Ride Alter Ego

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The Alter Ego’s lively directional shape had our testers hooked. “This board is stiff, aggressive, and awesome! It powers through turns in chop even at high speeds, and it’s quick enough to whip around anywhere on the mountain,” one tester wrote. Others dug its spring-like edge-to-edge transfer and deep sidecut, noting, “It flexes like its on independent suspension snapping right into the next edge.” Loaded with tech like urethane and carbon sidewalls, which offer dampening and zing at the edges, along with an array of carbon fiber stringers in the tip and tail make it explode out of ollies and turns and cling to the surface at high speeds. Combined with a fine-tuned wood core, the Alter Ego has a polished, performance ride that our testers couldn’t get enough of. “This board rules. The buttery smooth flex was awesome whether riding slow, fast, choppy, slush, ice, whatever,” another added. Others were amazed at how well its split tail design held up, too. “I was surprised with how much pop was retained it the split tail, it supports a hard turn well,” one tester noted. With generous rocker in the nose and the optional swallowtail, it was made to crush powder, too. For those familiar with Ride’s other offerings, heed this description: “If you’re looking for a directional powder gun, this board is pretty radical. It reminds me of a Ride Berzerker with a looser tail and a little more directional feel.”

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)

155 – 8.4/7.1/8.1 – 24.6
159 – 8.5/7.2/8.2 – 24.8
162 – 8.7/7.4/8.4 – 25.0
160W – 8.65/7.35/8.35 – 26.1
164W– 8.9/7.6/8.6 – 26.4

Flex: 4/10 (with tail unclipped) 7/10 (with tail clipped)

Camber: Directional Hybrid Rocker—positive camber from outside of bindings to larger rocker in the nose and shorter rocker area in the tail.

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $600.00
Brand Name

Ride

Product Type
Style

All Mountain

Gender

Mens

Length

155, 159, 162, 160W, 164W​

Camber

Directional Hybrid Rocker (Positive camber from outside of bindings to larger rocker in the nose and shorter rocker area in the tail.)(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here i

Flex

4/10 (with tail unclipped) 7/10 (with tail clipped)

Sidecut
Manufacturers URL

http://www.RIDEsnowboards.com

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “Such a ripping board, and opening the tail adds much more flex and surf. Impressive innovation.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

Tester Quote: “Such a ripping board, and opening the tail adds much more flex and surf. Impressive innovation.”

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With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.