Board: Ride Zero
Camber Option: Twin Hybrid Rocker. Camrocker with a little more rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, ice, chunder, death cookies, and slush. Basic early season conditions.
Flex: Right out of the wrapper this board will seem a bit stiffer than middle of the road, once you crack the fiberglass and ride it a few laps it breaks in and goes to a predictable middle of the road flex that feels like a board you’ve ridden a hundred times. You have slightly softer tips that is amplified by the rocker section and then a stiffer middle section where the camber is. The torsional flex is there but not overly abundant to the point you’re twisting this board and causing it to be hooky.
Stability: This board is super stable under foot. You do get chatter in the tips at high speeds and really rutted out terrain, that’s inevitable, but the ride under foot is smoother and stable for the most part unless you drill into some really hard crap snow.
Ollies: There is a ton of pop in this board. I mean a ton. Ride boards are kind of known for this and the Zero is no exception. You do have to load up the camber zone which activates the rocker zone and gives you that snap. When it’s engaged expect to pop higher and go further than you thought. This board wants to get you into the air.
Pop On Jumps: While the jump selection was limited I can say what I was able to hit this board popped well. It just amplifies what the lip is able to do and get you into the air. Don’t worry about how this board handles on jumps of any size.
Butterability: There’s a sweet spot in the tips that you have to find to perfectly lock in. When you do you can leverage your weight on it to hold however long you want and then get the camber section to springboard you. If you don’t find this sweet spot you’re going to have some soggy butters and look like lame ass YouTube Vloggers. Don’t look like lame ass YouTube Vloggers.
Jibbing: This board takes a little more effort to muscle into a press and that’s fine. It means when you do lock in you’re locked in and will have ample pop to snap out of the end of a feature. Going sideways the camber section holds you on the feature without clapping out or even feeling like it’s overly flexing.
Carving: Now here’s where this sidecut shines. That asymmetrical sidecut really lets you lay the heelside over when you need to and the new Slim Walls give even more refined grip. The camber profile and flex make it so you transition from edge to edge underfoot more but you can still drive out at the tips when you need to. Whether you’re doing a slow long drawn out carve or a tight quick ripping one, it has you covered.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused asymmetrical loving all mountain rider.
Personal Thoughts: There’s something about hopping on a Ride board that’s dialed that just lets you know you are going to have a good time. This is one of those decks. The sidecut just grips and rips, the flex while it does need to break in a bit becomes predictable and lets you charge or be laid back as needed. The camber profile coupled with the carbon array in this board gives ample snap and has you boosting off everything in sight.
Comparable Boards: Gnu Riders Choice C3, Yes Jackpot, Capita Indoor Survival
Binding Recommendations: Ride C-8, Rome DOD, Bent Metal Transfer