I really just wanted to ride the Crush with the Alphas but the size I wanted was out. So I was recommended the Prophet. This year marks the return of a staple to Rides line up. So I figured I’d give it a whirl.
Board: Ride Prophet
Bindings: Ride Alphas size medium
Angles:18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Snowing, cold, and blustery
Mindset: Score got the bindings I wanted to try out.
Preconceived Notions: I remember the old prophets being directional pipe boards. You used to be able to boost with them. That heel strap looks like there’s nothing to it.
Flex: Surprisingly soft compared to how its rated. I could feel the snow underneath the board and it was playful and lively.
Stability: Charging was doable but I could still feel the variations in the snow underneath my feet. It just wasn’t as damp as I figured it would be.
Ollies/Pop: You could pop this thing easily enough. Throwing spins off the edges was easy enough.
Butterability: This was where I really liked this board it was super buttery. I’m talking a hot knife through butter here. It was a lot of fun trying all the variations of butters.
Cruising: It was stable on edge and had fairly decent hold which surprised me since some Rides I just have issues with it getting to grip.
Jibbing: The flex and the butterability made this thing great for jibbing. It locked on to presses and was pretty solid just messing around.
Rider in Mind: I’m honestly not to sure about this one. Maybe someone that wants to feel the snow variations but still be able to butter. Solid intermediate level rider for sure.
Personal Thoughts: Surprised me as it wasn’t like the old prophets which were half pipe slayers.
Binding Compatibility: Ride binding on a ride board easily compatible.
Binding Adjustability: All the staples of the Ride line here which was great for quick adjustments.
Straps: This is where it threw me through a loop. I was figuring the lack of padding in the heel strap would destroy me. But it was the opposite I didn’t get any pressure points and it wrapped around my boot perfectly. The lack of materials allowed it to freely flex with my boot providing optimal power transmission. I do love the slim caps ride makes. Those things grip so well.
Highbacks: The highback flex to me was similar to my formulas so I liked that.
Binding Flex: Aluminum is a bit too rigid for me in the base and doesn’t give the flex I’d like.
Ratchets: Locked, cocked, and ready to rock. These things go down fast like a 5 dollar hooker.
Rider in Mind: This heel strap is for people like me that usually get hot spots or pressure points. I could see it being marketed towards the jib kid that wants a light weight binding but you could ride this anywhere.
Personal Thoughts: I’m stoked on the strap I had my reservations about it but after riding it I think its solid as hell.