The Ride Crush is the answer to someone who wants to do a lot of park and all mountain riding.
The board has a twin shape, so there will be no difference if you are riding or landing switch. It has Ride’s Lowrize rocker profile, which has a large flat section underneath the bindings, and a subtle rocker at the tip and tail which lifts the contact point away from the snow.
It uses their Cleave Edges which are basically thicker edges, made to give more strength and take more of a beating on rails. The Slimewall sidewalls on this board are made from urethane (same material as skateboard wheels) and are designed to absorb impacts rather than defend against them. They also help reduce chatter by absorbing vibrations.
I have owned a Crush (the original version) for a few years and have put in over 100 days of riding on it, so I do know all of its strengths and weaknesses.
It was my first rocker board, and being a Lowrise it wasn’t a crazy transition from camber. I liked being able to butter with less effort, and I didn’t notice a major lack in edge hold.
Although it has an extruded (slower than sintered) base, I waxed it regularly and had no problem problems at all with speed, I was able to easily beat friends on well maintained sintered boards down the hill.
Lucky for me, I don’t care about the look of a board, only with how it rides. At least in the past few years the graphics have improved.
I would have to say that I am a believer in Slimewalls, as I was quite rough on the board. I spent a lot of time on rails, boxes and bonking things around the mountain. I have 5 cracks on the edges on my Crush, and as far as I can see they are cracked right through. Interestingly enough, there is no damage to the sidewall, so I assume that have done their job in absorbing impacts.
On another board, taking hits big enough to crack edges would most likely cause some serious sidewall damage, which is normally very hard to repair and results in weak spots, though I am pretty happy with how mine has held up.
Although I have cracked edges, I treated the board pretty roughly, and it is still perfectly rideable. I wouldn’t really expect most boards to be able to take that kind of a beating.
If you have bigger feet, size 11 and above, the Crush also comes in a wide version.
Check out what rider Tyy Clark does on his Ride Crush