Who says that France is only good for nice wines and expensive cheeses? Because these Frenchmen are at again in their newest BangingBees installment: Vars Holidays. Nico Palladio, Lucas Poullet and Jake Simpson spent a couple days with RIDE under blue skies at Vars Ski and filmed some technical material at one of the best parks in the region. Proof that France is also good for plenty of butter.
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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.