Ride Capo snowboard bindings are a high end all mountain snowboard binding. There manufactured quality is unparralled and I’d highly recommend them to anybody who loves to roam the mountain.
These are the bindings I personally ride on regularly. So this review will have a bit more personality to it. I love these bindings and it’s rare for me to find something I like better than them( …although I’m seriously contemplating some step in style ones for next season).
Anyway, if you’re a snowboarder who loves cruising the mountains, riding trees, and hitting bowls. These are bindings that you’ll love.
They’re like a dream I don’t wanna wake up from.
Ride Capo Basic Stats:
Binding Adjustments: 4
Stance Adjustments: 3.5
Ratchet System: 4
Shock Absorbing: 4
Aggregate Score: 3.92
The Capo bindings have a bit of a stiffness to them, this means split second/precision maneuvering is possible. It also means they aren’t very forgiving. In general reality, the more stiff things get, the more difficult the park is. However to each their own, if you can do it. Then shred on.
The comfort factor of these bindings is unbelievable. I think it comes from the wedgie system. You’ll notice around a half inch to an inch of foam lines the binding where you place your foot. This is called the wedgie system, and they are manufactured to give you a comfortable ride.
It lives up to the hype…trust me.
Bindings strap adjustments are simple and take a few seconds. You just pull a lever, make the strap whatever length you want it, and then flip the lever back.
I rated this a little bit lower as it’s not a channel system and you still have to unscrew 4 screws per binding. They binding gives lots of different ways to adjust stance width.
These ratchets are pretty awesome. Take extra care in icy snow conditions as it can get caught in the ratchet and be annoying. However a fit hits to the side of it and everything will get locked loose.
Due to the amazing invention of the wedgie system, the ride capo bindings can absorb a lot of shock. I’ve used mine for 4-5 years and they continue to take a lot of punishment.
Ride Capo: Terrain Types:
These bindings are excellent for most terrain types, and they excel greatly when focusing on all mountain and freeride shredding. They are built specifically for aggressive riders and the wedge footbed still gives you an easy and comfortable ride.
On a 1-10 scale with 1 being soft and 10 being stiff, they rate as a 7. I’ve seen them classified as medium/stiff on other websites but they seem to be in the same vein of thought at least.
Stiffer bindings will give you more support and stability at high speed, and they still have excellent response. This is given to you through sturdy aluminum which does make the binding way a slight amount more.
Binding Skill Level:
The skill level for these happen to be intermediate to expert level. You could probably still learn on these, but they do bite hared into the snow and when you’re learning I always recommend a softer binding.
What Are The Bindings Made Of?
The Ride Capo baseplate is manufactured for high quality aluminum and the baseplate has a lifetime warranty. A lot of bindings made of plastic will flex out, and be useless a few seasons after buying them (depending on use).
With high quality aluminum you won’t have to worry about flex and even if you find some way to damage them, you have the lifetime warranty. So if they’re damaged reach out to ride and tell them your awesome story.
The highback is made from a strong nylon blend.
Ride Capo Weight:
Due to the aluminum construction, they do weigh quite a bit more than a normal plastic binding. However their durability and continued responsiveness balances that out extremely well.
Ride Capo: In The Trees Of Vail
My first experience in the blue sky basin at Vail was on my GNU Riders Choice with a pair of ride capo snowboard bindings. I noticed the board was super responsive, had a ton of speed, and I was able to avoid a lot of trouble on it. (not off the mountain though)
While the Ride Capo bindings were only a part of it, combined with my DC Scouts, and my Riders Choices I had an epic machine to shred on.
As an all mountain binding. I’d highly recommend it.
Ride Capo/GNU Stance Fix:
As a side note, I thought I’d write out how I fixed my snowboard/binding combo. Sometimes there’s an issue with your setup, and you don’t know what to do. When this happens, I’ll try and find the issue, but sometimes I’ll zero everything out and start over from scratch. That’s what I recommend more often than not.
Rules To Shred By:
Make sure the bindings are centered on the board. If you remember I’d put them on a setback stance, that was causing me to be farther away from my effective edge. This gave me a floating feeling that wasn’t good.
Double check your toe/heel overhang. Make sure your board is wide enough or your boots are small enough to ride the current size of board. The overhang should be equal on both sides.
Adjust the highbacks to force your knees into a bend. Don’t make it too extreme but you wanna have an athletic stance on this board.
If you don’t have a pair of these yet, I’d highly recommend you get yourself a pair. These bindings are highly maneuverable especially when you’re riding in the trees. Purchase a pair below from Amazon If You’re In the Market.