Ride Rodeo Binding ReviewMarch 29, 2017
- Lightweight materials
- Canted footbeds
- Microdisc doesn’t interfere with flex pattern
- Webbing on toe strap is unproven
- Replacement parts hard to find
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.