Expert Review: Ride Agenda Snowboard · 2023Published on 11/10/2022 · 5 min read This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
Myself jumping off a building with the ride Agenda. Photo courtesy of Luke Williams
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The Ride Agenda is the perfect board for the beginner rider who wants a maneuverable, durable board. The board is also perfect for the advanced park rider who wants a board on the cheaper side and holds its reliability.
About the board I own
- Model: 2023 Ride Agenda
- Size: 155cm
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 145lbs
- Experience: 10 years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days tested: This was my daily driver this winter. I rode it every day.
- Mount position: 22 in stance, 3, -3, binding position.
- Boots: 2023 Ride Fuse
- Boot Size: 9
- Bindings: 2023 Ride C-8
- Where I’ve used it: Mountain Creek, NJ
- Terrain: Park, groomers, and street
How it performs
What I was looking for
I needed a new board for street snowboarding. I film street and I needed a durable board that can take hits but also have good pop and feel. I also needed something that was on the softer side for better maneuverability.
Why I chose this gear
I got this board based off of the way it looked. It has a sleek design and simple pattern. It looks similar to how boards in the 90s looked. The board also bodes well from a durability sense from what I was told by others who have ridden it. It was also reported to be on the softer side, which I like. I also was considering the Ride Kink and Burnout. I picked the Agenda because it was a new board I had never ridden.
What I love about it
- Speed: The board holds up well at high speeds. It is stable and comfortable to ride. The larger sizes like the 155 and up do have a bit of chatter if I am pointing it down the mountain, but it does not feel sketchy.
- Edge hold: One of the best holds I have experienced on any board. I can initiate a turn and cut hard almost 90 degrees and have no slip. This is a plus for tighter spots if one street boards or needs to get around a tree.
- Turns: The first turn is always the best; it initiates well and I can hold my turn. The board, however, is on the softer side. So while I can initiate well, I don't have as much power in my turn as a stiffer all-mountain board would.
- Groomers: This is where this board excels: beginners are able to learn how to turn and not feel unsafe due to its stability. The board is fun on side hits and just feels right under my feet.
- Trees: This board does well in trees due to its maneuverability. The profile is light and not heavy, which helps when trying to stay on my toes.
- Park: This board excels in the park. The camber between the feet allows for a great pop. The board is on the softer side, which usually takes away from a board’s pop, but not here. The board is soft and has great pop, which is great for pressing and rotations on rails. The board does chatter a bit when at high speeds, which may sketch out some jump riders.
- Durability: This board excels with durability. I have literally run into walls, rails, and even a car and I have had no real damage.
- Weight: This board is quite light and comes in around five pounds. It is light on my feet and does not feel like I’m lugging it around.
- Switch riding: This is a twin board, so it feels the same switch as it does when I ride my set way (goofy/regular).
- Stability: I have never felt unsafe on this board or felt a loss of balance.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: This board has a decent float, but due to it being a softer board I would not recommend it for powder. The board will be difficult to generate power and in very deep powder it will most likely sink due to its twin shape.
- Moguls: Again, due to the board being softer, it can wash out in super bumpy conditions. With quick turns it is great, but, overall, riding in moguls would be a challenge.
- Backcountry: The deeper the snow, the more I sink. This board is not designed for backcountry. Due to it being softer, it is hard to generate power.
Favorite moment with this gear
I got some of my best street clips this year on this board. I love it. It’s reliable, soft, and has good pop. I did a no comply off a building with this board and I never once felt uncomfortable.
Value for the money vs. other options
The competitor for this board is Salomon Sleepwalker, or the GNU Money. They’re both good boards, but where I think the Agenda excels is its durability. Yes, it is slightly more expensive than the Sleepwalker, but the Agenda will last longer in my opinion. The value is great for a budget board.
Overall, this board will unlock turns for beginner riders. It has a great turn initiation and durability. It’s great for the beginner rider who wants a board that will last. The board will also do great for the rail park rider who's looking for a cheap, durable board.