About The Good Ride Snowboard Reviews

How We Review The Gear

Nothing is better than trying gear your self but if you can’t we are here for you and this is how we review Snowboard gear. We go to on snow demo’s and also borrow gear for extended periods of time. Most of the videos you see are from the On Snow Demo’s but most of the time we get additional days on the gear you see us talking about. Some people think there is a stock pile of gear here but we give all boards and binding back that we review. Sometimes companies don’t want boots or clothing back after we stunk it up so we keep that. We don’t want to be influenced by free gear and we only ask for gear that makes our favorite lists

Remember this isn’t an exact science but just a general guideline so you can get an idea of what might work best for you.

HOW IT RIDES
This rating sytem isn’t really about good or bad but more about what you prefer. Its not an exact science but just a general guideline.
On Snow Feel Loose Turn Initiation Very Easy Flex Stiff Edge Hold Soft Snow
Semi-Stable Easy Medium/Stiff Med/Soft Snow
Stable Moderate Medium Medium Snow
Semi-Catchy Semi Challenging Soft Hard Snow
Locked In Challenging Noodle Ice
These are more rated from poor to excellent but the ratings are not an exact science.  It’s just a general guideline based on our time on the board.
Powder Excellent Speed Excellent Switch Excellent Jibbing Excellent
Great Great Great Great
Good Good Good Good
Average Average Average Average
Poor Poor Poor Poor
Carving Excellent Uneven Terrain Excellent Jumps Excellent Pipe Excellent
Great Great Great Great
Good Good Good Good
Average Average Average Average
Poor Poor Poor Poor

The Addition of the 3/4 Snow Flake Rating- Starting Summer 2014 there is a 3/4 Snow Flake rating.  For example if you see 2 3/4 Snow Flakes it means its Average bordering on Good.

Powder- How well does the board ride in the fun stuff? This is rated mainly on the boards ability to float and how much it reduces rear leg burn. So this rating is really important for those that ride in thicker snow like you find in Tahoe, Baker or Whistler but it gets less important if you ride in light fluffy snow like you find in Colorado or Utah. We mainly ride these boards in some of the thickest pow out there so if we say it floats here it floats everywhere.

On Snow Feel- This is to determine the general personality of the board between the feet when riding around the mountain and park. One rating isn’t better than the other but instead it’s more about personal preference.  Loose means it doesn’t track well on snow when one footing or flat basing at any speed but it’s very catch free and really fun to butter/press. Semi-Stable means it can feel stable on softer snow but in harder snow it can start to feel loose between the feet. Stable feels stable between the feet at all times but isn’t very catchy. Semi-Catchy means it’s stable but can be catchy in certain situations if you aren’t careful so its usually more for more technical riders. Locked In means it feels like the board is on a rail and you have to be a very technical rider because it’s pretty easy to catch an edge if you aren’t on your game. 

Turn Initiation- How fast and easy does your board turn? Can you transition from edge to edge easy by skidding your turns or does the board require you to be more technical and require better turn initiation. Most beginners want simple to easy turn initiation but it’s up to your riding style after you hit the intermediate to expert stage. Lot’s of people have different preferences when it comes to short, medium and wide radius turns so we just say how easy it is to do them in the rating. 

Carving- Carving to us is something unique to turning. We see carving is laying hard into a turn in an attempt to bring your body almost parallel to the snow. It looks more like a surfer making a bottom turn on a big wave. The rail is buried in the snow and most of the base is visible on the turn. A lot of people think that edge hold is all that matters when it comes to a carve and that isn’t true. What is more important is how the board holds in the carve and if it springs out of a turn.  Many boards can hold a carve but some offer little to no spring out of the turn which is the funnest part of carving.

Edge Hold- How well does your board hold its edge in all types of snow conditions? The rating here is from “Icy” to “Soft Snow”.  Lesser edge hold is better for jibbing and the rating “Icy” is pretty much self explanatory.  The only thing to look further into on the “Icy” is sometimes boards that excel in ice can also be a little grabby in softer snow.  It’s not always the case so make sure you read into the in depth review on edge hold.  

Flex- How does the board bend in the center and tip/tail. Is it easy to butter or press?

Speed- Does the board ride well at high speeds?  Is it damp and stable when you pick up speed or does it chatter or feel squirrely like a skate board with loose trucks.  Also how well does the board hold it’s speed in the flats.

Uneven Terrain- Often times Speed and a stiff flex comes at a price and this is why I created this category to help you understand how a board handles less than ideal conditions. Often times speed comes at a price.  Think of a super fast board as like a race car.  Race cars are usually meant for perfect tracks and have very stiff shocks.  If you drive it home from the track it’s a pretty rough ride.  You have seen those too fast too furious cars have a shitty time trying to get over a 4 inch speed bump in a parking lot. Some really stiff fast boards can be just like this when it comes to bumpy terrain. They are amazing in perfectly groomed snow and fresh powder but take them into some bumpy snow and it feels like the board is trying to punish you. Some people ride only when its good but many don’t have that luxury. Boards that handle Uneven Terrain well are often like the soft riding SUV’s or Cross Over’s you see on the road today. Their lifted frame and soft shocks are awesome with parking lot speed bumps or handling a rough road but suck when it’s time to pick up speed or power through a high speed turn. 

Switch- Does your board ride well with either the nose or tail forward?  Can it turn well and does the tip and tail flex the same on a butter/press.

Jumps- How well does a board ollie, hit small jumps, medium jumps and big jumps? Is it easy to spin and even more importantly how does it land.

Jibbing- Can the board handle an extra beating to the base and rails? Will you feel comfortable on rails, boxes and other features in the park?

Pipe- How comfortable does it feel climbing the pipe walls to get you into the air, and more importantly, how easy is it to come back down? Does it drive well from wall to wall when you are in the flats?  Is there sufficient edge hold to feel comfortable in an icy pipe wall.

Approximate Weight- This is probably the least important category and the only time it’s truly important is if you have knee or ankle issues because you would probably prefer a lighter board on the chair.  Because I can’t weigh these boards and the manufacturers don’t really care much about the weight unless it’s their ultralight model I can’t give you an accurate rating here any way. I know that many of you like to know the weight so I will let you know if it feels heavy, feels normal or feels light. I’ve removed this from the “How It Rides” section but it is still on the page above the summary.  Just remember going ultra light usually comes at a price.  Ultralight boards often don’t feel as stiff or don’t have the durability as boards that are a little heavier.