Ride Machete GT : Good Wood 2015
Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Over $450
Slice and dice. Burn and turn. Bash and smash. This high-end, all-terrain board will do all of the above and more. With micro camber that blends into Ride’s LowRize rocker in the tips, it has a nice equilibrium of power and playfulness. Carbon-fiber- and urethane-infused sidewalls along with a generous array of carbon stringers deliver precision and pop when and where you need it. The aspen, bamboo, and paulownia core make it light, strong, and ready to fly.
Available Sizes: 151, 154, 155W, 157, 158W, 160, 161W, 162
“I really like the profile of this whip. Very fun on new snow. Buttery yet stable when throwing down an edge. Very smooth in between turns. Lighter-weight yet poppy. Keyword: smooth.”
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.