The Ride Buckwild Snowboard
This twin shape has minimal rocker featuring a long, stable flat zone that extends well beyond the inserts into the tip and tail. The Pop Rods are carbon tubes added to the boards for more pop and smoother landings without added stiffness. The Carbon Array provides total board control in every stance location. 3 widespread carbon stringers placed at the binding zone gather input from any stance width and all pressure angles. Rider input is then channeled to the opposing contact point for maximum board control.
Ride’s exclusive Slimewalls are forgiving and ductile, absorbing impacts rather than defending against them. Just like your skate wheels, the urethane in Slimewalls smooths the interaction with the snow, wood or metal surfaces you may Ride on. On top of all that, these babies are virtually indestructible, the most durable sidewalls in snowboarding. Nearly 50% more steel in the Cleave Edge, delivers unmatched resistance to edge cracking and can be detuned to larger radii. – Michigan Boarder
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Freestyle boards don’t have to be noodles, and when Ride redesigned the Machete, it did so with an eye toward boarders who want to take their park skills into bigger, natural terrain.
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The revamped Baretta brought in rave reviews thanks to a new directional shape, a set-back stance, and a mellow camber that extends from the feet to the tail, and the Trident boot was selected as one of this season’s best boots.
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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
Considering how many boards are touted as having “all-mountain” capabilities, very few manage to live up to the name. Ride’s Farah ($500) is one of those rare all-mountain boards that actually, truly rocks on every part of the resort.
The Farah is a fast board, and not for the faint of heart. It flies down just about anything. I easily bombed across traverses that other boards got stuck on. Ride’s hybrid all-mountain rocker puts a camber zone underfoot and a little rocker at the nose. This keeps it super responsive with some of the best edge control I’ve encountered — even through the chop or on the ice. The early-season conditions we were riding in were far from ideal — ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon — but carving was a blast on everything.
Don’t forget, all-mountain includes the park too. Even though it’s a stiff board overall, Ride’s LSD (ladies-specific design) ensures that the board has just enough pop when you need it, so even park noobs will feel rad. — Karissa Bell
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Ride Crush Snowboard Review
The Crush has flat camber between the inserts with mellow reverse camber out to the tip and tail. Those elevated contact points at the tips are good for everything from casual park-riding to cruising in powder. Its soft flex makes for easy pressing and maneuverability. And with Ride’s urethane-infused topsheet and sidewalls—think skateboard wheels—you get a smooth ride whether you’re on groomers or jibbing a cement ledge.
Category: All Mountain
Sizes: 147, 152, 153W, 155, 156W, 158, 159W
Tester Feedback: “Good board at fast speeds and in chunder, but also handles well jibbing in the park!”