This review will rate the Agenda on how it rates as a beginner board (rather than as a freestyle board).
Let’s see just how good the Agenda will be for beginners.
Product: Ride Agenda Snowboard
Price: $329.00 (USD) recommended retail
Flex: Medium-Soft (3/10)
My rating: 98.5/100
Quick Glance at the Specs
If you are considering this board here’s a quick look at some of the board’s specs.
|Style||Beginner/Freestyle||Flex||Medium-Soft (3 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Beginner to Intermediate||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Medium Snow|
O.k. let’s take a look at the Agenda in detail.
Stability and Turn Initiation
The Ride Agenda has a flat to rocker camber profile which is great for beginners. The flat section between the feet and under the feet offers stability and the rocker sections towards the tip and tail makes it easier to initiate turns and reduces the chances of catching an edge.
Stability score = 5/5
Turn Initiation = 5/5
The Agenda ticks has what I would consider the ideal flex for a beginner board – medium-soft.
Ride rates the Agenda a 3 out of 10 in terms of flex, and I’d agree with this (1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest). Again, this is ideal for the beginner and makes the Agenda easy to control and forgiving of errors.
But at the same time not so soft that it affects edge-hold too much.
Flex rating score = 5/5
The Agenda is really reasonably priced. Understandably beginners are typically willing to invest less in their first snowboard so in my opinion a new beginners board should be anywhere from $299 to $399 (USD).
Obviously the cheaper the better (unless money isn’t a factor for you) so the cheaper the board the better the score it will get for price. The Agenda is $359 which is a really reasonable price for a new snowboard. If you can find a previous season’s model you could get it even cheaper.
For perspective the average price of 44 boards I rated as beginner boards was $451.
Price score = 4.5/5
Getting the right sized snowboard is important at every level – but particularly for beginners. The right sized board for your weight, height and ability level will help to speed up your progression.
There seems to be plenty of sizing options for the Agenda both in terms of length and width – see table below.
|Waist Width (mm)||246||249||252||255||258||261||264|
|Weight Range (kgs)||34-57||45-68||57-80||59-82||57-80||68-91+||73-100+|
|Weight Range (lbs)||75-125||100-150||125-175||130-180||125-175||150-200+||160-220+|
Shape & Stance
The best shape for a beginner snowboard is a true twin shape and the best stance is a centered stance, IMO.
These two things help the beginner to get their balance and helps with easy balance whilst progressing. The Agenda has both a centered stance and a true twin shape.
Shape score = 5/5
Stance score = 5/5
The Agenda has an Extruded base. This is the best base for beginners as it isn’t as fast (which is a good thing for a beginner) and reduces the cost of the snowboard. It’s also lower maintenance than a sintered base.
Base score = 5/5
The Final Score
Now let’s see how the Agenda did overall.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
The Agenda, as a Beginners board really ticks all the boxes and would be the perfect choice as a board to learn on – and at a reasonable price. No surprise then that it made my list of the Top 5 Men’s Beginner Snowboards.