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Ride Rodeo 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Flex: 4
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: £225 / €250
  • BUY ONLINE

If jibbing around the mountain is your thing, you’ll be very likely to appreciate the Ride Rodeo snowboard bindings. Not only are these things flexy, but also super durable, so when you’re up against the metal in the park you can rest easy.

The nylon blend highback offers a predictable and comfortable ride, and manages to keep the weight down overall. If you’re looking for adjustment to your riding, the FLAD on these is super easy to use, so you can crank the forward lean down whenever.

“The urethane basepad works to soak up vibrations and chatter as you’re riding”

The ‘Infinity Chassis’ is made of ultra durable aircraft grade aluminium, so you can be sure it’s the real deal. It houses a mini disk, so there’ll be less contact with the board allowing the wood to flex more naturally underfoot. The urethane basepad works to soak up vibrations and chatter as you’re riding, and as a bonus is robust enough for day after day use.

The toe strap is a rubber composite that’ll mould round the front of your boot keeping you locked in securely. The straps have tool free adjustability so you can dial the fit in perfectly. The ankle strap is padded for extra comfort, and is asymmetric to tune in to your bodies needs.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“Not my first Rodeo (sorry). I’ve owned a pair of these modern classics in the past. They are a popular binding, you seem them a lot on the hill, and rightly so. They look great and do their job well. With a flex rating of 4 they’ve got a freestyle edge, with all mountain capabilities thrown in.

In your hand they are clearly sturdy, not overly light but not heavy either. They’ve got a neat nylon highback and a reassuring metal (maybe aluminum) heel cup. Upon strapping in, the large asymmetrical ankle strap is big, padded and comfortable, the toe strap locks you in without pinching. I dig the tool free strap adjusters, always a great feature when it works, and the Rodeo’s version works well. Decent highback adjustment too. Once in, your boot noticeably feels secure, maybe too secure as my boots got a bit stuck once you undid the straps, but no big deal – maybe I should have tried the XL.

“I’d normally be into a stiffer binding but I have to say I found the Rodeo to support where it was needed”

On the snow, they are – no doubt – a comfortable ride. I’d normally be into a stiffer binding but I have to say I found the Rodeo to support where it was needed; there is a solid spine in the highbacks that didn’t let me down on aggressive high speed turns, where you need the vertical support on your calves to focus energy into your edges. The Flex becomes apparent laterally, allowing greater body movement, butters, tweaks – it all become easier. Although if it is a responsive binding you are after there are better out there.

What they may lack in uber precision and responsiveness, the Rodeo makes good on its shock absorption. The base is excellent, it gives a natural stance on the board, and is made to take some serious abuse. Definitely facilitates a chiller ride, saving your knees, feet and energy reserves.

I only rode the 2020 model for a day, but i did own a pair of Rodeos in the past and they never failed on me, nothing broke or came loose, the ankle strap got a bit worn, but I was able to pass them on to a buddy who’s still riding in them.

It is hard to find fault in the 2020 Ride Rodeos, they do what they say and do it well. A great option for beginners through to experts, the Rodeo will stand up to all the mountain can offer.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Mike Brindleywhitelines.com

“Despite nearly taking my thumb off while adjusting the ‘tool free’ toe strap – and subsequently getting an earful for complaining too much – I had a good time on the Ride Rodeo.

“The flex is responsive enough without being restrictive”

On first impression I thought these might fit a little narrow for my boots, but even with fairly chunky footwear for my size, the fit was great. The flex is responsive enough without being restrictive – sitting in that sweet spot between freestyle and all-mountain that’ll satisfy many different customers – and that single-piece highback gives a nice continuous hold as you roll your weight from nose to tail.

I’m also a big fan of the the basket-like toe cap, which, like the rest of the binder, feels solid but bows enough around your boot to ensure minimal slippage throughout the day.

Barring any dramatic future moves from Ride, these are always going to come across as a no-frills favourite, but that’s what some of the best bindings are; and despite some of their more brutalist design elements, it’s easy to see why the Rodeos are a no-brainer for many.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Pinguwhitelines.com

“It’s 2018 now, and snowboarding has been around for ages, so I just expect bindings to work. These did. Nothing fancy, nothing extraneous. I put my boots into them. Did them up. They stayed done up. They didn’t hurt. They were easy to take off. I particularly liked the stretchy toe strap; it felt like it was really locking in my boot.

“I particularly liked the stretchy toe strap; it felt like it was really locking in my boot”

If I could criticise them at all, the forward lean adjustment was a bit fiddly and I didn’t like the look of the highback, but that’s just being really picky. If you want some bindings and have money, then use that money and buy these bindings – you will get bindings that work.”

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