is bringing to the table this time around.
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A favorite of pro snowboarder Hana Beaman, the women’s-specific Ride Hellcat Snowboard, is perfect for your all-mountain freestyle pursuits. It’s got a slight camber underfoot and rocker technology in the tip and tail, which makes for speedy, yet stable turns, and gives you good grip on icy groomers.
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Lengths: 152, 155, 158, 159W, 161, 162W, 164, 165W, 168W
Ideal Terrain: All-mountain
When you think of Jake Blauvelt’s riding style a natural, creative flow comes to mind. But then there’s the occasional explosive act within, berzerking you could say. Jake designed his pro model for his type of riding, one that fits this electrified current. It has a slight directional shape and 3/4 inch setback stance with a bit of rocker in the nose and subtle camber throughout, giving it easy turn initiation, float in pow, solid snap in and out of turns, and powerful ollies. It’s laced with Ride’s urethane Slimewall sidewalls for vibration dampening, smooth flex, and impact protection. With a hybrid layup of fiberglass between the top and bottom the board isn’t overly stiff (it’s rated a five out of ten on Ride’s flex scale), but multiple arrays of carbon extend from the bindings and tip and tail to further edge control and pop. It comes finished with a screaming fast sintered base, too. Like a lone artist painting his way down a white canvas, this board is Jake’s signature brush.
About the Graphic
Brazilian Artist Bruno Novelli (a.k.a. Bruno 9li) stormed up the graphic frenzy on this board. Novelli, of Brazilian and Italian descent, has a keen interest in Amazonian rituals, painting history, and animated GIFs. Check out more of his work at bruno9li.com.
From Transworld Magazine
Cappel’s slim fit, boot-cut Wasted Pant makes sure you look like a lady- not the Marshmellow Man.
It looks like Ullr has been hearing our prayers, as snow continues to hammer mountains across the country, keeping the backcountry open for business. If you’re into powder facials and spending endless hours in the white room, this round up is for you.
As backcountry boards tend to fall on the pricey end of the shopping spectrum, we did some research and found the top 5 most reliable backcountry boards under $500, to aid all you powder fiends continuously chasing down your next fix.
Ride The Slackcountry
When the blower days arrive at the resorts, head out of bound and get back to that good old powder face-shot treatment with the Ride Slackcountry. A powder influenced HighRize Rocker lets you surf the snow and take it all in while the Slackcountry takes care of the rest even. Along with Ride’s Slimewall sidewall technology that quiets chatter, Carbon Array 3 Laminates increase stiffness throughout the board so you can slash massive rooster tails the entire run. Safe to say there won’t be any true slacking happening here.