Hello and welcome to my Ride Rodeo snowboard bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the Rodeos as freestyle snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Rodeos a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle bindings.
Bindings: Ride Rodeo
Price: $249 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: Beginner
Flex: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 84.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Bindings
Out of all the Men’s Freestyle bindings that I rated:
- I looked at 20 different Men’s Freestyle bindings
- The average score was 75.1/100
- The highest score was 94.7/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 45.8/100
- The average price was $205
- The Rodeos ranked 4th out of 20
The Rodeos are available in the following:
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|Medium||5.0 - 9.0||36.5 - 42.0||4.0 - 8.0|
|Large||8.0 - 12.0||40.5 - 46.0||7.0 - 11.0|
|Extra Large||11.0 & up||45.0 & up||10.0 & up|
Who are the Rodeo’s Most Suited to?
When rated for use as other types of bindings the Rodeo’s received the following scores:
- As Freestyle Bindings = 84.2/100
- As Beginner Bindings = 85.5/100
- As All Mountain Bindings = 79.5/100
- As Freeride Bindings = 68.8/100
So, they rate well as Freestyle bindings but would also do a good job as beginner bindings.
But for anyone wanting to hit the park doing jibs, jumps, tricks, tweaking grabs etc, the Rodeos are an awesome tool for the job.
They’ll hold their own on the rest of the mountain – particularly if you are riding freestyle on the rest of the mountain – but where they really shine is in the park.
The Rodeos in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Rodeos are capable of.
Bindings: Ride Rodeo 2017, Large
Date: April 16, 2016
Conditions: Hard packed with some icy patches in the morning, turned more slushy in the afternoon.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
The Rodeos have that nice medium-soft flex that’s great for hitting jibs, tweaking grabs and generally being pretty forgiving and flexy for park riding.
They have a flex rating of 4/10 which is just what you want for park riding really – maybe a bit stiffer if you’re hitting extra-large jumps but for everything else 4/10 is awesome.
It’s also a great flex for beginners.
The Rodeos were really easy to butter. They flexed nicely and they’ve got a mini-disc and you really feel them flex with the board. There was really a very minimal dead zone because of those mini discs.
They’re pretty standard in terms of adjustability – but pretty standard is pretty good these days. You have tool-less adjustability of the toe strap, ankle strap and high back lean.
You can also adjust the heel cup.
Shock absorption is so important for freestyle riding – and that’s where these bindings really come to the party. They’ve got awesome shock absorption – which is really nice when you’re landing tricks and jumps all day and hitting jibs.
There’s plenty of EVA padding in the base and this is the main reason for the great shock absorption – also the canting in the footbed helps with this.
The Ratchet system is pretty smooth, making it pretty easy to get in and out of them. It’s not the best I’ve seen but as good as you need it.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Learn more about the tech in the Rodeo in the video below.
I found these bindings super comfortable. Which is always nice, right!
That comfort comes down to a few different factors:
- The straps wrapped nicely around my boots with no pressure points
- The EVA padding that helps shock absorption also makes these bindings really comfortable
- The Canted footbed (what Ride calls their Wedgie Footbed) helps for better alignment of your ankles, knees and hips making things more comfortable – particularly when you’re riding for long periods of time.
Whilst there’s plenty of flex in the bindings side to side, the responsiveness isn’t actually too bad. Part of that is down to the high back being stiffer towards the base. It’s softer the higher you go so you can really get that tweakability but then stiffens up towards the bottom so you still get decent response heel to toe.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
The Rodeos are awesome for freestyle riding – for any level of freestyler. I had a blast on these bindings in the park.
They’d also make great beginner bindings if you’re just starting out on a snowboard.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in the Rodeos and want to learn more, or are ready to buy, or want to research prices and available sizes, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freestyle options or see how the Rodeos compared to other men’s freestyle bindings check out the link below.