** No changes for 2017, this review was carried over from 2016
Board: 2016 Ride Machete
Type: All Mountain Freestyle Twin
Camber Option: “LowRize Rocker” - primarily flat with just a bit of rocker on the tip and tail lifting the contact points.
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Conditions: Packed powder with overcast skies
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: Ride did a really great job complimenting the flat camber profile of the Machete with the addition of several carbon stringers. The board felt pretty stiff without bindings, although it ended up being a playful ride on snow. It surprised me by dishing out a lot more pop than I thought could come out of this flat camber snowboard. You can expect this to be a capable board inside and outside of the park.
Carving: Carving felt good on this guy, it was responsive and pretty quick edge to edge. It even provided a little spring exiting quick carves despite the flat camber.
Edge Hold: The rocker in the tips sacrifices edge hold a little on the Machete, it felt a little loose doing higher impact carves. It still did great getting around but the tail started sliding out unexpectedly in some of my turns.
Flex: Consistent predictable flex throughout the whole length of the board.
Stability: For an all mountain board I’d say the Machete was middle of the road stability wise, definitely more stable than most any park board you’d ride though. It absorbed chatter well and had some support if you landed a little back seat on a jump.
Butters: I noticed the carbon stringers wanted to work against me when doing presses and butters. This made it a little more difficult but it was manageable once I felt it out. It did give a solid spring popping out of butters, which was fun.
Jibbing: Flat camber snowboards are usually lots of fun on jibs and the Machete was no exception. It felt great locking into rails, and sliding sideways was no problem. The carbon does make pressing more difficult and more of a balancing act though.
Jumps: You can take this board off some pretty big jumps with confidence; it has solid stability in the nose and tail to help center your weight on landings if you need it. This isn't a board that will immediately wash out if you land with your weight a bit over the tail.
Pop/Snap: This is my favorite part about this board. The carbon stringers give it an insane amount of pop; it really gives you a lot of boost with very minimal effort. It took me by surprise the first couple of times I popped onto a feature.
Switch: No noticeable difference riding switch vs normal.
Recommendations: The rider looking for a do-it-all type of snowboard that can go anywhere and handle well. The flat camber is going to help with rail riding, while the carbon stringers loaded up in this deck make sure it wont let you down outside of the park. If you like shredding the whole mountain, but also want to hit some jib and park features the Ride Machete is a good choice for you.
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