Board: Ride Helix
Camber Option: Twin Hybrid Camber. Traditional camber with a minimal rocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Early morning spring laps with firm snow, fast corduroy, cooler temps, bluebird skies and no wind.
Flex: STIFF. This thing while a little softer than years past is still STIFF! You do have a bit more play in the tip and the tail, but the sweet spot is so far out there. Torsionally there’s little to no play in it. Overall this board comes in on the stiffer side of freestyle bordering on low end freeride.
Stability: Well on a plus side this board is stable. You don’t really feel anything underfoot unless you plow into an ice boulder at full speed. There’s next to no flap in the tips and what could be considered chatter is just dissipated before it even gets close to the binding inserts.
Ollies: You have to aggressively load this board up to get it to pop. There’s no being lax on this deck at all. The rebound is there but it’s not mind blowing. This board makes you work for it.
Pop On Jumps: It gets the job done and this board is fully suited for being in the air. The stiffer flex and aggressive camber profile mean you want to go fast and hit the big line, nothing else.
Butterability: Fuck that. It takes so much work and you’re just fighting the board the whole time. Granted the flex point in the tips is softer than in previous years so it’s just a tad bit easier to engage, but that sweet spot is so far out there that you’ll have your weight all the way over the tips and just be muscling it around.
Jibbing: Speed is the key. Go faster than you think, press harder than you need, and be prepared for it to fight you. If you’re a slopestyle rider, this is probably the board for you, if you’re a jib kid don’t skip leg day at the gym.
Carving: This is where this board just shines, but there’s a caveat. You need to be going fast. If you’re remotely going slow this board is so twitchy it feels like it’s going to hook up and kill you. But the second you get cruising it transitions from edge to edge smoothly, it locks in to carves and drives aggressively, and it just plows through anything in its path. This is a board for high speed aggressive turning or carving.
Rider in Mind: Tree trunk legged freestyle rider who likes big jumps.
Personal Thoughts: I hate this board. I will probably never like this board. But the sidecut is awesome and that’s its one redeeming characteristic. If this sidecut was on the new Algorithm I would be the happiest man on earth. As it stands this board is too stiff torsionally to drive it the way you should so you’re left just hauling ass 24/7 in order to not hook up and die. Ride if you’re reading this, put this sidecut on the new Algorithm, it’s that good, but the flex is poop.
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