The Machete has been a staple in Ride’s line up for years now. It fills that niche of all mountain freestyle twin that people seek out to enjoy their time on the snow. This is how it stacked up for 2015.
Board: Ride Machete
Camber Option: The LowRize. Nearly flat underfoot and past the inserts to minimal rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Fresh firm corduroy with sunny blue skies and brisk temps with a fair amount of wind.
Flex: This board ranks somewhere slightly above a park board middle of the road but below an all mountain middle of the road. There’s flex in the tips where the rocker is and then it stiffens up through the middle. Even the torsional flex is stiff and rebounds a lot when you twist the board.
Stability: Don’t let the flat to rocker profile fool you, this board is stable. That has to due with the abundance of carbon in this deck. You can ride through varying terrain and it just absorbs the chatter with ease.
Ollies: This board is built to pop. It reminds me of riding older Ride boards when they first invented pop rods along with all the various carbon arrays they were doing. You have two options for snap with this board load the tail and get the most or be lazy and initiate it at the last minute and still get snap.
Pop On Jumps: This board is super solid on jumps. It absorbs the tranny with ease and when the tail snaps off the lip you’re getting the boost you want. The stability of this board only adds to its ability to take on bigger jumps.
Butterability: There is a sweet spot right after the upkick in the tips that you have to hit to get the best butter, if you don’t then it’s going to be chore to get the most out of the board. The flex pattern really makes you work to butter and if you’re on the heavier side you can probably manipulate it but that’s not its strong suit.
Jibbing: The rocker in the tips really lets you get up on the board in a press as long as you keep your weight centered. The flex and carbon make it want to rebound out of presses. The best way to jib on this is keep it basic and go fast.
Carving: This board rolls on edge with ease. Going from toe to heel and back is as smooth as butter. When the board locks in for a hard carve you can flex the middle of the board to drive it through the arc and push all the force forward. There were times it did want to wash out when I wasn’t fully initiating the edge, this just makes it one of those sidecuts you have to stay on top of.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s spending equal amounts in the park as on the mountain and wants a board that can handle it all but doesn’t lend itself to one or the other.
Personal Thoughts: This board felt softer than in years past, but still not totally park focused in terms of flex. The sidecut is great for railing turns when you’re on point, but if you start to become lazy it just wants to wash out. The flex does hinder it being playful even when getting really out on the tips.
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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.