The Kink has been a staple of Ride’s snowboard lineup for years and this price-point freestyle deck probably isn’t going away any time soon. It’s a full rocker freestyle board so it should be a pretty loose and playful ride.
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.
The Kink is about a medium-soft park flex, pretty loose both torsionally and lengthwise but not overly soft like a wet noodle.
Although a certain Brit landed a bootgrab triple flip on one of these I wouldn’t peg it as a “jump” board, but it’s definitely got the balls to take most jumps with ease, and as Ride snowboards tend to, it has plenty of pop to get you on to almost any rail or streetstyle feature in your local terrain park.
It’s got the pop to get you there and the flex to make it easy, the Ride Kink is basically designed for jibbing and being a pretty playful board and it doesn’t disappoint in this area.
As you’d expect from a softer, park-focused board this one is going to chatter at speed, but it was responsive and edges well for shorter and quicker carves. The Kink is plenty to get you through most of the park. Ride’s “twin rocker” is forgiving enough without being washy, thanks to minimal rocker and extended flat zones outside the inserts.
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Summing it up:
The Ride Kink is a pretty basic freestyle board. Not a ton of bells and whistles but it does the job. As softer boards are typically recommended for beginners, this would be a reasonably affordable option for most beginner snowboarders, and will grow with them for a bit if they want to start riding more in the park or freestyle type riding. This is also a budget-friendly option for the intermediate or advanced rider who spends most of his time in the park..