The Ride Rodeo Snowboard Binding is a very likeable binding that could fit a wide variety of riders.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo, Eli, Mary,
Boots: Burton Ion, Nike Kaiju
Boards: Ride Crook
Flex: Medium twist but pulling back on it feels maybe on the stiff side of medium
Adjustability: Pretty decent adjustability.
Comfort: Good comfort but the more we wear Ride bindings the more we aren’t that into how the toe strap is a bit narrow on the sides. Also the rubbery webbing in the middle stretches a lot so we felt the need to crank it down more to makes sure it doesn’t slip off. Because the narrow sides it collapsed our boots and we didn’t like that feeling on the sides of our feet.
Turn Initiation: Nice smooth turn initiation that we felt handled the easy turning crook no problem with response to spare. The cool thing is it didn’t feel like the Rodeo overpowered or made the Crook feel twitchy either.
Buttering: Pretty easy to butter and you can feel the board flex easy under foot. I like the mini disc and how it makes the binding work better with the boards natural flex.
Boot Support: We all liked the asymmetrical ankle strap and how it supported us where we wanted it but as mentioned above we didn’t feel the toe strap was the best. It pulls the boot in well enough if you crank it down.
Ratchet System: Decent ratchet system and it felt smooth enough. It doesn’t own the ratchet world but it seems like it’s reliable enough to last a while.
Shock Absorption: Love the shock absorption. It’s like riding on a responsive canted pillow. Probably one of the best qualities of this binding.
The 2013-2015 Ride Rodeo Binding has an upgrade to the Chassis where there is now a smaller disc (mini disc) so there is less contact with the board than before. This makes for an easier flex under foot and better response.
So all in all we liked the Rodeo and if you can get past the toe strap issues we had then this isn’t a bad binding at all.
The 2015, 2014 and 2013 Ride Rodeo Bindings are all pretty similar in terms of ride but we like the ankle strap better with the 2014 and 2015.
The Ride Rodeo has a lot of new 2012 tech but still has some good things from 2011. The old is the highback which was new for 2011 but it’s still a great high back. The ankle strap and toe strap are old tech as well but they still do a great job. The Rodeo has the new chassis that really does a good job with flex under foot and turn initiation.
Ride also has a 2 hole disc to accommodate Burton’s 2 Channel system boards.