Odd snowboard shapes are nothing new. In fact, recent times have seen something of a renaissance in the unorthodox, mega-directional models that (visually speaking at least) are not unlike what we saw in the late 1980s. While the silhouette of this one would fit right at home in that category, look more closely at the tail and you’ll see there’s even more going on.
The aptly named Ride Alter Ego isn’t a splitboard, but rather a ‘split personality’ board. There’s a latch at the back that, when locked, keeps the crescent tail rigid and responsive. Unhooking it separates the tail down the middle, instantly making the back end softer. The time to do this is in the powder, as it becomes much easier to sink the tail and make quick, surfy turns with ease. You can, of course, keep it closed in the pow too for a more aggressive feel that’s ideal for natural hits. On the piste, you’re probably better off locking her up and using that stiffness and sintered base to scream straight down the corduroy. The carbon stringers found on the outside of the bindings, plus the carbon-infused urethane ‘Popwalls’, add to the board’s overall response and stability.
“Yes it’s a gimmick, yes it looks weird and yes it’s expensive! But it does work. It’s not magic so if you struggle in the powder, opening up the tail is not going to instantly turn you into Jake Blauvelt. But the added flex in the open setting gives you that bouncy light turn feel, which is great. Not many boards carve like this either; the extra stiffness with the tail locked offers great edge hold. It is an advanced board, and you do have to work it, but when you it rewards you in spades.” – Chris Sturgess