The objective of the X-Ride version 1 was to obtain the most efficient tool for speedriding: a wing that is not saturated with speed to avoid coming back too quickly on a flat glide and at the same time simple to ride. The objective was met, the wing was a great success. For the 2.0 version we kept this efficiency and pushed it to its maximum.
The X-Ride has gained a reputation as the wing which “followed” the riding skier naturally, even at very low speeds. The energy retention and dynamic take-off abilities are also at the peak of today’s speedriding performance. So, what can be improved? There are a few critically important details that have been evolved:Version 2.0 is more docile, for even better performance while riding on snow. The rider is able to choose direction and timing of freestyle maneuvers / tricks with even more flexibility thanks to the wing being less sensitive to roll and pitch. The turn is more progressive and more fluid, for smoother lines. In difficult conditions and turbulent air, the energy retention is higher translating to earlier lift in the brake range with greater effect.Finally, the X-Ride 2.0 is lighter with lower pack volume.
The NEO Steep Active System S.A.S., allows direct pilot input for steep dives and calculated arc recoveries. It allows the pilot to manoeuvre on steep terrain, and to fly straighter freeride lines. The S.A.S is super efficient but more demanding; it is needed to anticipate the shape of the slope in advance.