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Ride Rodeo

- published March 2017

85

2017

RATINGS

Durability
7
Performance
9
Build Quality
7
Weight/Performance
8
Comfort
8
Ease of Use
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight materials
  • Canted footbeds
  • Microdisc doesn’t interfere with flex pattern

THE BAD

  • Webbing on toe strap is unproven
  • Replacement parts hard to find

THE VERDICT

The Ride Rodeo is for the all mountain freestyle rider who wants more flexible bindings and some signature style when it comes to aesthetics. The canted footbeds provided more comfort and better performance—more pop—than similar bindings. Although we liked the Spidey-like look of the webbing on the toe strap, we question its long term durability.  

FULL REVIEW

Ride has a strong track record with innovative design and the Ride Rodeo is no exception. From the webbing on the toe strap, to the microdisk that helps reduce binding interference with the flex pattern of a board, to cool colorway options that include a choice of Rawlings (of baseball glove fame) leather, the Rodeo keeps pushing the design envelope.

DURABILITY 
The aluminum chassis on the Ride Rodeo is burly and weathers a lot of days on the hill well. Same goes for the asymmetrical ankle strap. The heel strap has some interesting looking rubber webbing that works well, but testers wondered how it will perform down the road. 

PERFORMANCE
The Ride Rodeo is on the softer side of all mountain freestyle. The flex of the highback, that is new for this year and is only on this binding, is great for butters. All this flex is thanks to a thinner highback that keeps weight down. A slightly tilted footbed tips the boot at 2.5-degree angle and this helps with pop, especially for riders with wider stances. 

BUILD QUALITY
The build quality on the Ride Rodeo is solid. The buckles include aluminum ratchets that are both light and inspire more confidence than high grade plastics. 

WEIGHT/RESPONSE 
The Ride Rodeo is competitive weight-wise to other bindings we tested. This, paired with the softness of the binding, keeps the action quick but manageable. 

COMFORT
The Ride Rodeo includes a tilted footbed, as mentioned above, that helps with natural alignment. One tester with trashed knees really felt this. The EVA footbed provides plenty of shock absorption. 

EASE OF USE 
The Ride Rodeo has a two piece aluminum chassis so riders can center their stance. This extra step is worth it to fine tune fit. The highback includes a tool-less adjuster. 

How We Tested It

The bindings in this test were used inbounds and off-piste in variable snow conditions at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain, and in the Eastern Sierra as well as at various resorts in Utah.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other snowboard reviews, snowboard boot reviews, and snow goggle reviews along with our snow helmet reviews and other related ski and snowboard gear reviews. 

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$269.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
7
Performance
9
Build Quality
7
Weight/Performance
8
Comfort
8
Ease of Use
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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