Ride Lowride Review

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The Ride Lowride is a soft, flexible starter board that appeals to younger riders. Kids will outgrow the small sizes relatively quickly, but the board should hold up well enough to be reactivated as a hand-me-down.

The features of this youth snowboard make it easy for kids to handle, Ride Lowride reviews say. This snowboard has the softest flex in the Ride lineup, a 1 out of 10. Ride's new Gummy Core combines a wooden core with a strip of foam to make the board lighter and easier for small riders to manipulate. A snowboard review at Snowboards.net points out that the LowRize rocker shape brings the edges of the board off the snow to keep them from catching and knocking kids off-balance. Sizes go up to only 130 cm.

A couple of Ride Lowride reviews by young boarders on the Ride Snowboards' website suggest that this cheap board catches kids' eyes. It has a true twin shape, meaning the ends are symmetrical, so the board can easily be ridden in both regular and goofy stances. That makes it ideal for children who haven't figured out yet which foot they prefer in front. The Ride Lowride (starting at $170, Amazon) features an extruded base, which is inexpensive and easy to maintain.

Ride makes an equivalent board for girls called the Blush, which is swathed in a more feminine, primarily pink graphic. Like the Lowride, it features a Gummy Core, LowRize rocker, and super-soft flex. A young rider who posted a Ride Blush review on the company's website still finds it too stiff, but says it's lightweight and makes a solid starter board.

Both the Lowride and the Blush seem to have what it takes to help children learn the ropes and stick with them as they progress from beginner to intermediate.

Kara Reinhardt

Kara Reinhardt is managing editor of Cheapism.com. She has contributed to outlets including NBC News' Today Money, MSN Money, and The Huffington Post. She began her career as an editor at Advertising Age and ESPN The Magazine and holds degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She ...

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