Below is a quick overview Ride's snowboard bindings for 2021.
Ride has completely gutted their bindings collection for 2021 and totally revamped everything.
So this isn't going to look like my typical gear overviews, given that every 2020 model is gone and every 2021 model is new.
I will be looking at each binding and puting them into the categories where I see them best fitting - and discuss a little about each binding and what they're closest replacement to any 2020 models might be.
The New 2021 Ride Snowboard Bindings Collection
So with Ride completely overhauling their binding line-up they have new names for everything too. In some ways I really like the naming system - it's really easy to follow, but in other ways I'm not a big fan of it as it's a little boring.
Aluminum vs Composite
All of Ride's 2021 bindings come with either an Aluminum or a Composite chassis/heel cup. And the name of each binding tells you which has which.
Each binding in the line up have a name starting with either the letter "A" or the letter "C", depending on whether they have are aluminum or composite.
The Composite model in each flex-range is slightly cheaper than the Aluminum model
Speaking of flex, the flex of each binding is also in the name. I do like this simplicity, even if it means the names are a little boring.
For example the new Ride A-10 binding has a flex rating of 10/10 (their stiffest binding, naturally) and the A indicates that it has the Aluminum chassis.
There's one more letter that appears in the name and that's "L". This comes in for the women's models - e.g. CL-6, AL-6 etc.
I can only guess the L stands for "Ladies" but if anyone knows for sure, I'm happy to be corrected there.
Ride have all new discs. The discs are compatible with all the most common mounting systems on the market - 2 x 4, the Channel and 4 x 4.
Some models also come with the option of aluminum and plastic discs.
Below I have added a "closest equivalent" to 2020 models. This isn't to say that these are anything like the 2020 counterpart. This has been a complete overhaul, so they're not that similar, but just what's roughly the most similar.
If anyone has any other ideas on what's more similar, I'm happy to hear other opinions. Just leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
RIDE BEGINNER BINDINGS
RIDE PARK/FREESTYLE BINDINGS
RIDE ALL-MOUNTAIN BINDINGS
RIDE ALL-MOUNTAIN-FREERIDE BINDINGS
RIDE FREERIDE BINDINGS
RIDE YOUTH BINDINGS
So there you have the Ride Snowboard Bindings lineup for 2021.
The naming system is warming on me, even just by the end of writing this post. Still feel it's a little boring, but I do like the simplicity and ease of categorization as well as the simplicity in the pricing.
A big move by Ride here, which has apparently been a good few years in the making. I look forward to trying out some of the new bindings, when I get the chance.
For all of Snowboarding Profiles' Ride reviews check out the link below.
Laura hildebrandt says
Hey Nate. I’m looking to get a new pair of bindings to put on my second set up i will use as my powder days board (mens never summer harpoon 152) I was gonna get Super stiff bindings like the womens a10 or a9.
My regular charger board for speed run days is the never summer raptor with womens ride fame bindings.
But now after some research and calling some stores I’m confused about whether I should just buy the stiffer bindings a10 or a9 and put them on my regular board. And take the fan bindings that are a stiffness of six and put them on the power board? What do you recommend. I still wanna have a nice ride once the powder gets chopped up and not be getting tossed around. (Why I love big boards and my regular board is a 159 or somthing bigger then normal for my size.
I don’t do any park or jumps.
Yeah, I would put the stiffer bindings on your Raptor. Definitely want something stiffer to drive a hard charging board like that one. The Harpoon is a softer board and the Fame would pair well with it, IMO. They’re a little soft to be ideal for the Raptor. The A-10 or A-9 would be a better match to the Raptor. So yeah, long story short, I’d definitely go A-10 or A-9 on your Raptor and switch the Fame to your Harpoon.
Hope this helps
Laura hildebrandt says
Why did he totally skip over the series 9 for female and men. ? What does mash into free riding?
Thanks for your message.
This was an overview of the new ride bindings, when they first came out for the 2020-2021 season. They didn’t have the A9, when they first came out. They only came out for the 21-22 season release. I haven’t done a 2022 Ride Bindings overview yet. There wasn’t much that changed beyond the introduction of the A-9 and C-9.
Thanks for the reviews, I find it really helpful because there is not much infos on the new 2021 Ride bindings.
I was wondering if you think the A-4 is to stiff for park riding ?
I mostly ride all mountain but I am scared the highback will be too stiff in those park situations…
On the Ride website they clearly state that it is the Capo highback witch makes no sense because it is the softer A series binding of the line-up and the Capo was known to be super stiff…
I have already ordered them and I am kind of stressing.
Are you sure the highback is just looking like the Capo and not as stiff ? Have you gotten your hands on a pair of A-4 ?
Thanks for your message.
I haven’t specifically ridden the A-4, so I couldn’t say for sure. But I’ve ridden the C-6 and if the 4 series are supposed to be softer, then you shouldn’t have any issues with riding the A-4 in the park.
It is confusing that they refer to it as being the Capo highback and don’t specify that it’s softer, but I don’t think it would be as stiff as the Capo (which I would rate an 8/10, from when I rode it). Somethings that might reassure you. If you go through the video on Ride’s site that explains the naming of their bindings, they clearly state that the A-10 is the stiffest and the A-4 is the softest in the A-Series. Also if you look at the A-8, Ride says that “if you liked the Capo, then this is the binding for you”.
So, I couldn’t say for sure, but I would be very surprised based on all of that, if the A-4 was anywhere near as stiff as the Capo was.
Hope this helps
Hey thanks man!
I appreciate the infos.
I contacted Ride and they in fact confirmed that the highback on the A-4 is indeed the Capo look only and it is softer & way more playful.
They say it’s the best bang for the buck of their 2021 line-up. Really stoked!
Awesome. Good to get that confirmation. If you think of it at the time, let me know what you think, once you’ve had a chance to ride them.