Board: Ride Warpig - 2018
Type: All-Mountain/Freestyle/Powder - Directional
Size: “Small” 148cm
Camber Option: Flat underfoot with rocker in the nose and tail
Rider Weight/Height: 150 LBS/5’10”
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Firm in the morning quickly changing to soft slush throughout the day
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Ride Warpig is a really fun and versatile snowboard with a surfy feel to it. This is a volume displacement style board, which just means that it's built wider than your typical snowboard and allows it to be ridden in a more maneuverable shorter length. There is a bit of a taper, about ½ inch, as well as set back stance that helps to provide performance in powder. Overall this snowboard gives off somewhat of a freestyle vibe and is going to provide a fun and unique experience regardless of the terrain you find yourself in.
Powder: While I wasn’t able to test this board in powder, it did stay above the snow very well while I was carving through deep slush, something many boards have trouble with and sink in to. I would wager the tapered nose and set back stance is going to offer solid performance in actual deep powder. Check out my review of the K2 Party Platter for a similar snowboard that was tested in actual pow.
Carving & Edge Hold: This is the type of snowboard that is capable of laying some serious trenches in the snow. Its naturally wider shape practically eliminates the possibility of heel or toe drag, equipping you with a platform that is perfect for layed out carves. I run size 10 32 TM-Two boots on large Union bindings and had no issues in the slushy snow on Mt. Hood. The sidecut is maneuverable at slow speeds and still capable of hanging on to longer drawn out carves at speed. The board is very responsive, assisted by Rides carbon array 3 (3 carbon stringers in an X pattern under each foot). I feel that the short tail also enables more leverage when setting your edge at the beginning of your carve.
Flex: The Flex on the Warpig has a directional feel to it, stiffer in the tail and more playful in the nose. The short tail offers less leverage and gives you a distinctly stiffer feeling in the tail. I would rate this board around a 5 in the tail and 4 in the nose.
Stability: I am really happy with the level of stability this board has to offer. From carving at high speeds to navigating slushy chunder fields you will have a responsive and in control feeling. A nice dampening effect is also created by longer and softer flexing nose, saving your legs from feeling every little bump. The only downside comes from the short tail when moving through uneven terrain with speed; sometimes it can be a challenge to keep the tail on the snow with these style snowboards. Overall I think this board offers a versatile, but playful level of stability.
Butters: The nose lends itself to these tricks more so than the tail, but you really can do butters and presses with either end of the board. Buttering on the nose is going to feel very familiar and have a natural and stable feel to it. The tail isn’t able to bend as well and wants to lift the nose more quickly when activating a press, but is still surprisingly catch free.
Park: I am super stoked on how much fun the Warpig is in the park. More competent on rails than jumps the Warpig brings a secure and locked in feeling thanks to the flat camber underfoot, and is also very comfortable for pressing on the nose. Jumps can be fun as well although the short tail requires more precise control in the air to make sure you’re landing with your weight centered. There’s not much stability for you if you land with your weight far back. Overall the Warpig is great for mixing some park laps into your day.
Pop/Snap: You’ll find a pretty average pop in this one despite having such a short tail. If you need to ollie a rock in your path, pop onto a feature, or really get into the air in general your needs are going to be satisfied with what the Warpig is able to dish out.
Switch: There is a noticeably different feeling riding this snowboard switch. This is due to the set back stance and taper which make the sidecut respond differently when riding in the other direction.
Recommendations: This is a board for the rider that wants something unique, fun, and capable in all conditions. I would say my favorite two categories on this board are carving and park. If you are looking to add a specialty board to the quiver or just find something different for a daily driver, this snowboard fits the bill. At the end of the day, I can say with confidence you’re going to be stoked on the Warpig. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
Comparable Boards: K2 Party Platter, Capita Slush Slasher, Jones Hovercraft
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