Ride Helix : Good Wood Park 2015
Men’s Snowboards Over $450
The Ride Snowboards family’s prized new member, the Ride Helix. Its freestyle DNA lies in its asymmetric twin shape, one that features a shorter and deeper heelside edge compared to the toeside, creating a better balanced and more anatomically aligned feel. With two separate sets of carbon-fiber additives around the tips and a full camber profile, it’s loaded with pop but not overly stiff. Gummy urethane lines the sidewalls to disperse chatter, jib impact, and generate smooth edge hold.
Available Sizes: 151, 153, 155, 156W, 157, 159, 159W, 162W
“Pure fun park board. I love how dialed the flex and pop is in all areas. Still getting used to the asym, but it seems like it worked well here.”
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there’s something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride 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 often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.