The Ride Hellcat is a new hybrid camber twin for those all mountain freestyle riders and in a lot of ways it’s like the Men’s Machete GT but with a more women’s friendly flex. The 2014 and 2015 Ride Hellcat are pretty much the same ride.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal
On Snow Feel: It can satisfy an aggressive rider but at the same time also be ok for a rider who wants something that can be forgiving in certain situations. It’s hard to say but maybe the best way to say it is a forgiving aggressive board. It can catch an edge compared to Ride’s flat to rocker profile but its a lot more forgiving than regular camber. It’s very stable between the feet for one footing/skating and flat basing. If you like a twin camber feel but want a little more of a forgiving ride this might work.
Turn Initiation: Kind of middle ground edge to edge on most turns and it can be turned quickly if you know how to turn. Medium radius turns were the most fun but wide radius turns are fun too. Short radius turns don’t spring quickly from edge to edge but they aren’t slow. They are just middle ground and there is a decent amount of spring in them.
Flex: Kind of on the medium and bordering on Med/Stiff side. It’s got more of a mountain flex built into a twin. It’s not a bad idea. It’s not super easy to butter but its not impossible either.
Edge Hold: Pretty middle ground edge hold that can hang if it gets hard but it’s not an ideal choice if you ride in hard to icy conditions. It’s more of a medium to soft kind of ride.
Powder: Just a little better than a camber board and kind of behind most of the other hybrid shapes out there.
Carving: Pretty fun compared to Ride’s flat to rocker tech. It doesn’t quite spring like camber but it does make for an enjoyable carve that has some spring out of the turn.
Speed: Pretty fast for a twin.
Uneven Terrain: All that rubber and dampening tech really makes for an easy ride over chundery uneven terrain. It’s not going to own the moguls but it can turn quick and won’t buck you as hard as you think for the flex it has.
Switch: It’s a true twin so it’s practically perfect either way. The only thing easier switch is asym boards.
Jumps: Pretty good pop and a nice improvement over the older flat to rocker model twins in Rides line.
Jibbing: It’s got a pretty stiff flex for jibbing and it’s not something we would like to take in the jib park.
Pipe: Pretty good pipe board and if there was better edge hold it would own it. If you get the edges super sharp then it could be.