The Ride DVA binding has been around for a while now and isn’t a bad binding for those that want an easy flexing free and easy binding.
Flex: The Urethane High back offers a really easy soft torsional flex but pulling it straight back feels more medium. We like the Urethane in the high back and it offers a nice balance between response and tweakability.
Adjustability: Ride does a great job with adjustability and offers up an easy binding to dial out to your boot.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable ride.
Heel-Toe Response: Not the most responsive edge to edge but it does well enough to even turn a moderate or maybe semi-challenging boards if you like a softer flex.
Tip-Tail Response: It’s just a metal plate around the normal size disc with the Ride DVA. There isn’t much going on the sides so it has mid level flex for butters and such. We’ve seen better but also much worse.
Boot Support: The 2014 DVA has a smaller ankle strap so there is a little less support but most might like the extra freedom of movement.
Ratchet System: Nothing over the top but at the same time nothing terrible either. The 2014 feels better than the 2013 but it’s still not perfect compared to some of their competitors.
Shock Absorption: Ride just an amazing job with canting and shock absorption. Their mid to higher end level bindings like the DVA do a great job reducing fatigue and combined with many of rides damp smooth boards you have a nice layer of protection below your feet.
2013 and Below Ride DVA
The Ride DVA is their mid to upper level all mountain freestyle binding that offers a very predictable and pretty comfortable ride. Ride also makes a little stiffer boards compared to most of the industry. Therefore the bindings from Ride are made to bend these boards so they will do a really good job with many other boards out there. If you were to compare we would say Ride is very similar to Rome when it comes to binding construction. Ride offers a little more padding and less board contact. Rome offers a fiberglass/plastic base plate with a metal middle section. Both are great bindings and in our opinion have too many parts. With many parts comes many chances of failure but still these bindings do a good job. The DVA’s ankle strap is also very comfortable and the toe strap does a good job weather over the toe or strapping over the top of your foot. It looks like the toe strap might break down over time but we can’t speak about that for certain. The Ride DVA Binding usually goes best with a mid to soft flexing board. For 2012 the DVA added a new high back but the rest is still the same. We like the new high back and feel that the Ride DVA is a very recommendable binding for any do anything rider with a soft to medium flexing board. The 2013 hasn’t changed much except for the high back. It’s god urethane in it to make for a more resilliant flex. It’s still a great binding like it was in 2012.
For 2012 the DVA added a new high back but the rest is still the same. We like the new high back and feel that the Ride DVA is a very recommendable binding for any do anything rider with a soft to medium flexing board. The 2013 hasn’t changed much except for the high back. It’s god urethane in it to make for a more resilliant flex. It’s still a great binding like it was in 2012.