Team rider Marco Feichtner and the Ride engineers tweaked the Wild Life Snowboard this season for more all-mountain shredability than ever. It has a versatile hybrid profile, a slightly set-back stance, and poppy construction to help you take on everything the mountain has to offer.
Since he's known for his aerial prowess off backcountry booters, it's no surprise Marco decided to go with Ride's All Mountain Rocker profile. It features a long flat zone underfoot for stability, with a more rockered nose for effortless float in powder and a less rockered tail so you can still stomp switch landings. Carbon Array laminates make the board poppy and responsive for complete control in treacherous terrain and tons of pop on ollies. Aspen is combined with bamboo and Polonia wood in the core to provide the prefect balance between strong and lightweight.
Slimewalls urethane sidewalls absorb impact to smooth the ride when you're ripping through chunder and chop, and they're super tough for added durability. A combination of triax and biax glass keeps the board stiff while still allowing smooth torsional flex for surfy powder turns. It's all finished off with the lightning-fast Fusion 4000 base, which is highly durable to withstand impacts from hidden stumps and rocks.
- Flat with more rocker at nose and less at tail
- Directional shape
- Medium flex
- Hybrid Glass with Carbon Array 3 laminates
- Performance Tuned core
- Slimewalls sidewalls
- Fusion 4000 sintered base
- Linear carbon
Share your thoughts
So far so (damn) good.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm a brand loyalist. My first board was a RIDE (waaaaaaay back in 1998) when there weren't many choices like rocker, camber, rocker camber rocker, WTH? You got what you got and you made it work and that one board stuck around until 2005. I considered the Crook and Machete but felt like my riding style was better suited to the Wild Life. It's a little heavier than my wife's 5150 151cm and am assuming that's because of the SlimeWallsor maybe these Flow bindings (which I'm going to replace with Ride Capo bindings soon). Anyway the all mountain rocker shape delivers. Yep there's stability and grip and it's way easy to get to edges without over torquing the board. It's forgiving enough if you misstep or end up surprised by some uneven terrain and responsive enough to recover when that happens. I went with a 151 (a bit on the long side for me) but I have the mass/strength to really get into that board and I didn't want to sacrifice speed. I'm not much of a park person at all, but I do want to open up a bit, and while this is touted as a directional board, I can switch ride it.
As for cosmetics, well it looks great and sets itself apart from the others out there. The logo foil accent is a nice touch. There are so many levels of graphic detail on this board.
I expect to get many years use out of this board.