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Ride Capo 2018 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Capo offers up a stiff flexing responsive ride but at the same time offers up good butter-ability and it can work with a lot of boards.
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Ride Capo Past Reviews
Flex: It felt to me like the high back was a little stiffer than it’s flex rating. It looked like other urethane bindings in Ride’s line until I flexed it.
Adjustability: Ride has a nice tooless set up that allows you to quickly dial in your straps to your boot. Also the rest of the binding doesn’t take too much effort and all you really need the tool for is the mini disc.
Comfort: Although the ankle strap is smaller than the El Hefe it’s very comfortable and so is the rest of the binding. We didn’t like how the toe strap pinched the sides of our boots and we’d like to see a design that fit’s our boots better.
Heel-Toe Response: Very responsive in a smooth way. Although I wasn’t on the most aggressive of boards you could feel the Capo was easily turning these moderate turning boards edge to edge with lot’s of turning power to spare. Love the mini disc’s ability to help further power the Capo’s ability to turn the board.
Tip-Tail Response: Pretty good but it doesn’t feel super easy to butter and press. There is a lot of reduced contact with the binding which is great but it seems like it’s more useful edge to edge than tip to tail. Still it’s wasn’t difficult to butter and it’s not terrible by any means.
Boot Support: I personally like a little more support but I was surprised how much more supportive it was riding than it looked in the shop. Not bad and I felt pretty secure edge to edge.
Ratchet System: Pretty good. Not the best I have experienced but I like the higher end ratchet system better than the entry level ratchet system.
Shock Absorption: Great shock absorption. Ride covers almost the whole base plate with thick shock absorbent canted EVA foam.
The El Hefe spoiled me in the responsive binding department and I’d much rather have that. The El Hefe didn’t stoke me but it also came very far from disappointing me as well. This is a well made binding that I think could make a lot of riders happy.
2013 and Below Ride Capo Review
The Ride Capo is another new binding from ride for 2012. Almost all is new with this binding except for the foot bed and toe strap. The High back is new pretty stiff and very well made. We love the asymmetrical angle to allow for more freestyle movement. Also there is a new ultra thin ankle strap that is some where between the thickness of the average Burton ankle strap and the average Union Ankle strap. This will allow for a lot of movement. The foot bed is canted like much of the 2011 bindings and we are big fans of this. It’s easier on the body and has better leverage on the hybrid shapes out there these days. The chassis is new tech for this year as well and allows the rider to bend the board easier and it also allows the board to flex under foot better than the old boards. All we have to say is well done Ride. Ride also has a 2 hole disc to accommodate Burton’s 2 Channel system boards. For 2013 Ride changed up the base plate so it accommodates a mini disc aka smaller disc. This further reduces the dead spot with the board to make for better response torsionally as well as longitudinally. It makes the 2013 the call over the 2012.
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Ride Capo User Reviews
Proper all mountain binding
Proper all mountain binding. Works well and it’s much less expensive than similar competitive bindings of this quality on the market. The Ride Capo worked fine for me. It was well worth the money.
Great quality bidings
These are very good bindings.
I got them for my birthday. In the beginning I was very very very hesitant because they are made of aluminium and I was only used to plastic bindings but I got to tell you honestly; these Capo’s are such great quality bindings. I am very happy with these and it’s a good thing I kept them.
I have used them for 6 weeks and they are still in perfect condition. I have no complaints at all nor did I experience anything negative about these Ride Capo's 2017/2018. Just loving it.
My Capo’s XL are comfortable and very responsive. Some high-tech stuff in it and well-constructed I must say. These bindings combine excellent with my Jones and K2 snowboards.
I do highly recommend these.
Binding ladders missing teeth after 10 days mountain use. Screws are incredibly soft and strip easily while adjusting.
Never had this issue with other brands.
Falling down quality
I rode 8 years on Ride Team XL. It was the best binding for me, but i broke 2 highbacks, and bent heelcup.
In 2013 i got new Ride Capo. During 3 years i have 2 big problems:
1. New ankle, toe buckles cut picks on straps.
2. Heelcup plays (looses) on heelcup screw bracket. When i torqued screw a little bit stronger, this bracket cracked.
I think, that next bindings will be flux or union.
Ride Capo binding
I really like these bindings. The are fairly stiff yet really comfortable. My Burton Ions fit in these really good so I wouldn't agree with the "loose" rating. If fact the highjack material on these and the material on the back of my Ion's really make for a locked in fit. The straps are super comfortable and adjustable. Rotating the highjack is kinda hard though. Also I can't figure out how the move the Wedgie footbed back, it extends a few millimeters over the toe side edge (front binding only). But aside from those minor issues they are a very responsive binding and super comfortable, they are also not too expensive at full retail, I got them 20% so I'm really happy. Rachets work great as well. I agree with The Good Ride review with the exception of the boot support rating.
straps quickly srtipped,( tech nine's i had previously had for years never stripped. also straps were attached to the base in a weird way and acttually came apart on me, maybe i had them on too loose but one more rotation and they got pretty stiff. i took them off and traded them in for some union SL's
Responsive and comfortable
As usual there isnt much more to say on top of the excellent site review, but...
Ive used these bindings with 2 Ride boards, the DH2 and the Manic. I found them to be really responsive on both the softer Manic and the much stiffer DH2 and they had no trouble flexing either board, even considering I was riding in my old soft boots at the time (Burton Moto). I bought a DH2 and Capo's (along with some new boots) for this season as I enjoyed them so much. The high back is stiff and really responsive on the heelside but is quite flat and allows plenty of lateral movement without pulling the board around, good for freestyle manouvers.
The only negative was the webbing on the toestrap seems flimsy and was breaking away on the bindings I rented, they were only a couple of months old at the time. apart from that... Game On!