Board: Ride Machete
Camber Option: The LowRize. Nearly flat underfoot and past the inserts to minimal rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1DB Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Fresh firm corduroy, sunny skies, and brisk temperatures.
Flex: The area with the most flex is in the tips where the rocker is located and then it stiffens up through the middle. There’s also a fair bit of torsional rebound due to the stiffer flex.
Stability: This board is stable. That has to due with the all the carbon. You can ride through varying terrain and it just absorbs the chatter with ease.
Ollies: This board is built to ollie. You have two options for snap with this board, load the tail and get the most out of it, or be lazy and initiate it at the last minute like you would on a skateboard.
Pop On Jumps: The stability of this board only adds to its ability to take on bigger jumps. Never fear a medium to large jump on this deck.
Butterability: The flex pattern really makes you work to butter the muffin. By and large though this board can butter if you hit the sweet spot right at the rocker zone.
Jibbing: The best way to jib on this is keep it basic and go fast. The flex and carbon make it want to rebound out of presses. Just keep your weight centered over the board and you will be golden.
Carving: Short tight turns are not a problem, nor are long drawn out carves. This board wants to turn and turn hard. Railing turns is super fun as you can drive the center of the board through the arc.
Rider in Mind: The consummate all mountain freestyle rider that will dabble in the park as well as go ride through some trees and rip some turns on some groomers.
Personal Thoughts: The Machete is a versatile weapon and reminiscent of the time when Ride introduced Pop Rods to their decks. The snap and rebound is amazing in this board.
Comparable Boards: Salomon Craft, Rossignol Jibsaw, Rome Buckshot
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This board was loaned to us for review from Ride Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2016 review over for it.