Ride could possibly be one of the most misunderstood snowboard brands right now in the snowboard world. They make some boards with a lot of crazy tech in it like the Highlife UL, but then the marketing just seems to not match up. Here’s what the Highlife UL has going for 2014.
Board: Ride Highlife UL
Camber Option: Hybrid all mountain. Rocker in the nose then traditional camber all the way through the tail.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny and blue skies with a slight mix of clouds, fresh firm corduroy, and some wind. Over all the snow was super fast and deadly if you were not paying attention.
Flex: Total directional flex. Softer nose, stiffening up under the front insert pack, getting stiffer as you get towards the back insert pack, and finally being mega stiff in the tail. There’s very little torsional give.
Stability: I hope you like feeling micro vibrations because this board does not dampen anything. There’s something about the way this deck is built that makes it lively and not damp but still stable in regards to not being folded by hard push mounds.
Ollies/Pop: The snap is hard to initiate and the rebound out is very minimal. You have to work for it.
Butterability: Well rocker in the nose is fun for playing around with but over all this board is meant to go straight and turn.
Carving: You have to work hard to get this on edge due to the flex. The arc of the carve is never abrupt on edge it’s more long and drawn out. Hard sharp carves are a pain in the ass to make happen.
Rider in Mind: The guy that loves to freeride and still wants a board that’s predominately camber.
Personal Thoughts: This board had everything in its favor for conditions and still was a chore to ride. Laying carves just took so much effort, more so than other boards in the same category. The rocker in the nose is nice for getting over hard choppy terrain but that’s about all this board has for a saving grace.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Ride Snowboards Rockies rep.