Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: North of Tampa, FL
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2011 Ride DH2 and 2012 Ride Capo reviews...
First off let's start with the 2011 Ride DH2 board... my first impression was "this thing loves speed!". The flat base made it super stable bombing runs. Rarely were there people going past me on the mountain, this thing just gave a ton of confidence going fast where there were times I wanted to just see how fast I could go down a run. Now it has micro rocker in the tips which honestly is barely any at all. We all know rocker gives that catch free feel, well this is MICRO rocker and don't let the rocker word fool you that it will be catch free. It rides almost like a camber board but more stable feeling IMO. The board is rated at a 7 level of flex, 10 being the stiffest. It has plenty of flex to be fun but is definitely rigid when cruising. They say the board was designed to be a massive jump taker, I couldn't comment on that because I'm not nearly good enough to hit the jumps people throw double corks off of. The jumps I did pop off of though the landing always felt like I really stomped it and was solid.
Overall I would say the board is a speed demon with lots of confidence. It slices through the chop and holds steady pretty damn good. I think it might not be playful enough for someone looking to do rails or even learning tricks off jumps because it will catch the edge if you let it. I think I could say it is a perfect board if it had a little more rocker but that's my opinion.
Now onto the brand new 2012 Ride Capo bindings... setting them up was pretty easy. Me having a bigger foot even with some wide boards I would get toe drag. There are so many fine tuning adjustments on these that I have it dead centered where the toes hit at the angle the heels hit. They are comfortable bindings and straps but I will say that the Ride toe grip system may not be the most durable. With about 6 days riding the top part of the webbing had snapped or looked slashed. It didn't effect how they fit or anything but it makes me wonder if they would last a full season without eventually being all torn up. I believe Ride replaces them free of charge though so I'm not too concerned. The buckles/ratchet system worked smooth but the one day I had some snow jammed up in there that kept loosening the strap on it's own, once it melted it was fine and held tight. I'm not sure if other bindings have had this happen or not.
Overall the bindings on the other hand I can't really say they are worth the $260. Yes they are comfortable and allowed me to setup so I wouldn't encounter heel or toe drag but they are pricey and I think I could have gotten away with something cheaper. I was impressed though that after 10 days of riding not a single screw needed to be tightened and they held solid. I think a longer term test might really be needed to justify the serious expense. They market it as a tool less adjustment straps, which yes is nice, BUT I'm pretty sure most of us set our boots into the bindings at home and make every adjustment we can before hitting the mountain.