The Machete GT is a board that has had my curiosity for some time now. When I first heard about a Ride board coming with a new tech called “Pop Walls” I was very interested. I think I even hyped it to Dave since he loved his original Machete.
Shape: True Twin, Hybrid LowRize
Bindings: 2013 Ride Maestro
Stats: Leo 5’9″ 180lbs stance at 23.5″ regs 18/-12 degrees
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.
Wha? A suped up Machete? Did it really need more? The graphics don’t really do anything for me. For some reason, it reminds of the type of art you see on the K2 fastplant albeit with different colors.
This beast is stiff almost all the way through. The tips do have more play due to the rocker and lack of pop rods. But underfoot and between, it’s pretty burly. Dampness is a non-issue with the Machete GT.
Leo: Forget about jibbing right now. Nothing about the Machete GT screams “Jib with me!!!”. I tried pressing this thing and it reminded of the DH2… just wasn’t happening.
A bit weird. Having the carbon in the sidewall gives the Machete GT a pretty unique characteristic. While it is poppy, the initiation is different. Popping flat almost feels like you aren’t popping at all, but you get up there. Now, popping off your edges is where it’s at. I’m into hitting hips and more often than not, I have to pop off an edge. The Machete GT felt great for popping off an edge.
Awesome. When it comes to just pointing and shooting down a run, the Machete GT kills it. Superbly stable and holds an excellent edge. The micro camber throughout the board doesn’t feel as dead as true flat cambered board. The Pop Walls also lend a helping hand in the carving department. They give you that “springy” feel out of turns and edge transitions. I love that feeling. I was pumping out of turns and just having a blast carving on this thing. Edge to edge power on the Machete GT was also very good.
Price: I believe this board is going to fall into the $540 range.
Summing it up
I really liked the Machete GT. However, it is just too much board for me. I get the sense that the Machete GT is going to excel on the big boy jumps and in the pipe. Two things I will probably never legitimately.