The Ride El Hefe keeps adding a little new tech to their line every year and it’s a pretty solid binding.
2014 Ride El Hefe Changes.
1. It has a new high back and new chassis. They kept the canted footbed tech called wedgie from last year and we like this tech. It keeps your hips, kees ect more in line and also helps to create more leverage on the outer parts of these rocker or hybrid shaped boards. 2. The Ride El Hefe has a new ankle strap that is bigger on the sides. This adds a little more support but doesn’t have the 2012 tech that allows you to adjust the flex. It was a cool feature but the 2013 Ankle strap is far more comfortable. We prefer the new ankle strap.
3. The coolest thing is Ride created a mini disc mount. Now there is a reduced dead spot under foot and as a result there is more response. Most of the binding doesn’t touch the board now which makes for great edge to edge as well as tip to tail response.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin,Yes Greats, Rossignol One Magtek
Flex: Pretty stiff and not very giving. The 2014 in some ways makes the flex feel stiffer and more snappy thanks to the Carbon Fiber but the Urethane also makes it feel less ultra mega stiff like 100% carbon fiber high backs often feel.
Adjustability: Ride does a great job with adustability and it’s very easy to dial out most of your binding with out a tool.
Comfort: The ankle strap is bigger than most of the ride bindings but it’s also one of the more comfortable we have tried with Ride. Also the rest of the binding surrounds your boot without causing pressure points for most riders.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick. Not super snappy or smooth but in between and it can handle any board you throw at it. It felt like the boards I tried with this were more responsive than they were before putting these bindings on. The minimal contact with the board and mini disc do a great job getting the board edge to edge.
Buttering: Not bad but I felt the best part about it was the edge to edge response. To me its right on the border of great and as usual Jimbo had no problem getting any board he was on with these things to butter. Well except for the Greats. That board is stubborn with anything. The mini disc and having the rest of the bindings contact minimized it makes for a pretty easy binding to butter and press most boards.
Boot Support: Very good support that locks in the boot pretty well.
Ratchet System: Pretty good but It didn’t feel as strong and perfect as other bindings did at this price level. Still it didn’t seem like they would break.
Shock Absorption: Super cush and combined with the cant the Ride El Hefe offers up a good fatigue reducing ride for most people.