Board: Ride Machete GT
Camber Option: Twin Hybrid Rocker
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, 6 inches of fresh spring snow, slightly warmer temps, and a bit of wind.
Flex: Coming in at just past a middle of the road flex here’s what you can expect. Every so slightly softer tips, stiffer under foot and through the middle section, and then not a lot of torsional give.
Stability: This board is dead which makes it feel like you’re riding over a garden hose with a flat tire. Sure it will go over variable terrain but don’t expect it to want to have any snap.
Ollies: The pops there if you really initiate it and I mean REALLY initiate it. I found that I spent twice as much effort as other boards trying to get this board to boost. Will it snap? Yes, is it good at it? No.
Pop On Jumps: While not having the most snap it got the job done.
Butterability: If you like working for it this is the deck for you. Fighting the flex and traditional camber mid section to get it to load and unload was a chore. Presses were minimal and often times better suited for doing at high speeds.
Jibbing: Much like buttering it takes a lot to get it done. Seriously fuck this board on rails.
Carving: The sidecut engages as you would except it to and will hold an edge. It carves alright but doesn’t have that huge wow factor or ability to rip and grip like other boards.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a snowboard that has camber and rocker that will go down the hill.
Personal Thoughts: Just kill this deck already Ride. It sucks. This is a board left over from an older regime that was managing the company and it doesn’t fit with what needs to be in the lineup. Seriously fuck this board.
Check out the past reviews of the 2014 Machete GT.
Comparable Boards: Lago Double Barrel, Rossignol Angus, Yes Typo
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This board was loaned to us for review from Ride Snowboards marketing department.