Snowboard Review: 09-10 Ride Machete
13 Jan, 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the Ride Machete with Ride Sigma Movement bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: Finally getting to ride the machete, I heard this board can cut down trees.
Weight: Lighter than average
Flex: Overall it isn’t a soft board, as a park board it’s on the stiffer side and I think the majority of stiffness felt that way from the carbon array 3 they use in the board. The machete felt stiffer underfoot and out to the tip and tail with a softer torsional flex between the bindings. That helps give it a more stable feeling when riding and you still have a easy board to torsionally turn and it’s not too difficult to press/butter on the nose and tail. The Ride machete has lowrize rocker which is a flat between the bindings and then rockers out to lift the contact points. The best thing about lowrize is the rocker isn’t insane, it’s very mellow and no adjustment to ride.
Turning: The lowrize sidecut really makes for a smooth predictable turn and that’s what I like best about Ride, there’s no worries on how the board will make the ride on the mountain. It really handled long and short radius turns with ease, no catching on edge and the addition of carbon array to the board made it more stable in turns than I was expecting.
Stable: I took it down the typical run that every board during demos received and throughout the entire time felt solid on how it handled when I picked up speed and went through choppy/bumped areas. I didn’t feel any vibrations or chatter when riding the board.
Pop: Even though I was riding the 158cm for the machete which is on the bigger size for freestyle for me, I was still able to get some butter action in and ride park with some boxes where it didn’t catch at all. It was easy to play with on the dance box and had a really poppy nose/tail that made it fun to ollie on. When it came time to chop down trees, the lighter swing weight on the machete helped do some tree bonking.
Switch: Rides like a twin board with no change in switch riding and the sidecut is radial so stays the same for switch riding.
Overall Impression: I really like that Ride’s rocker is insane to adjust to, it’s a smooth transition to their lowrize rocker and every board that I’ve ridden from them requires no adjustment…you just get it and ride. The machete handled the entire mountain from carving to easy turns, park and just playing around.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The machete was middle of the road for me, I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. Definitely overall it was a solid ride but not sure I would ride it all the time as my own preference. It was stiffer than the Ride Crush I had ridden and definitely an all mountain freestyle board that could be ridden everywhere.
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Ride Machete description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.