SummaryYou have entered the Ride Shadowban in depth Snowboard Review from a groomer to powder perspective Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Very versatile one board quiver. Great set back on board for a directional twin. Forgiving but not lifeless. Good pop for the mellow camber profile. Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not much to complain about. The Ride Shadowban is the Algorythm with a little less dampness but a little more pop. This is a very versatile and recommendable one board quiver.
Update 2024: The Ride Shadowban did not change so this review still stands.
|Beginner - Expert
|Fits Boot size (US)
|On Snow Feel
Ride Shadowban Written Review Review by The Good Ride
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Ride Shadowban Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Liked it so much, asked to keep it (only do this with favorites).
Conditions: A few days of good spring conditions, Pretty great spring powder & some uneven but fun snowy conditions.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Ride Triad
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom Guide Jacket, Burton Gore-Tex 3L Treeline Jacket, Jones Peak Bagger Jacket.
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, CG Habitats Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt,
Similar Boards (but not the same): Korua Otto, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Capita Mercury,YES NSB, Endeavor Pioneer, Jones Mountain Twin, Endeavor Ranger, K2 Manifest, Yes Typo, Jones Frontier, Ride Algorythm, Ride Wild Life, Borealis Tundra, Tahoe Labs Directional Twin, Yes Basic Uninc, Cardiff Lynx,
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +18/-9 in pow, +15/-15 on groomers. Close to Reference and Set as far back as I could.
How It Was Tested
On most days I would ride the Ride Shadowban the same day as the YES Basic Uninc and the Ride Algorhythm. All three boards would have Union Atlas on and I would use the same boot all day as well.
The Ride Shadowban is a pretty normal weight. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the Ride Shadowban. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
For weight I would stay close to Rides recommended weight ranges as they are pretty generous compared to others. If it comes down to boot size or weight, I would make sure it fits your boot first and then your weight a close second.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Ride Shadowban has a very directional twin like shape. It says directional on the site but it felt like a directional twin on snow. The shape looked exactly like the Algorhythm when I stacked them on top of each other and their specs matched perfectly. They call the Algorhythm a Twin on Rides site. Regardless this is a board you can ride with front footed weight, back footed weight or weight this perfectly centered and it will work on a turn.
The Camber of the Ride Shadowban is pretty mellow in height but it does go a little past the inserts before a mellow but long bit early rise before the nose. It makes for a very forgiving but stable ride that all ability levels can appreciate. Tracks super well one footing or flat basing and its easy to skid a turn if you get off your game.
The flex is pretty middle groud but it is easy to butter in the tip/tail. You would think a camber this mellow might feel a bit dead but it felt pretty lively and easy to ollie. It felt more so than the Algorhythm which surprised me.
The Ride Shadowban is not as damp as the Algorhythm but it is good enough for all day riding in all conditions. It’s only a little behind when it comes to hard micro bumpy snow or soft messy snow riding.
Very competent grip with the Ride Shadowban. It wasn’t like the YES Basic Uninc’s pretty disrupted sidecut that does very well in ice but man it gripped well in hard snow and I like what this quadradic sidecut is doing. It also doesn’t feel grabby in soft snow like the Basic Uninc can so it’s all about preference here.
If you want a little extra speed go Algorhythm but the Ride Shadowban is more than competent if you want to point it. It still has some of that Ride dampness built into it.
Base glide was pretty good but nothing exceptional and I didn’t feel the Algorhythm had any better glide to it.
So I thought this mellow camber wouldn’t tickle my taint but it sure did. I had a great time turning with the Ride Shadowban. There is a sidecut that is deep but it starts out shallow and then transitions into a really deep sidecut so it doesn’t fight you if you want more down the line turns closer to a straight line. If you want to circle or across the groomer carve it will accommodate you as well. I had a good time with the overall turning experience.
So what is cool about the Ride Shadowban is how much directional float you can get from this shape. If you set it all the way back at a 22.75” stance width you can get 2.25” back from center of board. I couldn’t set it all the way back with a 21.5” stance width but I still felt a lot of float sliding it all the way back on the front with my Union Atlas and as far back as I could on the back binding. I might have even stretched out my stance width to 22” to get a little more float. In the good spring powder I had I was impressed and it felt more directional than you would think when set back like this.
When on reference and ducked out, the Ride Shadowban did a great job riding switch and I had a time flipping it around. I liked it in the pipe too. Very competent grip and a great board to drive wall to wall in the pipe. It’s also great for making quick adjustments when you get off your game as I often do there. Jumps are great with this. If you go really big maybe go with the Algorhythm but if you are medium which is more than most the Shadowban will be fine. Not the first board I’d want to jib with.
So, overall I really enjoyed the Ride Shadowban and I personally liked it more than the Algorhythm for how I ride and what I like from a board. If you want something more damp go Algorhythm though.
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