Ride Snowboards 2011-2012

06 Jun, 2011


In 1992, Ride Snowboards started with four snowboard models.  Now twenty years later, they have grown their collection of boards, boots and bindings that stays true to their roots.  When it comes to designing snowboard gear, Ride focuses on innovation, quality and style.

For snowboards, Ride Snowboards offers the best of both worlds with their technology.  For 2012, they have a hybrid twin and hybrid all mountain shaping on the boards.  But they also offer a HighRize, ProRize and LowRize for those looking to ride with rocker.  And of course the traditional camber is in the line.  Snowboard technology features UL core, UL base, UL steel and hempbrain, cleave edge, membrain, pop rods, slimewalls and carbon array.

For binding technology, Ride focuses on bringing you superior technology to improve the ride.  Tech includes the eclipse highback, thin grip toe straps, pre-curved 3D ankle straps, infinity chassis, astroglyde ratchets, wedgie footbeds and the always fun contraband designs.

For boots, Ride uses a mix of lacing options like BOA and speed lace lock and introduces the Phy-Top less is more design.  Other perks include intuition liners, articulating cuff and strapper zonal lacing.

This is a sneak peak, not every model is shown in this write-up.

Ride Arcade UL

Providing primo response, pop and stability, this unique hybrid twin features micro-rocker in the tip and tail, and level micro-camber under the feet.   Features hybrid twin, centered stance, thin con, 85A slimewalls, pop rods 3.0, hempbrain, carbon array 5, silencer 5, UL core, UL steel, pop glass, UL base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=8.

Sizes:  151, 154, 155W, 157, 158W, 160

Ride DH2

Satisfying the constant search for a bigger high, the DH2 has got your fix.  Built with Ride’s new hybrid twin shape for a hook free Ride designed to slay features and stomp big landings.  Features thin con, hybrid twin shape, 85A slimewalls, pop rods 2.0, membrain, carbon array 5, hybrid glass, fushion 4000 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=7.

Sizes:  149, 152, 154W, 155, 157W, 158, 160, 161W

Ride Highlife UL

Offering premium rider-to-board connection, the Highlife UL showcases our brand new hybrid all mountain shape boasting a loose and playful rocker in the tip and the grippy stability of camber under foot and through the tail.  Features hybrid all mountain shape, 90A slimewalls, pop rods 3.0, silencer 5, carbon array 5/membrain, UL base, pop glass, UL steel, UL core, 2×4 inserts, 3/4 setback.  Flex=9.

Sizes:  155, 158, 159W, 161, 163W, 164, 167, 168W, 172W

Ride Berzerker

Designed with and for pro big mountain shredder Jake Blauvelt, the new Berzerker is ideal  for the ultimate hard charging experience and blissful days of soul riding, offering all-time versatility and superior response.  Features Hybrid all mountain shape, 90A slimewalls, Pop Rods 2.0, Carbon Array 3, Hybrid Glass, Fusion 4000 base, 2×4 inserts, 3/4 setback.  Flex=7.

Sizes:  155, 158, 159W, 161, 162W, 164, 165W, 167, 168W

Ride Buckwild

Designed for park riders hitting it hard and pushing the limits, our ProRize twin shape has minimal rocker with a long, stable flat zone that extends well beyond the inserts into the tip and tail.  Features thin con, ProRize rocker, 85A slimewalls, carbon array 3, pop rods 2.0, cleave edge, hybrid glass, fusion 4000 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=6.

Sizes:  151, 153, 155, 156W, 157, 159, 59W, 161, 162W

Ride Crush

Packed with gifts that keep on giving, the buttery fun Crush combines Ride’s LowRize shape with 85A slimewalls for a hook-free, super smootheRide.  Features thin con, 85A slimewalls, membrain, LowRize rocker, foundation tuned core, cleave edge, biaxial glass, fusion 1500 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=3.

Sizes:  147, 152, 153W, 155, 156W, 158, 159W

Ride Slackcountry

This ultra light board features our HighRize shape built with a slightly higher rocker in the front than the tail and maintains a loose feel that retains response.  Features thin con, 90A slimewalls, hempbrain, HighRize rocker, carbon array 7, silencer 7, UL core, pop glass, linear carbon, UL steel, UL base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=8.

Sizes:  157, 161, 164, 168

Ride Farah

This directional board features our new hybrid all mountain shape with a surfy, effortless full rocker profile in the nose and camber’s responsive grip through the remainder of the ride.  Features thin con, hybrid all mountain shape, 90A slimewalls, membrain top sheet, carbon array 5, LSD pop rods 2.0, hybrid glass, fusion 4000 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=7.

Sizes:  140, 144, 147, 150, 153

Ride OMG (Women’s)

Combining the surfy feel of rocker in the tip and tail with the hard charging pop you get from traditional camber under foot, this hybrid twin offers the max in versatility and stability.  Features thin con, hybrid twin shape, LSD pop rods 1.0, 85A slimewalls, carbon array 3, cleave edge, hybrid glass, fusion 4000 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=8.

Sizes:  140, 144, 147, 150, 153

Ride Compact

Get hook-free control and a super smooth feel with the combination of Ride’s LowRize rocker shape and proven 85A slimewalls.  Features thin con, 85A slimewalls, LowRize rocker, foundation tuned core, cleave edge, biaxial glass, fusion 1500 base, 2×4 inserts.  Flex=5.

Sizes:  139, 143, 147, 150, 153

L-R:  Ride Rapture, Compact, Promise, OMG, Farah

Ride Ill Eagle Contraband

The Ill Eagle combines Ride’s revolutionary V-grip strap with single ratchet technology and lightweight chassis to provide the performance you need with the tweakability only contrabands can offer.  Features contraband chassis system with adjustable heelcup, freeflex highback, balance core ankle strap with V-grip strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed with smooth ride landing pads, urethane rollbar basepad, ultralite ratchets, forged aluminum response disc.  Sizes:  M, L, XL.

Colors:  Yellow (seen here), Black

Ride Optimo Contraband

This first-rate Contraband binder packs a freestyle punch, followed by a roundhouse kick of flex.  Features infinity CB chassis system with adjustable heelcup, stealth highback, freestyle core ankle strap with aero-grip V-strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed with smooth ride  landing pads, urethane rollbar basepad, astroglyde ratchets, forged aluminum mico-disc.  Sizes:  M, L, XL.

Colors:  Black (seen here), Pink

Ride  Capo

The new Capo is packed with the latest techs including the new freestyle ankle strap, infinity chassis and eclipse highback for top of the line all mountain freestyle performance.  Features infinity chassic system with adjustable heelcup, eclipse highback, freestyle ankle strap, 3D thin grip toe strap, wedge 2.5 footbed with landing pads, urethane rollbar basepad, astroglyde ratchets, forged aluminum micro-disc.  Sizes:  M, L, XL.

Ride Maestro

Show off your supreme riding skills with the freestyle Maestro featuring the new flexible and easy to adjust infinity chassis, wedge 2.5 and 4.0 footbeds.  Featuring infinity chassis system with adjustable heelcup, stealth RS highback, thinflex membrain ankle strap, 3D thingrip toe strap, wedge 4.0 footbeds with landing pads, plus wedge 2.5 in the box, urethane rollbar basepad, astroglyde ratchets, forged aluminum micro-disc.  Sizes:  M, L, XL.

Colors:  Black (seen here), Yellow

Ride Rodeo

Core mobility and premium flexibility for jib time enjoyment and freestyle action.  Features infinity chassis with adjustable heelcup,  stealth highback, freestyle core ankle strap, 3D thin grip toe strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed, EVA basepad, astroglyde ratchets, forged aluminum mico-disc.  Sizes:  M, L, XL.

Colors:  Chrome, Orange, Black, Seafoam

Ride Fame (Women’s)

Ideal for the advanced freestyle ladies, the new Fame is a high performance binding that features our new lightweight and flexie infinity chassis, new slingback highback and newly designed 3D thin grip toe strap.  Features infinity chassis system, slingback highback, balance core ankle strap, 3D thin grip toe strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed, EVA basepad, astroglyde ratchets, forged aluminum micro-discs.  Sizes:  Women’s small, women’s medium.

Colors:  Coral (seen here), Black

Ride Bandita Contraband (Women’s)

Ladies, the Bandita is hot.  Not hot like bought out of the back of a van hot but a hot design for your riding pleasure.  Built for freestyle ladies ready to rip.  Features Contraband chassis system, slingback highback, balance core ankle strap with V-grip strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed, urethane rollbar basepad, ultalite ratchets, forged aluminum response disc.  Sizes:  W’s small, W’s medium.

Colors:  Purple (seen here), Black

Ride DVA (Women’s)

Lightweight performance built for the femme pushing her limits wherever the mountain may take her.  Features foundation chassis system, slingback highback, balance core ankle strap, thingrip  toe strap, wedgie 2.5 footbed, EVA basepad, ultralite ratchets, forged aluminum response.  Sizes:  women’s small, women’s medium.

Colors:  White, Black

Ride Strapper Keeper

A boot designed to feel more like a skate shoe, the Strapper Keeper is compact, light and flexie, with a unique sneaker style.  Features intuition mobile foam liner technology with aegis antimicrobial coating, thermo-formable internal and external J bars, 3D formed dual density EVA insole, cut and buff with EVA midsole, lock down with secure fit harness, strapper zonal lacing with velcra cuff wrap, traditional lacing compatible.

Sizes:  US Men’s 7-13 (8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5)

Colors:  Yellow (seen here), Black

Ride Hi-Phy

Crafted with Ride’s durable minimalist construction, Phy-Top, the new hi-Phy offers a superior fit for the next generation rider leading the freestyle all mountain charge.  Features intuition mobile foam liner technology with aegis antimicrobial coating, cored ankle pockets, thermo-formable internal and external J bars, impacto insole, Phy-top unibody sole, lock down with Phy-Top integrated harness, BOA coiler lacing system with the closer lace guide, Phy-Top construction, articulating cuff, 3D formed tongue.

Sizes:  US Men’s 7-13 (8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5)

Colors:  Black, Lime (seen here)

Ride Cadence Focus BOA

The first-class cadence now features the BOA focus lacing system with dual coilers and the closer lace guide for a precisely perfect fit.  Features intuition mobile foam liner technology with aegis antimicrobial coating, cored ankle pockets, thermo-formable internal and external J bars, impacto insole, blown light meta with gelpod impact heel and ice picks, lock down with transition wrap harness, BOA focus lacing system with the closer, floating BOA cable guides, 3D formed tongue.

Sizes:  US Women’s 5-10 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5)

Ride Locket (Women’s)

A boot designed to master freestyle maneuvers, the new locket is compact, light and flexie, with a unique sneaker style. Features  intuition mobile foam liner technology with aegis antimicrobial coating, thermo-formable internal and external J bars, 3D formed dual density EVA insole, jade sole with internal EVA midsole, lock down with secure fit harness, strapper zonal lacing with velcro cuff wrap.

Sizes:  US Women’s 5-10 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5)

Colors:  Black Denim Dot, Purple (seen here)

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13 Comments

  1. Francis
    June 06, 2011

    I like the evolution of Ride Snowboard… bindings to the board… looks good!

  2. j
    June 06, 2011

    Useless fact: I actually bought some Ride stock in college. That sucked. Had I put that same money in Microsoft I’d be sitting on…um…I’m not real sure, but it’d be more than the zero the Ride stock is worth.

  3. Francis
    June 06, 2011

    Hi J,
    I am agree… did not think about Ride public stock market when I said evolution of the Ride gear… For sure snowboarding has been very competitive since I fallow that industry (10 years ago…) But Ride in 2 and 3 years did good stuff in my opinion… bindings (Weedgy footbeds, mini disc so on…) I test the Highlife 158cm 2011 and I was impress… I imagine now with some camber in 2012… Should be good as well as the Arcade UL… but for stock market for sure there is better company than Ride. 😉

  4. Grill
    June 09, 2011

    You should have had a payout when they were bought by Jarden…

    I’ve had an Arcade UL since March. The pop on it is ridiculous. I thought my DH2.x was popping big… no comparison. The Arcade is pretty stiff, stiffer than the old Society, but it’s so quick and scares me with how big it goes even on small rollers. I got ride of my DH2.4/5 after I got it as it does overlap quite a bit.

  5. Francis
    June 09, 2011

    Hi Grill
    Good to hear that … Because I had a dilemma between Highlife or Arcade for Ride 2012…
    What size you will suggest for fun and big mountain situation in Arcade 157 or 160?
    a Sizing that will compete againt Highlife 158 or 161…
    I am 5’10” 175lbs… Boots 9US and like to go fast out of bound (I do no park) but I do like to play and Glades… Thanks

  6. Grill
    June 09, 2011

    Go with the Highlife UL or the Berzerker. If you don’t do any park or pipe then you won’t gain anything with the Arcade and you lose float and stability in the backcountry (noticeable difference in chatter between 85A and 90A sidewalls). You can go either size, but if I were in your shoes I’d go for the 161 for added stability at speed.

  7. Francis
    June 10, 2011

    Thanks Grill,
    Make senses a lot and confirm what I was thinking too regarding Ride Gear 😉
    Of course there is a lot more others company to look at for 2012… But I know Higlife UL 161 is a machine for sure 😉 Like Yes pick your line 161 or even Rossi Experience 163 or Jones to names theses…

  8. Grill
    June 10, 2011

    Don’t bother with the Experience. It’s not nearly as reactive as the Ride boards due to the sidecut and I find it pops dead. I haven’t ridden the Yes yet, but out here we go through them like hotcakes (4 boards a season is about the norm). Nidecker build is something I’m not convinced about. I don’t really want to blame it on poor standards at their Tunisian plant, but the skis that come out of their Swiss fab are generally solid.

  9. Francis
    June 10, 2011

    Good to know Grill,
    The things here in my short selection, is that, I am a huge fan of magne traction or at least something that grip solid on ice… (Since I am base in the Icy East Coast, Montreal)
    Right now I do have Lib Lando 160, 2008… Very fun board with mag… But need a better base and true construction is important…And the cosmetic on Lib is not as tough as others… but fun board…
    My test of the Ride Highlife 158cm 2011 was pretty good at Mont Tremblant… but at the time the slope was not too icy… I am just afraid that on Icy days, the Highlife will not be as good as (here a second selection) : NS Raptor 159 or F1 159 (vario grip should be good), Arbor Coda 158 or 161 (Quick Grip should be not bad too), Dark Series 161 or Smokin KT-22, 159 compare too Ride Highlife 161?

  10. Grill
    June 10, 2011

    If your requirements are edge hold + solid construction + stability at speed then that will = NS Raptor or F1.

    I’d go F1 if you’re not always balls out and enjoy the occasional cruise.

  11. Francis
    June 10, 2011

    Yep… F1 seems and still look as a good classic Freeride for my style.. thanks Grill…
    plus I think is bit cheaper than the Raptor, but both look nice. Plus I saw on youtube that the Mountain deco picture of NS F1, 2012 is from Canadian Rockies (Alberta) 😉 a good year for me I guess since I went there too 😉

  12. Francis
    June 10, 2011

    Grill,
    One last opinion of you please: What do you think of the NS Heritage 160 vs Arcade UL 160?

  13. Francis
    June 17, 2011

    Hey by the way, just saw that Ride Snowboard website is allready live with somes stuff of 2012 …. wow pretty fast on June… an other good marketing from Ride 😉