Ride steps up the Dh2 this year with lowrize rocker. Incorporating 4mm’s of a very subtle amount of rocker in the nose and tail. The Nitranes are an upgraded contraband with a slightly stiffer strap and the Wedge Beds.
Stance: 22.5 with the 2.5 degree wedge beds
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 168
Conditions: Sunny with clouds rolling in
Mindset: Jib Gnasty
Tunes: Judas Priest
Preconceived Notions: Rocker generally gives a slightly looser feel and i was told by my friend that the low rize makes the board not pop as well.
Flex: Little softer between the binding inserts slightly stiffer in the tips.
Stability: Compared to other rockers I didn’t notice any chatter in the tips. Felt fine for cruising around.
Ollies/Pop: Ollied pretty similar to this years DH 2
Butterability: The rocker does make it a bit easier to butter and the flex was super conducive for making the board bend the way I wanted it to.
Cruising: Edge to edge transitions were easy enough and riding groomers was fine, slightly choppy terrain was where I’d notice this board didn’t excell.
Jibbing: Its definitely more of a board designed for jumping but with the rocker it made pressing a lot easier.
Rider in Mind: Jump kid that still likes to jib. You can get away with riding this around the resort if need be.
Personal Thoughts: I really dug this board due to the amount of pop it had. They did mention the production ones might be a little stiffer between the feet.
Binding Compatibility: The bindings matched up well with the terrain I was riding for the day.
Binding Adjustability: This is not a demo friendly binding. It was fairly close to dialed in but I think the side on the toe could have been slightly tweaked a bit more to accomodate my boot.
Straps: The heel strap is beefier than the one on the Contraband which was my biggest gripe with those.
Highbacks: The new high back has a stiffer flex to it which is better for harder charging.
Binding Flex: Past a medium flex and the wedge beds add a lot of dampening.
Ratchets: The one ratchet I had to deal with worked fine with no problems releasing or locking down.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants an easy in easy out binding which can do it all.
Personal Thoughts: Had some pressure on my instep but I attribute that to them not being fully adjusted. I really liked riding with the canted bed that was really cool.