Board: Ride Shadowban
Camber Option: Directional Twin Standard Camber. More rocker in the nose than the tail with a ton of camber between.
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, cooler temps, sustained winds, ice, chop, chunder, and perfect hero snow.
Flex: This board just feels consistent from tip to tail with its flex. There’s some key flex points where the rocker zones hit the camber, but overall its so similar from the tip to tail. There’s a little bit of torsional flex but overall it seems somewhat rigid. Overall it’s a middle of the road flex.
Stability: This board is stable. It just dissipates kinetic energy underfoot and in the tips there’s next to no chatter. It’s damp yet lively but not overly reactive. This makes for just a smooth consistent ride.
Ollies: With this board having such an abundance of camber it’s got snap. You will feel the rebound from this board when you load up the camber section so prepare for that as it does take a little bit of effort to load it up. This is a slightly calculated pop engagement.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps whether small, medium, or large. It snaps off the lip and just gets you up in the air with ease or it can be laid back and let the lip throw you.
Butterability: With the bigger rocker section in the nose that’s the ideal spot to press this board and it locks in but has some rebound which will fight you. The tail locks in as well but has a smaller sweet spot so you have to be a bit more calculated with it.
Jibbing: A little speed and muscle goes a long way with locking this board into presses. It just wants to jib and lets you know it. When it’s locked into a press you feel the flex point kick in and you can sit on or over it while the camber section will rebound and pop you out of the end of the feature. Going sideways it slightly flexes around the feature and locks you in.
Carving: Now here’s where this board just shines. The sidecut just smoothly flows from edge to edge. It’s uncanny how well this board turns from right underfoot. You can just maximize your turns with very minimal effort. When you crank it up to speed and drive a hard carve it locks in and lets you lay it over without any worries or hesitation. This is one of the best turning boards in this category I’ve been on and it blew me away with how well it handles itself.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle guy that wants one board to do it all.
Personal Thoughts: Consistent. That’s the word I would use to describe this. From the flex, to how it turns, and how it engages its snap. It just feels like an old Ride DH2 so if you’ve ridden one of those decks you know what I’m talking about. This is possibly my new favorite board for 2023, within the first 400 feet on it I just knew this was the board for me and it did not disappoint.
Comparable Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Capita Indoor Survival, Rossignol One
Binding Recommendations: Ride C-6, Rome DOD, Now Select Pro