When you are presented with the arduous task of looking for a solid all-mountain charger that can take you from blower pow at the top through icy traverses and exhausting chop, the Ride Machete GT raises it’s metaphorical hand and volunteers to help you battle the mountain. Ride talked a big game that they had put a lot of technology into this board and they have really come through.
At first glance you can’t help but stare at the artwork. This board will keep you occupied on the lift as you lean over the bar and gaze into the semi-sparkly detailed artwork as you have “Washed Out – Feel It All Around” in your head phones. However, once getting off the lift and strap in, you’ll find that the Hybrid LowRize camber technology offers you this quick playful pop as you ollie over small mounds of snow or little lips on the side of traverses. Not only that, but when I found myself charging down towards the bottom of Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, kicking back in the back seat, the tail stayed stable and responsive enough to not give way and wash out. This was my first time riding this handlebar moustache type camber - camber between the feet and rocker on the outsides of the inserts - and I feel as though it grips those groomer turns a little bit better than, say, rocker or flat camber.
I am always a little hesitant to buy lighter boards because I feel like they break in a little too quickly and suffer from acute noodle-ness. The Machete GT’s Membrane top sheet technology really has the response of a heavier board without the extra weight. And another small detail I really love about the board is they have added more inserts at smaller increments, so you don’t have to make that inch and half adjustment forward and back on your board. On the Machete GT it’s more like ¾ of an inch increments, so you really can find the exact binding width you are looking for.
To be honest, I fell in love with this board on its maiden voyage. I haven’t ever ridden a board with quite like this one. It looks cool, it’s super fun, and it can take you anywhere. It is definitely worth the investment if you are looking for that perfect all-mountain board.
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During Sego Ski Co.'s relatively short history, Ron Murray has become sort of a local legend. His 20-plus years of ski repair experience, combined with his time working in manufacturing and his wholesome philosophy on skiing (and snowboarding) has made Ron an integral part of the Sego team and brand. Ron is pretty much everything you look for in a ski tech. His gentle demeanor breathes wisdom and humility, and it shows in his craft. After all, aren't our skis just an extension of our feet?
Greg Von Doersten (or GVD) has been photographing with TGR since the beginning. He met founders Todd and Steve Jones back in the early 90's when they were still skiing for Marmot and filming by themselves with local Jackson Hole crushers. "They were getting it done," Von Doersten told me. "They wanted to see more line skiing and airs in films so they started to develop their own signature thing. I was like 'dang these guys are legit and they are kind of my style.'" Von Doersten