Those of you that have read my reviews and have seen my comments when people have asked about the 2010 DH2 that I was not a fan of that deck at all. I am happy to report that Ride has made some significant changes to the 2011 model that will make it a board I will ride next season.
The biggest change is the rocker design has changed from LowRize to Ride's new ProRize shape. ProRize is not as dramatic as LowRize, the board is completely flat and then the last part of the nose/tail is rockered up to get the contact points off of the ground.
The new ProRize carved amazingly well at Snowbasin. I took it on soft & Icy groomers and it carved exactly how I wanted it too, was stable when I pointed it down the steep stuff and held a great edge. We even found some sun baked pow and chop off of the John Paul lift and it plowed through the crud and the prorize rocker was just enough to help keep the nose up in the sun baked stuff.
The other change is the DH2 now has PopRod 2.0. Next year Ride will have PopRod 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. The change with PopRods is there is now a layer of urethane sandwiched inbetween flat carbon fiber pieces. So now what you get is that crazy pop, but it's smoother and damper. I've been a fan of pop sticks, but the PopRods in the Society were a bit too much in my oppinion. The pop was great, but I could feel them in the nose and tail in certain situations that I didn't want too.
The new 2.0 PopRods in the DH2 are great. They are snappy, but not over the top, I didn't feel them when I was landing too far back on my tail like I had with the 2010 Society.
Everything else tech wise has stayed the same, but those two changes make this board a must have for the rider that loves to treat the entire mountain as a terrain park, is interested in rocker, but wants something that is stable, playful and still has some of the benefits you get from rocker.
10/10, Must have deck for 2011.
Feel Free to toss any questions you might have.