If you’re the type of rider who seeks out faceshots at all costs, the Ride Slackcountry Snowboard is your new dream stick. The HighRize rocker shape and light weight help you float effortlessly on top of the deep stuff, while strategically-placed carbon cranks up the pop without adding unwanted stiffness.
- Exaggerated HighRize rocker shape offers next-level float in pow
- Thinned-down UL Steel edges reduce weight while maintaining durability
- 90A urethane Slimewalls absorb edge impacts to subvert blowouts
- Carbon Array 7 laminate increases edge-to-edge speed and grip
- Pop Glass fiberglass features woven-in carbon fiber to add extra pop without torsional rigidity
- Silencer 7 technology reduces chatter for a smooth yet responsive ride
- Sustainable HempBrain topsheet replaces traditional plastic for less weight and more eco-friendliness
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More than a ridiculous pow board
While Ride advertises this as strict pow board, don't be fooled. The HighRize rocker gives unbelievable float in the deep stuff, but this thing can really rail a turn on groomers. I own the 2009 model, but it doesn't differ too much from the 2010 model, or even the 2011 model, other than HempBrain topsheet and a few other small items. First off, this thing was made to absolutely slay the deep stuff. Float is effortless and turn initiation in pow is so easy. Once you hit the groomer or packed run out, you'll still be able to lay down an edge with confidence, unlike some super rockered pow boards. Another great thing this has over most pow boards is the ease of riding switch. The board has a twin shape and rocker profile that will allow you to easily ride switch without getting kinda funky like a tapered pow board or something with directional rocker. My one knock on this board is how it feels like driving a semi truck towards the end of the day, but that's partially my fault for buying the 164, where I could have gotten away with the 161 easily (I'm 6'1, 185lbs). I'd recommend sizing down a bit from your traditional size pow board. Overall, it's a wonderful, versatile pow board.
A PowPow Giant!
This board is made for the deep white powpow. Keep that in mind when you ride it because out of the powpow, more so at the end of the day when you are tired, it's like driving a train off the rails.It's obviously not as bad as a k2 Gyrator or Lib TR Banana Hammock, but it's still a bit of a handful out of the pow. When this board is in the pow, WOW, it handles like Bentley! It's fast and very responsive. It initiates pow turns with ease and stay afloat with little to no effort. I'm 6'2 170lbs and I rode a 164 which rode great for me, it could probably support even more weight before you'd have to jump up a size. This is saying allot because when the snow out here in Western Washington gets wet and heavy.. float is hard to come by. Not a problem for the Ride SC. I highly recommend the this board to anyone who lives in and rides pow. Also check out the Salomon SickStick for another pow slayer option.
This is your dream stick. I have last years 168, and I wouldn't trade it for a loaf of bread if i were starving to death. Seriously, if you spend any time out west riding the fluffy pow, this board will change your life. My 168 Slackcountry is under 7 pounds! Thats lighter than my 154 Skate Banana (which I also love). One more thing...Ride's 90A slimewalls are translucent! I can actually see inside the board! Amazing. If I sound like a Ride Snowboards paid shill, its because I wish I was after riding this board.
Ride Slackcountry or NeverSummer Heritage?...
Ride Slackcountry or NeverSummer Heritage? I'm torn on what to pick.
The NS is a great board that has a better build quality than the Ride SC.. but I prefer the way the Ride SC handles in the deep stuff, just my opinion. I'd say if you can to try and demo these boards.. but a warning that the demo really needs to take place in some powpow or you're not going to like either one. My choice would be the Ride SC, but both are killer decks!