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
On Snow Feel Locked In Speed Excellent Flex Stiff Jibbing Excellent
Semi-Catchy Great Medium/Stiff Great
Stable Good Medium Good
Semi-Stable Average Soft Average
Loose Poor Noodle Poor
               
Powder Excellent Uneven Terrain Excellent Carving Excellent Pipe Excellent
Great Great Great Great
Good Good Good Good
Average Average Average Average
Poor Poor Poor Poor
               
Turn Initiation Very Easy Edge Hold Icy to Med Switch Excellent Jumps Excellent
Easy Hard to Soft Great Great
Moderate Med to Soft Good Good
Semi-Challenging Mostly Soft Average Average
Challenging Soft Only Poor Poor

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’m removing this from the “How It Rides” section but it is still on the page above the summary.

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. 

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.

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.

Edge Hold- How well does your board hold its edge in all types of snow conditions? For example Icy to Medium means that it’s going to be excellent in icy conditions but in softer conditions it can be a little grabby and not as fun.  Right now most snowboards that have this excellent grip in the snow aren’t as much fun in softer conditions but if this changes I’ll change the rating.  For most people that don’t mainly ride in Hard to Icy conditions the rating of Hard to Soft is pretty much the best one.  The edge hold can hang in there when it gets hard but still doesn’t grab any more than boards with less edge hold in soft conditions. Med to Soft isn’t terrible in hard conditions but you loose your edge more.  Mostly soft means it’s not fun at all in harder conditions and you can even loose your edge hold in medium conditions so it’s best going out only when the conditions are good like powder or soft well groomed days. Some people like these boards because they can slide better on rails/boxes and other jibs in the park. Same goes for Soft Only but it’s really not good for anyone who wants to use their edges to turn. 

Flex- How does the board bend when you are flexing it edge to edge and length wise. 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. 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.  When you take them off the race track they usually go into a trailer for the ride home.  If you drive it home 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 or get up a small ramp in a parking lot. Some really stiff fast boards can be just like this when it comes to bumpy terrain.

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. Some people ride only when its good but many don’t have that luxury.  They want to know how the board will handle when you have to slow down for bumps, rutted up groomers, and other rough terrain. 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 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.

Carving- We usually lump this into turn initiation in our “review” but it is something unique to turning. A lot of people think that edge hold is all that matters when it comes to a carve and that isn’t true. The main components are how does it hold in a carve and then how does it return that energy you to put into flexing that board into that carve. Does it spring out of the carve or just hold it’s edge?  If the board’s primary contact points give out (washes out) in a carve it’s not going to be a good carving board.  If the board doesn’t spring out of a turn it’s not going to be as fun either.  So how the bend in the board springs you out of the turn is the most important and then Edge hold on that carve follows after. That’s how we see it so when you look to carving it’s more about how the camber profile springs out of the turn since true hard carving is mainly for good conditions any way.

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.

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?

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.