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02-21-2014 08:29 AM
kessler the ride 176

This is my point of view of my Kessler ride 176 that I bought for 2 month ago.
I have been ride it for 6 days in isy and slashy conditions and I whey 220 lbs and 182cm long. Riding for 25 years on only camber boards (burton brushe, Ride freestyle, K2 eldorado 168, salomon regulate wide 168, burton supermodel 168, salomon magnum.

And I agree with lott of tings above her is my thoughts

On ice:
Like he said best grip I have seen but you need to reeshape the edges after 2 days.. thats the down side if you want to continue to have that grip.

I agree its a mid stiff board and I feel its to soft for me I cant ride as fast as my stiffest board salomon regulate 168, sounds maybe strange but if you go rely fast and hitt a mogul/bump the nose will bend and throw you upp in the air 30-50 cm and that make you feel a little bit out of control and that didn't happened with the salomon regulate board it just swallowed it and hold the grip. I think maybe Im to heavy for this board even if the board spec say 90-110 kg and I am 110kg.

rely good turning and it turn in the fall line if you carv right. easy to get a low carv angle (euro carving) hard bot style. And the board feels like it 10 cm shorter then it is. hubred rocker feels better on slashy worm snow and powder then on ice. I prefer a regular camber on ice but I love the tiunal alu construction that helps the edge hold. I never had a problems to ride flat with my old salomon bord because i know where my edges are all the time but with the kessler I cant feel the nose and the tail edges because they are 3 mm above the snow.. Mybe it easier for a beginner to ride flat with this board but for me it feels weird and I started to catch edges in the middle of the board just infront of may back foot.

After 2 year research I thought this bord was the shit for me but I dont know today. Maybe a custom made board from kessler is the solution. Or what do you guys think?
01-13-2014 07:10 PM
seriouscat Some quick updates now that I had a handful of days on this board.

1. Grip/edge pressure still is amazing, as long as you are confident and stacking your weight. It won't save you like magnetraction, but if you are riding in good form you can grab onto anything. (If I'm slipping I know I am doing something wrong)

2. Said edge pressure still has a violent release. If you really load the board up on a carve line you better be ready for a carve turn. Sloppy form will get you some hairy moments.

3. I can work it in tight turns moguls/trees almost as well as the raptor now, but different technique (more jump turns etc) are needed. Demolished some choppy packed powder moguls. I do have 40 days more of riding experience since I bought it, so not exactly a fair update. I do stand by the fact that it is a more tiring board to ride than the raptor or anything else I've ridden. Mainly I think from exaggerating front leg movement whenever I am on a camber board.

4. Crazy pop I think solely from the massive camber.

5. calf deep compact pow is not a problem. Haven't taken it to anything deeper since I have better suited equipment. Don't think it's a strong suit but it's not exactly terrible either. I have a cambered 2010 Burton twin for learning park and that thing is much worse in pow despite having less camber.
01-03-2014 10:20 AM

I got to take a look at the Virus Avalanche when I picked up my Kessler. Got to say it is one of the best looking snowboards I have ever seen!
01-03-2014 10:13 AM
Originally Posted by purekarma View Post
Poutanen being in to these types of boards you really need to find a demo day or just bite the bullet and pick one up
Luckily the person who started this thread is a friend who I get to board with a couple times a year, and his bindings and stance are almost identical to my setup, so I get a chance to "demo" it for free! Of course he'll get a chance to demo the Virus on the same day.

Glad you like it! I do believe you get what you pay for most of the time. It's worth talking to Kessler directly to see about deals. I've noticed they're all willing to do something about the price.
01-02-2014 08:16 PM
Kessler Ride

Just wanted to share my experience with my Kessler Ride. I am still pretty new to snowboarding so have no business giving nor want to try and give a full review. The only other boards I have ridden to have some sort of comparison to are Burton Custom Flying V, Lib Tech T Rice Pro, Nidecker Megalight, and Kessler Cross. The Kessler Cross is my G/F's board so it was way too short for me to be riding, and my Kessler Ride is custom made for my bio-metrics. This may be part of the reason I find it incredible to ride.

First thing I will say about this board is I have found it incredibly easy to ride. I can honestly say I have not caught an edge yet on this thing and I have been riding the crap out of it this season. This board has insane speed! Point it downhill and it just goes fast and then faster until finally I have to let off the gas out of fear of killing myself. Funny thing I find is the faster I go the more stable it feels, no chatter whatsoever, and solid as a rock. It flat bases like a dream too. I have not found it hard to turn at all like some other owners have here. Maybe because it is so in tune to my bios? I have ridden it in everything but powder this year and have to say it has been great in everything but bumps and trees. This may be due to my inexperience in riding bumps though. The edge hold on this thing is unreal, and it makes carving easy. It also has amazing pop of of rollers, and has greatly improved my ability to hit and land jumps. I ride an average of 18 to 20 runs a day when I am out on the mountain and have not been tired out by this beast. I have to say this board has brought my riding to another level this year and that is with me being cautious after a nasty season ending injury last year. I haven't even used my other board yet this year.

Was it worth the money? Hell yes, in fact I wouldn't hesitate to have another one ordered when this one is retired. I am a big believer in you get what you pay for and this board has reassured my beliefs. Is it for everyone? Probably not, and the price being in the ludicrous range without bindings will probably scare people away. With the amount of money I spend on this sport I figured what was another $2000 or so. Snowboarding is an expensive sport, but definitely the most rewarding sport I have engaged in. Poutanen being in to these types of boards you really need to find a demo day or just bite the bullet and pick one up
10-18-2013 07:55 PM
Kessler ride 163

I bought the Kessler ride 163 last year and it's about the most fun board I have ever had, at least for freeriding. It floats great in powder, is light and super fast. I ride it with Flow nx something super stiff free ride bindings and Burton driver X boots. I originally set it up with SP mountain freeride bindings but they were not stiff enough, in my opinion.

When I first bought it I took it out on a day when it was about -25c and the slopes were rock hard and difficult to ride. I also had some very close calls and a couple of times hit the deck hard.
I took it home and detuned the edges about 1-2 inches from when it curves towards the contact points, pure carvers will gasp, I know. However, the board is now super playfull and has lost it's carving only very slightly.
Having said that, the board is like riding a Ferrari, it's super fun but requires the rider to pay attention.

I am 170cm / 78kg, other boards I currently own are: Neversummer proto, F1 & SL split, jones solution split, Burton custom
04-22-2013 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by dice View Post
Nice review!

I got this board late last season (in 168) and was blown away by it's performance at every level. It's super fast, ultra damp, with great edge hold on ice and yet very engaging and lively for jumps and what not!

The more I ride it, the more I love it! Takes a little getting used to, but once dialled in, it's an awesome experience!

The only time I got a leg burn is when doing trees (168 remember ) early in the season! Otherwise... for me it's a forgiving easy to mount board that I can ride practically everywhere from 4-8 hrs.

Initially I got this board as my big mountain stick! But I found myself enjoying just as much on all mountains and in all terrains (except trees & glades board is too long for that lol).

I had a video on my GoPro this weekend doing a freshly groomed run blasting by everything & everyone in sight! An amazing diamond trail run. Only to discover the GoPro lens was covered in snow & ice when I got up! uuurrrggg!!! Oh well... I'll try and capture something up on video soon and post for reference!

Thnx for sharing, and look forward to an update down the line.

dice- What is your weight? Im a 108 kg/238 pounds and I think the 175cm fits me better?
03-01-2013 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by seriouscat View Post
Factory base is zero and side is 2 degrees according to APEX.
That's interesting. Virus says their boards ALL come with 0.5 deg base and 2 deg side bevel. I recently had a Burton Custom tuned to those specs and it certainly has more edgehold than it did before.
03-01-2013 06:00 PM
seriouscat Update on technical info.

Factory base is zero and side is 2 degrees according to APEX.
02-27-2013 08:17 PM
Quick Review: Kessler The Ride 158cm

No worries. Yeah the blended sidecuts are so obvious in photos, but hard to see in person.

I thought u'd like the camber.. Or should I say hybrid that's easy for all riders, according to marketing....
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