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Ride C-8 2021 Review by The Good Ride
Ride C-8 2021 Snowboard Binding Video Review Fast Forward Markers. Timecodes 0:00 – Intro 0:20 – How it Was Tested 0:58 – Summary 1:12 – Weight 1:39 – Highback Flex 2:13 – Response 4:37- Shock Absorption 4:49 – Boot Support 6:05 – Ratchet System 7:51 – Adjustability 10:25 – Conclusion 11:18 – Outtakes 11:30 – About The Review
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Damp, Well Built. Smooth response.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Small ankle strap is not supportive in uneven snow.
The Ride C-8 straps aren’t supportive in uneven snow. The rest of the new design is very well built, damp and ofers up a pretty smooth ride.
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Ride C-8 Binding Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Ride Laso Pro, Ride 92, Ride Fuse
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Jones Ultracraft, Ride Wild Life, Jones Hovercraft, Endeavor Pioneer
2.4lbs which is a bit on the heavier side compared to most bindings.
The highback is very stiff with the Ride C-8.
Binding to Boot Adjustability
We found the Ride C-8 to have good all around adjustability so you can center most boots in the binding and therefore the board.
Stance Width Adjustability
The Ride C-8 wasn’t perfect but pretty doable for those that need to get close to their perfect stance width.
This area is really lacking with the Ride C-8. The small ankle strap just doesn’t give you any support in uneven snow. Both Peter and I felt our ankles folding over and that is a painful experience. Also, the toe straps always slid down no matter how hard we cranked them down.
Smooth and no complaints here with the Ride C-8.
Peter and I both felt the ankle strap didn’t match up well to the pretty stiff high back and responsive base plate. We swapped the Ride C-8 ankle strap it upside down to get more response and it only helped a little.
Flex Under Foot/Buttering
Pretty easy to butter and the board flexed pretty well underfoot.
There is a nice damp base plate that didn’t seem to pass up any crankiness a board was having and we liked that.
So overall, we felt the Ride C-8 is a new set of straps away from being a recommendable binding. The ankle straps are great for park bindings but they didn’t seem to match up well with how responsive/stiff the rest of the binding was. The lack of support/pain we experienced in uneven terrain was a deal breaker.
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