Ride Snowboards Society Snowboard:
Too much pop might be a bad thing on reality television contests, but it's what the most aggressive riders crave from a twin-tip board. That's why Ride's Society owns pipes and terrain parks in terms of amplitude and popularity. It's a lively design that's surprisingly responsive compared to some skate-inspired snowboards that seem to offer almost too much flex. The responsive feel comes from the combination of Ride's Aggression Select Tuned Core and innovative Carbon Array 5. The Carbon Array 5 is a group of five carbon stringers that radiate out from beneath the binding zone to both sides of the tip and tail. The carbon stringers transmit any pressure (that bending that indicates an intended turn) beneath the binding area and move the energy to the opposing contact point on the snowboard, making turns faster and more responsive than conventional wood core snowboard designs. The Ride Society also features a smooth, 45-Degree Thin Construction Sidewall to smooth out the rough edges in the terrain park and a new soft Slimewall 85A durameter sidewall to dampen vibrations. The 45-degree sidewall complements aggressive riding styles without dumbing-down the performance for advanced riders. A few freestyle boards beef up the durability with a burly 90-degree sidewall that you find on recreational boards, but the 45-degree sidewall on the Society snowboard offers better edge hold--especially on packed terrain--and quickly transitions for edge-to-edge performance. The 45-Degree Thin Construction Sidewall also tapers along the Society's tip and tail for a lower swing weight that makes it easier to rotate while popping above the pipe. Along the sides you'll also find Ride's exclusive Cleave Edge, a steel edge specifically designed for freestyle sliding and grinding. Unlike conventional snowboard edges, the Cleave Edge is made to last through multiple seasons or hardcore abuse without cracking--and the larger profile easily detunes with minimal hassles. The Society also has Ride's Real Hybrid triaxial laminate, underlining its freestyle dominance as one of the best combined applications of carbon, aramid and fiberglass. The Real Hybrid process improves the snowboard's snap while reducing the overall weight and enhancing the structural integrity. Beneath the Society is a fast Fusion 4000 base, a hard, durable and fast base with more pores to hold wax than the 1500 grade extruded and 1000 grade extruded fusion bases. If you crave a lighter board with more of an ATV profile, check out the "Twinish" shape and ultralight refinements on Ride's new Concept UL Snowboard.