- It does everything well and acts like a tapered directional all-mountain board
- Fast base
- does nothing super well but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing
SummaryThe Weston Ridgeline is a great one-board quiver for those who want something more directional than a traditional all-mountain board.
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Weston Ridgeline Snowboard Written Review Review by The Good Ride
Update 2024: The Weston Ridgeline hasn’t changed since I reviewed this so this review still stands.
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Weston Ridgeline Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
We borrowed this for an extended demo and plan to send it back.
Size: 158 solid and split (split review coming)
Conditions: A lot of time in varied spring conditions but also some super early season powder, mostly knee high but up to thigh high in places.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10”, 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Tourist
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex 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 IO Mag, Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt, Drop Cascade Glove
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 18 front -9 back, 21 front -3 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
The Weston Ridgeline is far from being heavy, but it isn’t an ultralight either. (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 these boards. 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.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Weston Ridgeline is not super tapered, and on groomers feels almost like the tip/tail are the same width. You feel a little taper compared to a non-tapered ride, but it’s not that bad at all. Very little back foot weight is necessary.
There is some moderate camber that extends well past the bindings and then has an early rise under the nose and a little less in the tail. It makes for a very stable feeling underfoot in all conditions that isn’t very catchy. An intermediate could easily ride the Weston Ridgeline.
There is a medium stiff flex between the feet but a softer flex in the tail and an even softer flex in the nose. The board butters really easily and has above-average but not exceptional pop. What is cool about this flex personality is, like the camber profile, it is consistent underfoot in all conditions and doesn’t get cranky in hard/micro bumpy snow or too bucky in wet messy, uneven snow as well.
Weston does base glide right and on top of that the Weston Ridgeline is damp too.l
There is some really competent edge hold with the Weston Ridgeline. It really grips well in borderline-hard snow. It isn’t a hard to icy snow specialist, but it can for sure hang.
It was pretty quick edge to edge, and it went wherever I needed it whenever I needed it to be there. So there is a pretty good but not great spring out of the turn, and I enjoyed laying into a harder turn. I expected this to be more of a big mountain bomber that likes longer drawn-out s-turns, but it carved across the groomers really well and had a very balanced turning experience. Whatever radius you wanted was doable in a turn. It didn’t have one place where it really shined, but it did everything well.
There is a pretty good setback on board here with the Weston Ridgeline. At a 22.25” stance width set all the way back, you can get -3.5” back from the center of the board. It really helps keep this board floating, as I did have to put a good bit of weight on the back foot in thigh-high powder. It seems like it is best for those who ride in steeper terrain, and it didn’t have the easy low-angle powder float thing happening as much as some. Still, it’s doable, but I found other boards with less setback on board to float better in its peer group. Even though the Weston Backcountry has less setback on board at -3.25″, I felt like it had easier directional float. This felt more like a really good all-mountain board, which is more than fine.
What I liked about the Weston Ridgeline is how you could throw this around switch, ride the pipe, and get air. You can take this in the park for sure and have fun with it like many all mountain rides.
So I would call the Weston Ridgeline tapered all mountain. It is a little more directional and set back than an all-mountain board but still has that do-everything personality happening with it. It does nothing great but many things well. That is all you can ask for when picking out a one-board quiver, and to do it on a super fast basis is even better.
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