Expert Review: Ride Zero Snowboard · 2022Published on 11/28/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Gabe Harris
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Ride Zero is a very playful board for any level of rider. It has great pop and is good for riding in the park. I used it as my all-around resort board last year and it was great.
About the snowboard I own
- Model: 2022 Ride Zero
- Size: 155cm
- Height: 5’9”
- Weight: 160lbs
- Experience: 16 years of snowboarding
- When I bought this: November 2021
- Days tested: 80
- Mount position: 12 degrees, negative 6
- Boots: 2022 Vans Hi Standards
- Boot Size: 10.5
- Bindings: 2022 Ride A-9
- Where I’ve used it: Brighton, Timberline, Snowbasin, Snowbird
- Terrain: Resort riding in Utah and Oregon. All mountain and terrain park.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking to get a good board for the park. Knowing the Zero was a softer board, I ended up trying it out. I also wanted a board with some good camber. And it turned out to fit my needs.
Why I chose this gear
I’ve always enjoyed Ride boards. The Zero is the softest board they make right now, so I figured it’d be a good board for the park. It ended up fitting all my mountain riding needs, so I stuck with it as my daily. I was debating on either this or the Ride Burnout, which has a more flat profile with a less curled nose and tail. The Zero ended up fitting my preferences in camber, stiffness, and overall shape.
What I love about it
- Speed: This board holds up great at high speeds. Although it’s a softer-terrain park board, the shape and contact points on it make it very easy to transfer edges and maintain high speeds.
- Edge hold: Edge hold is as good as any other board I’ve ridden as well. Just like high speeds, the shape and contact points on the Zero make it easy to transfer edges. The contact points make it easy to hold an edge at any speed.
- Turns: Turns are pretty average on this board for what I can get out there. Still very easy to make turns and to do them quickly. Although it’s a softer board, it is very responsive when it comes to making turns. It wouldn’t be my top tier turning board, but it still does the job very well.
- Groomers: Groomers are very good on this board. The shape and camber on this make it very flexible and easy to play around on groomers. When it comes to making hard carves, this board lacks the stiffness and shape that I want.
- Trees: Tree runs are easy to do on this board. With the low stiffness on it, it is easy to go over bumps and make quick turns to avoid trees.
- Park: Park is where this board shines the most. It’s very soft, which enables me to get on and off the rails very easily. The camber gives it good pop which helps on rails and takeoffs on jumps. For those big into pressing on the tail or nose, this is the board to get.
- Durability: For being a soft board, this board's durability is great. Even after 80ish days hitting all sorts of rails and big jumps. There is no damage on this board. The base has stayed in great shape and is easy to go fast on still.
- Weight: This board is very light, which makes it easy to jump and spin, and makes it easy to control and do what I want. For a park board, I usually want a lighter board to help me do tricks.
- Switch riding: Switch riding is another main strong suit of this board. Because of the true twin shape, I can easily forget what side is the nose and what side is the tail. I do not feel any difference in the board when riding switch versus regular.
- Stability: This board is on the medium end as stable. Because of how soft it is, it can feel a little loose when buttering around or going high speed. When hitting bigger jumps, there isn’t much board chatter but I can feel the board bending horizontally when turning at high speeds. Whereas on a stiffer deck, I only find the board to bend vertically from tail to nose. I can still hit 50-plus jumps on this without any problem, but it isn’t my top choice for stability.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: Because of the twin shape, as well as how soft this board is, it isn’t ideal for riding in pow. It doesn’t float very well and can be hard to make turns when in deep snow. Oftentimes, I feel like I’m sinking rather than floating.
- Moguls: Moguls aren’t bad on this board, but because of how soft it is it wouldn’t be what I want to ride a lot of moguls. A stiffer directional twin would be a better option. Because of how soft this board is and the twin shape, it isn’t very aggressive, which is what I need to go through moguls well.
- Backcountry: Same as powder, this board's shape and profile makes it hard to ride in the backcountry. It is a true twin with a soft flexibility rating. So when riding steep terrain and heavy snow, it might be hard to keep that nose above snow.
Favorite moment with this gear
With how often I snowboard, I don’t think there is a specific experience I’ve had with this board that I remember. Instead, it was more of how I was able to learn a bunch of new things on this board that probably wouldn’t have been as easy on a different board. Last year when I got this board, I wasn’t very good at pressing or spinning on to rails. I quickly realized with how playful and soft the board was, it was easy to spin on and off of rails. When I started trying to press, I realized the board bent a lot easier than previous boards of mine, nose presses especially. Over a quick period of time, I had gained a lot of new tricks and I give a lot of thanks to the board for making it easier.
Value for the money vs. other options
The price-to-quality ratio of this board is insane. I think it is an amazing board to get for its price. There are many boards that people are spending way more on that won’t even provide the experience the Zero does. For those looking for a good park board, this would be a great board to spend the money on. One comparison to the Zero would be the Ride Benchwarmer. It has the same shape but has a more aggressive camber, and is a little stiffer. They are both priced about the same but just perform a little differently.
For an overall standpoint, this is a must try board. It feels great in so many conditions and is very durable. It’s easy to learn tricks on and cruise around the mountain. It’s lightweight and performs well in many situations.