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Ride Helix 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 146, 151, 153, 155, 156W, 157, 159W, 160
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: Asymmetric Twin
  • Price: £460/€540
  • BUY ONLINE

Ride have drawn on years of R&D to create the Helix – an advanced board that’s focused on performance and technology. Although the Helix is touted as a freestyle board, it laughs in the face of those who think it can’t rip shit up around the whole mountain.

An asymmetric sidecut works to counteract your body’s biomechanical inefficiencies. In layman’s terms- your body is way better on your toes than you are your heels and the Helix has a tighter sidecut on the heel edge to balance that out. On snow this translates to super strong heelside carves, increased manoeuvrability and a more precise feeling.

“6 carbon stringers run underneath each binding to the opposite edge to increase response and torsional feel”

The hybrid camber profile lends itself well to popping off knuckles, kickers and wind lips and you’ll be rock solid when you’re picking up speed on the run-in as well. The rocker tip and tail help to mellow out the board and offer a little more float when you want to head off piste. Definitely not an out and out powder board so you’ll have to lean back a little, but it’ll fare better than a lot of park boards when you get some deep snow.

Double Impact Plates and Slimewalls work in unison to increase durability of the board, so you can slam it round a bit without too much issue. You’ll be sure to have some heavy landings at one point or another, so they’ll absorb some of the impact to give you a helping hand.

What’s a high-end board without a little carbon? 6 carbon stringers run underneath each binding to the opposite edge to increase response and torsional feel. You’ll be able to pedal turn better, tweak and poke the board out easily and won’t lose any of the tip to tail flex. 2 urethane wrapped carbon rods sit either end of the board to help absorb impact and add pop to the tip and tail. This is a stiff board, for smashing big freestyle and hooning down the hill, definitely not ideal for a newer rider.

Tester’s Verdict

Stephen MacLeanThe Snowboard Asylum

“If you want a big park, freestyle/all mountain board get the Yes Greats, not this board. I felt it was too stiff for what this board is designed for.

“When you are sending it full speed with this board it actually rides alright and feels comfortable going edge to edge”

Wouldn’t want to be lining up for a big kicker on this because it is super slow edge to edge. Felt like I was about to break my legs and knees trying to carve this plank in the short run ups of side hits and rails. The only person that should be buying this board is an experienced rider that just wants to bash the piste and fly down every run as fast as possible. When you are sending it full speed with this board it actually rides alright and feels comfortable going edge to edge. As soon as you loosen up on the throttle it becomes a 2×4 under your foot.”

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