Board: Ride Helix
Camber Option: Asymmetric Twin Camber. Traditional camber with an asymmetrical sidecut.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, low wind, warmer temps, and perfect hero snow for carving.
Flex: The flex comes in at just past a middle of the road. Through the middle and to just past the insert packs it’s stiffer, then in the nose/tail it’s softer and more playful yet snappy. There isn’t an abundance of torsional give.
Stability: This board is really stable on groomers and mildly rutted out terrain. In highly rutted out terrain it does get bucked around just a little bit.
Ollies: To initiate the pop you have to be light on your feet. What I mean by saying that is instead of loading up the camber to boost you want to set it to snap right before you pop. Keeping you as the rider on your toes and light on your feet to snap. When you do pop though there is great snap and it wants to boost.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps. It snaps with ease and really lets you pop. Small to large jumps don’t sweat it.
Butterability: You have to really press into the tips to get the board up and into a butter, but once you do it locks in and provides you with the snap you need to pop out of it. My suggestion is go faster and over exaggerate your movements to get the ideal press.
Jibbing: This board is a bit to man handle on jibs so be prepared to work for that press you want. It does hug rails really well when board sliding though due to the traditional camber profile.
Carving: To really get it on edge you have to drive hard through the center of the board. Mellow turns aren’t as much work but the overall turn initiation isn’t as easy as other boards out there. Can you rail hard turns? Definitely, but much like the boards of yesteryear you have to work for it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a twin they can carve on and have to work a bit harder on to muscle around.
Personal Thoughts: It didn’t kill me this time by not engaging on edge. The board does take a bit more effort than others to get it to do what you want. The snap is there if you’re loading it up last minute.
Comparable Boards: Spring Break Twin, Smokin Awesymmetrical, Yes Greats
Check out the past reviews of the 2015 Helix.
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This board was loaned to us for review from the Ride Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*