|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Ride Wild Life 2019 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Wild Life 2018-2019 has a new directional hybrid camber set up that’s for the budget-oriented aggressive all mountain rider/one board quiver seeker. Its a stand out for those that prefer straight lining, good float in powder and popping off natural terrain more than anything else. However, it’s not bad for a carve or two in good conditions and it offers a pretty forgiving ride for its flex and dampness. The 2019 Ride Wild Life hasn’t seemed to change from the 2018 so the old review still stands.
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Conditions: Everything from a little powder to thick leftover powder to semi-hard conditions
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro, Ride LTD
Set Up: 22-22.5” Centered 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt on the heavy side of normal.
Flex: Pretty medium stiff.
Sizing: The 157 felt perfect for me and the 158w would have been better for Jimbo’s 11’s.
On Snow Feel: Getting closer to that catchy camber feel for those that don’t like it but for those that do they would say semi-locked in. It tracks really well and doesn’t have that hooky feel that the Bezerker had. It’s kind of what we were hoping for in the Bezerker but just at a lower price point. It’s got some consequence to it.
Edge Hold: Not ideal and it let’s go pretty easy in the harder snow. If you don’t like disrupted side cuts the edge hold might be to your liking though.
Turn Initiation: Really quick edge to edge but not super fast. The Ride Wild Life gets there when you need it to get there.
Turning Experience: Very fun board to turn and although it leans towards straight lining and long drawn out S-Turns that is just shy of a straight line it also likes turning across the groomers and doesn’t get weird on you if you want to take it mellow and make short to wide radius turns.
Carving: Pretty strong in a carve as long as the conditions are on the softer side. There is some spring out of the turns and it’s fun for sure.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal for those that like to skid your turns so don’t let the price point fool you into thinking it’s a great beginner board. This is more for the advanced rider on a budget.
Speed: Likes to bomb for sure but our take was the base doesn’t seem to match its dampness. Still, with a few wax jobs, I think it could catch up.
Uneven Terrain: The Ride Wild Life just hammers through everything. Micro-bumps on bad groomers or off-piste, tracked out powder or big ass moguls are all fine with this.
Powder: Love the directional camber thing here for powder with its spring off the tail and float in the nose. That combined with 4.5″ inches back on board and a longer nose you get some good directional float with a 58cm stance width.
Buttering: Not ideal for those that like to butter. Took some work and it takes a strong butter
Switch: Very doable switch but definitely different from the directional camber.
Jumps: It feels super damp to the point it’s almost dead till you ollie it. Then you feel the spring and it pops well. It also approaches kickers in a stable way and usually lands too.
Jibbing: no thanks.
Pipe: With soft pipe walls this would be super fun.
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Conditions: Good Sierra snow day after a storm but very tracked up wet and thick so we mainly stuck to groomers.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Ride Rodeo
Set Up: Set back a bit 15 front -6 back
While most of Ride’s set back boards went to Hybrid Camber the Ride Wild Life is still doing a flat to rocker set up. For some this might still work pretty well as it does have a very slight advantage over most of Ride’s hybrid camber shapes when it comes to floating in powder and giving a more catch free ride. On the other hand it doesn’t have the spring their hybrid camber boards have when it comes to carving, ollies and jumps. The Wild life has a similar ride to the Ride Manic but caters more towards the intermediate to advanced rider instead of the beginner to intermediate. If are into Ride’s ultra damp personality under foot and like all mountain riding it’s not a bad board. I’d rather see Ride combine the Manic and Wild Life in to one board priced about $399 instead of having both of these but I don’t know shit about marketing and all that stuff that factors into their decision making process.
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