The Ride Farah is the closest Women’s boards will come to the Ultra Light series that Ride offers for Men. Well that is at least how we see it. So the Farah has rocker starting at the front binding and camber starting behind the front binding and running to the tail. The camber is very minimal and looking at this board from a distance it looks almost like a flat/rocker board. Still we like to see a little camber in there. The Farah is a good board for the rider that lives to bomb groomers, ride powder and doesn’t ride in hard to icy conditions.
Many hybrid camber boards with a directional rocker shape have a much shorter camber between the feet but this has a long camber starting at the front binding and running almost to the tail. The Farah also has a good bit of rocker on the nose end. It’s definitely unique so here is our take on how it rides.
On Snow Feel: We found the Farah to be a fast solid ride the mountain kind of board. It was damp, stable between the feet and predictable. If you like to go straight and fast but also like to get a good directional float in powder the Farah could be a great choice.
Powder: This is definitely one of the best qualities this board has and we didn’t get a chance to ride this in any powder. You can tell by the rocker in the nose, the decent set back and the larger sizes that this will be borderline excellent when it comes to powder. It’s one of those boards that many riders will really enjoy in powder and would challange us on our rating of Good calling it excellent.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Farah is decent edge to edge for it’s medium/stiff flex. It starts to give you a little more fun when you widen out the turn. The extra rocker that starts right near the front binding makes you want to set it back more to feel like you are on the camber when making medium to carving turns.
Speed: The Farah is a bomber! It has a pretty good base and a very damp design. The typical ride ultra damp feeling was in effect but it didn’t feel as dull as some ride boards. If you are into straight lining then this will be a fun board and this is also one of the Farah’s best qualities.
Uneven Snow– This does well for it’s flex and shields your body from a lot of low speed chatter.
Edge Hold: We had varied conditions of snow but most of what we experienced was hard to medium pack with some chewed up spots in the traffic areas. We thought the edge hold would be better than it was. We found it to be fine in the better snow but there were some areas where we didn’t feel comfortable laying into a carve in firmer condtions and held back. We would say that this is on the average side of good and we wouldn’t want to rely on this edge in icy or very hard conditions.
Flex: This is a medium to stiff flex so it aint no butter board. The nose is a little easier than the tail because of the rocker but it still isn’t ideal.
Jibbing– This will be ok in the jib park because of it’s mostly flat design but the Farah is far from ideal.
Pipe: This isn’t much of a pipe board either. It was ok but if you like to lap the pipe there are many better boards out there.
Jumps: We fount the Farah to be middle to above average when it came to generating your own air. This will be fun hitting a natural jump at higer speeds and keeping it simple off the kickers in the park but there are many better jump boards out there.
All in all the Farah missed a by a tiny bit on edge hold and carving but made up for it with its float in powder and bomber speed. So if you are the kind of rider who likes to bomb the hill, ride powder and get out when the conditions are good then you will really enjoy the Farah.