Ride Compact: Best Women’s Snowboards
I tested the Ride Compact at a snowboard demo a few years ago and really liked it, despite my bias against park snowboards at the time. The Ride Compact Snowboard is an all-mountain twin that is a great ride on groomers, in the park and around the mountain. It’s got a softer flex, which makes it good for beginners but also forgiving in the park. It’s fun for general carving and holds a pretty steady edge, though it did wash out at really high speeds. The light design makes it playful–messing around with flat-land-tricks like butters and manuals are no problem. Basic beginner turns and riding switch were easy.
The Ride Compact is a great option if you are looking for a nice snowboard to handle the whole mountain. It’s forgiving and soft so a new rider can easily handle it, yet it has enough substance for an intermediate or advanced snowboarder. Beginners won’t need to upgrade to a more advanced snowboard when they progress their riding, making it an all-around good value.
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What size snowboard to buy?
Select the snowboard size based on your weight according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you are between sizes, going with the smaller size can be easier to learn on. Snowboarders can often ride more than one size of the same snowboard.