Ride Slackcountry - 2011

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The Slackcountry UL is Ride’s top-of-the-range all-mountain snowboard. This board has been built to give freeriders the versatility to ride the whole mountain, including groomers and park, but definitely focuses on giving an effortless, stable and dampened ride in the crud and pow. A slightly set-back stance, lightweight construction and HighRize Rocker mean that last seasons Concept UL has fused with the legendary Slackcountry into a serious backcountry slayer.

Manufacturer's Description:

The Slackcountry UL features our HighRize rocker that provides a slightly higher rocker in the front board to float above it all and plow through crud, while its twinish shape adds versatility for riding switch and slashing groomers. Built with the new Hempbrain top sheet for an ultra-light design and eco-friendly flair. With UL techs abound, you’ll float in the pow like you’ve always dreamt, but don’t bother pinching yourself ‘cause this Ride’s for real.

Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding High cost snowboard Rocker construction Directional Shape Green or Eco Friendly construction

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
157, 161, 164, 168

Riding Style: Freeride

Specifications:

Thin Con construction
UL Steel edges
90A Slimewalls
Hempbrain topsheet
HighRize Rocker
Carbon Array 7 reinforcement
Silencer 7 dampening
Pop Glass
Linear Carbon
UL high grade sintered base
¾” Setback
FLEX 7/10

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Snowboard Review:

The idea behind the Slackcountry was to produce a freeride/powder board which is also fun to ride in less than perfect conditions and for having tons of fun on the way to the snow loaded parts of the mountain. This was never going to be easy – the demands of the 2010 jibber don’t really balance with the requirements of powder boards. While you probably wouldn’t choose to take this board on rails, it is crazy-fun to ride and much more versatile than most powder boards. The medium stiffness of the rocker is still surprisingly jibbable and I have never before tried buttering and pressing on a freeride board, but the Slackcountry was great for it. It definitely didn’t feel like a 161cm, which is way longer than what I normally ride, and I could press away on this to my heart’s content. So you might start to think that this isn’t really a freeride board – but that isn’t the case. Carving the Slackcountry feels great, it pops out of turns almost like a cambered board and holds edges right through the turn radius. In powder the Slackcountry is truly at home, floating above even the heaviest spring snow and cutting across crud, gliding over the white stuff like Tony Montana. This board isn’t a swallow tail and no doubt gives up a lot in performance to pure freeride thoroughbreds, but if you want something fun that performs better than your average all mountain shred in the deep stuff, then this is the board for you. A powder board that works switch… inspired design by the guys at Ride.

Posted by Ben Molloy in • Ride

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