Snowboard Review: 11-12 Ride Farah
29 Mar, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Ride Farah with Ride Fame bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This board handles like a bigger size snowboard and gives women a fast aggressive ride like one.
Flex: The Farah is an aggressive women’s board with a stiffer flex especially underfoot, tad softer nose and tad softer torsional flex which helped drive the quick edge to edge response. Longitudinally stiffer that makes it really handle charging the mountain. The farah features the all new hybrid all mountain which is rocker in the nose and a micro camber zone extending under the feet and throughout the tail.
Turning: Really quick for responsive turns and the best turns on this board were long drawn out S turns because the turning was on lock, it felt so good on edge and carving down the mountain. Shorter turns were just as good with the quickness. Both turns had no problem holding an edge and staying smooth in carves.
Stable: Normally a 153 wouldn’t be that impressive on stability and control down the mountain but the farah felt like i was riding a a bigger board. Cut through some choppy crud, handled speed very well and gripped the snow conditions just fine.
Pop: Snappy and poppy making this board quick to pop and get good ollies with. Quite surprisingly actually since I was expecting a more freeride board that could charge but might not have the most pop. Some playfulness with the rocker in the nose but still an aggressive stiffer flex unless you are buttering the nose.
Switch: The farah is a directional with a slight setback stance, I found it could handle switch without too much adjustment other than being setback.
Overall Impression: The Farah is a quick and responsive women’s board for women wanting to go fast but also have a board that can keep up in a variety of conditions. It’s brand new this year for Ride.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I wasn’t sure what to expect with the farah but I’ve found another board to add to the aggressive women boards list. The farah and fame combo was on point together, they suited each other and charged together so well. It was the best board/binding combo of the demos.
On Snow Photo
Ride Farah description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.