The 2013 Ride Buckwild is a dayglo slap in your face that practically begs you to have more fun. Seriously, it says so right on the board in like three different places. It’s a higher end freestyle board and I haven’t ridden one before so let’s see what it’s all about.
Shape: Twin rocker
Bindings: 2013 Ride Revolt
Stats: Dave 6′ 210 lbs stance at ~24″ regs, 15/-15
Conditions: hardpack, semi-firm groomers not a patch of ice to be found anywhere, well groomed boarder-x course, beginner park features about 30 degrees.
Flex:Fairly above medium flex, torsionally there is some give to this board, felt a shade softer through the center of the board than the tips. This medium-firm park flex, and probably stiffer than some people would like.
Ollie/Pop: How many times do I have to mention that Ride boards don’t disappoint in the pop department? The Buckwild is no exception to that rule, thanks in part to the pop rods but also to the flat zones that give you a good stable platform to pop from. You’ll have no trouble getting on rails or park features with this board, or sending it down the triple line, or boosting out of the pipe with the Buckwild.
Jibs/Playfulness:The Buckwild can kinda hold its own on jibs but it’s not overly playful, for a park board consider this to be more of a jumps & pipe board than a rails & jibs board.
Handling:This is where the Buckwild really surprised me because it doesn’t ride like a freestyle board. It’s fast, poppy, maneuvers quickly and has good edgehold and control even in crummy conditions. The Buckwild actually handles like a pretty legit all-mountain board it’s not going to limit your options outside the terrain park, so feel free to take this board just about anywhere.
Pricing: The Ride Buckwild retails for about $489.
Summing it up:The Buckwild has great pop, carves responsively and holds a good edge. It actually felt like I was riding an all mountain board more than a park board. For some riders this is a good thing but for other riders it’s not. If you’re looking for a board that’s gonna eat up man-sized jumps, a board that’s not going to fold or washout when you land tail heavy or under hard-charging conditions, the Buckwild might just be the answer. Recommended for the intermediate to advanced freestyle rider who doesn’t want just another “park” board.