|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Ride Hellcat 2019 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Hellcat is their all-mountain to freeride take for those that favor directional riding but aren’t 100% committed to it. It loves to turn, carve, and has an easy float in powder. And of course it especially likes to bomb the mountain cuz it’s a damp Ride board. It has a very good personality underfoot that I really liked. Not much changed from 2018-2019 so the review still stands as is.
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Conditions: A little of everything
Approximate Weight: Feels normal underfoot.
Flex/Buttering: For a medium stiff, directional ride the buttering wasn’t too bad. Buttering was easier than I thought it was going to be. But it is on the stiffer side so you just have to work a little more than normal.
Sizing: 143, 147, 151, 154
On Snow Feel: The Ride Hellcat is semi locked in. It’s not squirrely at all but not catchy at all. It has a nice hybrid camber blend. This gives you the stability without having the gnarly camber punishing you if you stop paying attention for a second.
Turn Initiation: The board is quick into the turns. Sometimes you have to work a little more with a directional board, but this one feels closer to a twin when you are riding it, and you don’t really notice you have more board to maneuver at all.
Turning Experience: Fun and lively. The camber lets you push into the turns if you want or you can be more mellow with skidded turns but it’s a super fun ride either way.
Carving: Very fun to carve and has the camber to pop you out of one turn and into the next one.
Speed: Feels great at high speeds. The Hellcat is nice and stable when you get it going as well.
Uneven Terrain: Does just fine in uneven terrain. Not the best of the best but it holds its own.
Powder: Rides well in powder, you have the tapered directional shape as well as the hybrid camber profile helping you out here.
Switch: The Hellcat rides great switch. I love that you can have the benefits of a mean freeride type board but can still ride switch if you so please and it feels fine.
Jumps: Feels solid on jumps, it isn’t quite as nimble as a full-on “park” deck, but it has great stability and really good pop so you feel solid when taking off or landing.
Jibbing: Again, not quite as nimble as a “park” board but it can hang for sure. But it wouldn’t be my dedicated jibbing deck.
Pipe: Rides pipe well, it’s a very stable snowboard so you are able to hold your line nice and solid up the wall and it has great pop so you’ll be able to use that when you air out, but it does have a longer nose so you just have to be aware of that when you are in the pipe and calculate accordingly.
Ride Hellcat Past Reviews
Cats were idolized for centuries and then persecuted as unholy creatures of the devil for many more, but we’ve only heard good things about this all-mountain tool of destruction. This slightly directional shape features rocker in the nose for flotation in the bottomless pits of powder and a camber zone underfoot for added control and pop to boost you closer to the heavens. Our Carbon Slimewalls combine layers of carbon fiber with our urethane Slimewall technology. The urethane layers increase durability and reduce vibration for stability at high speeds as you straight line it towards that pond skim of fire, while the carbon fiber layers increase edge-to-edge response and pop to allow you to boost over any imps or demons who impede your righteous path in the park or backcountry. The Hellcat balances the high-end materials with women’s specific features to provide an all-mountain board that can handle any condition. Caution: though named for a cat, this board will not make sure you always land on your feet like team rider Hana Beaman.
- Riding Style:
- Board Shape:
- Directional Hybrid Camber
- 143, 147, 151, 154
- Roll In Slimewalls
- Carbon Slimewalls
- Carbon Array 5 Laminates
- Hybrid Glass
- Performance Core
ALL RIDE boards feature Thin Construction with tapered tips and tails, reduced swing weight, enhanced tip flex and the sidewall runs past the effective edge.
Cleave Edge™ Steel
Nearly 50% more steel, delivers unmatched resistance to edge cracking and can be detuned to larger radii.
Triaxial on top, biaxial on base, balanced torsion and stiffness for better response with speed.
High-end sintered 4000 Ptex base material that is more durable, harder and faster than extruded.
High strength Aspen is combined with Bamboo and lightweight Paulownia wood to provide the perfect balance of strong and light.
Roll In Slimewalls®
Unique 3D fiberglass structure built around our urethane Slimewall® sidewalls. Designed to increase overall board strength, prevent topsheet chipping, and reduce weight.
This totally unique sidewall combines layers of Slimewalls® material and carbon strategically placed at the inserts out to the contact points in the tip and tail on a twin, and the back inserts to the contact points in the tail on a directional board. This exclusive tech enhances the charging riders’ experiences as we have moved the carbon pop construction to the outside edge for better stability and enhanced response.
Carbon Array™ Laminates
This power distribution technology provides total board control in every stance location. Widespread carbon stringers placed at the binding zone gather input from any stance width and all pressure angles. Rider input is then channeled to the opposing contact point for maximum board control. Offered in two levels of technology, 3 & 5.
Added underneath each binding area to improve compressive strenth and prevent board breaks where it matters most. Offered in two levels – single and double.
Standard Top Sheet
Durable topsheet with graphics only RIDE can bring you.
2017 Ride Hellcat Review
Days 2 from 2 different Women riders
Conditions- Perfect Sierra Snow to moderately good spring Sierra Conditions.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal
On Snow Feel: It’s got a mostly camber aggressive feel to it but without being super catchy like camber. It’s personality is all about bombing but it’s not the typical Ride bomber. What I mean by that is many ride boards feel best when going fast and straight but don’t really feel good at anything else. However the Ride Hellcat gives equal pleasure turning, carving and straightlining while still having that super damp ride feel to it.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge if you know how to turn and we felt this would be fine in the trees on a powder day or good in a tight spot like a steep chute.
Flex: Kind of on the Med/Stiff and bordering on the Stiff side. It’s stiff and damp.
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. We are beginning to think that if you
Powder: The rocker in the nose for the board we tried is very subtle but with the set back on board and not camber in the nose this can float rather well.
Carving: If the Ride Hellcat had better edge hold this would carve in all conditions like a dream. As it stands out of the factory wrapper it’s not going to hold well in harder snow but in softer snow this will lay it out euro style really well.
Speed: So the Ride Hellcat can bomb…..really bomb and that is what you expect from a Ride freeride board. It feels damp and secure when pointing it.
Uneven Terrain: It can power over uneven terrain better than most and although it’s not as good weaving in and out of moguls/bumps it’s pretty good for it’s stiff flex.
Switch: Not ideal but doable. It’s tapered shape isn’t the best for taking it the other way.
Jumps: The Ride Hellcat’s ultra damp flex/personality isn’t completely devoid of pop. A strong rider can make their own air with this board and its great for sending it off a big kicker or cliff to get some big directional air.
Jibbing: No fucking way.
Pipe: Pretty good directional riding pipe board and if there was better edge hold it would be really fun.
2015 Ride Hellcat Review
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.
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Ride Hellcat User Reviews
This boards rides very well. It handles the grooms, and mashed potatoes great with no chatter or vibrations. Little heavy and not as playful in the trees, but still a great board for launching off jumps. I found the top coat on the board to scratch very easily... Don't even let a snow flake hit the top of this board, or it will scratch.