Park fiends rejoice – the Ride Buckwild returns for another season. While technically sporting a rocker profile, it’s actually almost completely flat until you get right out towards the nose and tail where a very gradual rise can be seen. This means that it’s quite easy to generate a lot of pop and spin, and minimises the risk of hanging up on rails.
For slopestyle riders like the UK’s Billy Morgan (who triple-corked his way down the Olympic course on the Buck Wild) that’s the ideal combination. Ride’s patented urethane Slimewalls are present and correct here once again, with the technology also showing up in the core. Carbon ‘Pop Rods’ deliver snap without making the board too stiff – to get a proper look at them, just check out the see-through section of the base. The edges, already well protected by the Slimewalls, feature 50% more steel with plenty of room for getting the detune just right. If you take a trip to any of the park Meccas this year – Breckenridge, Mammoth, Mayrhofen and the like – you’ll doubtlessly see plenty of these lapping the kicker line. And you could do a lot worse than having one under your own feet.
“I’m no fan of rocker but it’s so mellow on the Buckwild that it wasn’t something I was worrying about. Turn initiation isn’t the quickest, but the edges hold really well for a freestyle board and it’s as lively as they come. Do what you’re supposed to with this (park, side hits, butters) and it’ll show you a great time. If you normally ride something with camber then this is unlikely to completely convert you. But there’s very little this can’t do that a classic camber stick could” – Andrew Duthie