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
Read the full Ride Snowboards Farah Snowboard Review from Wired
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!”