In Spanish, El Hefe is the boss, the daddy, the big dog. At Ride they’ve given this title to their high end binding, which is a serious bit of metaphorical glue to hold the rest of your kit together. The El Hefe has an air craft aluminium chassis, comes with 2.5 and 4.0 footbeds and even gets packaged in a fancy (and reusable) box. Ride have gone for carbon fibre with urethane strips running through it to create their ‘slimeback’ dampened highback – fitting in nicely with the rest of the slime technology in their line this year.
They’ve also installed the Hefe with a micro-disc plate which is much smaller and lighter but still retains a universal fit. As this means there’s more binding and less disc, the feel is going to be a lot more consistent from heel to toe – we can see that catching on…