Snowboard Review: 09-10 Ride Compact
02 Sep, 2009
This review was done through Board Insiders and will be featured on their site as a review with video of me explaining the board and riding it. I’ll update this link to that when it goes live
Location: Stevens Pass, Washington
Snow Conditions: Snowing with powder on runs, some groomed areas on day 1 of testing with Board Insiders.
Setup: I rode the Ride Compact with Union Forces/Rome Shifts and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: Despite the smaller size for me, it’s handling better than I thought.
Weight: lighter than average
Flex: The Compact featured a softer mid flex both longitudinally and torsionally, really forgiving and mellow ride on the mountain. It didn’t take much adjustment to ride the board and with the flat between the bindings, I noticed right away that when skating/getting off the chairlift it was stable. There was no rocker “woah” moment on it. The lowrize rocker is flat between the bindings then rocker out from the bindings, lifting up the contact points so you don’t catch the edges easily.
Turning: It was my second time being on the lowrize rocker and the best thing about it is it’s predictable and not an adjustment from camber or rocker, because the lowrize is so mellow of a ride. Really easy to initiate turns with and with more pressure, easy to get quicker shorter radius turns which are the bread and butter. I found the shorter radius turns more stable than the longer radius turns where the effective edge was okay but was ready to turn quicker. There wasn’t much hardpacked or icy conditions, some softpacked groomers and it held an edge. I would have liked to ride it on icy conditions to see how it did.
Stable: On the groomers, it felt good freeriding without making me think I would be thrown off since it was a 150cm. It did better than I was expecting but it was out of it’s league in the powder, where the lowrize wasn’t enough rocker and the size was smaller than I needed.
Pop: I took the compact down my favorite banked turns and off a roller where I popped a little late, it felt fine even though I had popped off and landed stable. When it came to butters and presses, the softer flex of the board helped, it wasn’t catchy when buttering and it did okay when it came to tail/nose presses.
Switch: Unlike the men’s version, the compact felt fine switch and rode like a true twin where I didn’t need to adjust to it when riding switch. Easy to switch around and initiate turns, do 180′s and come out with no issues.
Overall Impression: In the smaller amounts of powder, the lowrize rocker helped but it wasn’t enough rocker to handle the snow and the smaller size meant riding the backseat more than anticipated. When I got it on groomers, it didn’t feel like the smaller size like it had in powder and I felt comfortable riding it again. It was a really easy ride and I liked that it reminded me of the Crush but a softer more forgiving women’s ride of it. I’d definitely recommend this for a progressing female rider.
Shay’s Honesty Box: According to people who judge snowboard sizes on height, this would be the perfect fit for me..however my skill, riding style and weight disagree with riding a board smaller than 153cm. If I had learned to ride though, I would have learned on this. The compact came in a 150cm and I took it out even though it’s on the small size for me. I was still able to ride it, see how it handled and at the end of the day I liked it but in a bigger size.