- Price: £440 / €530
- Sizes: 138, 142, 146, 151, 153, 155, 156W, 157, 159, 159W
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Asymmetric Twin
The Ride Helix first grabbed our attention in its inaugural season, when it proved to be an even finer park board than the one it replaced (the much-loved Ride DH).
Better yet, it excelled elsewhere on the mountain too, making it one of our top all-round choices.
For 2017/18 the Ride Helix has been softened a little, but it’s still got plenty of strength and power where it counts thanks to a cleverly constructed core. Wood-wise it’s a nice lightweight mix of paulownia, aspen and bamboo, but there’s also four ‘Slimerods’ at work.
These part-carbon, part-urethane additives are laid over the nose and tail of the Helix to improve its pop without making it too rigid overall.
There’s more carbon directly under your feet too, channeling energy into the edge for increased response through the turns.
It’s the mellower of the two lay-ups that Ride offer, though, which better suits its freestyle sensibilities.
"Part-carbon, part-urethane additives are laid over the nose and tail of the Helix to improve its pop"
The Ride Helix is an asymmetric twin, which means that the heel edge has a tighter sidecut than that of the toe edge. Whether you’re riding normal or switch, it offers a more balanced feel that better suits your body’s natural movements. If you’ve never tried an asym, we can’t recommend it highly enough.
"The asym sidecuts, camber profile and carbon additives all add up to make this ideal for cruising groomers"
If you’re in need of protection from big, Yuki Kadono-esque landings, the double impact plates under the bindings will reduce the risk of damage when you’re putting down a hammer in the park. Ride’s patented ‘Slimewalls’ (that’s urethane sidewalls in English) help in this department too, doing a great job of soaking up the impact when touching down on a handrail.
The asym sidecuts, camber profile and carbon additives all add up to make this ideal for cruising groomers, which is the main reason why you’ll often see a Ride Helix far from the boundaries of the park. The sintered base is pretty rapid too, and the combination of mellow biax and responsive triax fibreglass adds to its all-rounder chops.
All in all, it’s hard to think of any rider - bar the backcountry obsessive, perhaps - who wouldn’t get on with the Ride Helix.
“If I was still doing back-to-back winters, The Ride Helix would most likely be my everyday snowboard of choice; an all-mountain freestyle true twin with tip-to-tail camber and the asymmetric sidecut.
"The asymmetric sidecut makes heelside turn initiation so much easier"
The Helix feels totally at home laying down snow-touching carves on morning corduroy, while still delivering plenty of pop for powerful, precise park laps. Despite packing all this park power, the Helix still offers up a fun and playful ride, with the asymmetric sidecut making heelside turn initiation so much easier.
The Ride Helix is a comfortable and balanced board whether you are riding switch or natural - a confidence-inspiring board best suited to the seasonaire who likes powerful, aggressive all-mountain freestyle."
Tanner McCarty - Marketing Manager, Ride
"A couple of the guys on the team need their camber, so they go with the Ride Helix.
What’s funny is how different riders benefit from the asymmetrical twin; Yuki Kadono chooses it for riding slopestyle and Big Air events, while Danimals grabs one for the streets.
Two completely different types of riding, yet they both utilise the same technology (such as Slimewalls and Carbon Array) that makes the Helix such a unique board."