The Buck Up is a board designed for Ride snowboarder Seb Toots. If you’ve ever seen how powerful he is whether in the streets or in the park you know this is a beefy deck. Here is how it stacked up for me in this review.
Board: Ride Buck Up
Camber Option: Hybrid Twin. Micro camber all the way out to just near the contact points then a very minimal rocker zone.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny spring conditions with soft heavy snow and warmer than average temps.
Flex: This board is at the stiffer end of the park spectrum, almost bordering on all mountain freestyle flex. With an emphasis on all mountain. The tips have a micro play zone which is softer then from there the board stiffens up substantially.
Stability: With having a stiffer flex and a more traditional camber profile this board is stable. Charging around the mountain you can cruise over anything in your path without worrying about how it will absorb the chatter or varying terrain.
Ollies: This board is meant to pop. Between the flex pattern, carbon array, Pop Walls, and camber profile. You can snap off any natural or man made feature and never have to worry about if you’re going to boost.
Pop On Jumps: This board is built for jumps and that should come as no surprise as Seb Toots is the rider giving the feedback on this deck. Hit the lip, load the tail, and send it to the sweet spot on the landing or further.
Butterability: If you don’t hit the micro rocker zone exactly this thing is a pain in the ass to butter. Between the flex pattern and traditional camber zone you have to work to get up on the tips to play around.
Jibbing: This board is built for a slopestyle rider. With that in mind there’s a unique sweet spot that make sit perfect for nose/tail slides that locks in real well. Tail and nose presses are actually a pain in the ass on this as the flex pattern is too much. The best way to jib on this board is come in as fast as possible and get off the feature the same way you got on it.
Carving: The sidecut grips OK. To center flex the board and really dig in you have to drive the back knee twice as hard to form the apex of your carves arc. Mild set up turns are just OK nothing that really stands out. Over all this isn’t a board you go out and want to rip turns on it’s just a board that will turn when you need it to.
Rider in Mind: Someone that is hitting slopestyle courses or big jump lines on the regular and not doing as much jibbing.
Personal Thoughts: I had a feeling when I was mounting up this board that it was going to be a more slopestyle oriented deck just from knowing Seb Toots was the rider they built this for. I was correct. While not a deck that I think the average park rider would enjoy the guy that’s sending it off big jump lines and huge rails would. This is a high end park deck meant for technical riders that use a lot of speed and finesse to get what they want out of the board.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Ride Snowboards marketing department. This was a pre-production model, there could be changes in the production model.