Expert Review: 2023 Ride Superpig Snowboard [with Video]Published on 08/31/2023 · 5 min readSnowboard Expert Matt Kaminski tested the 2023 Ride Superpig snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Matt Kaminski tested the 2023 Ride Superpig at Powder Mountain in Utah this past spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but don’t forget, every snowboarder is different and what works for one may not work for all. If you have any questions on the Superpig or would like recommendations on what boards would be ideal for your needs, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
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What does Ride claim about this board? Ride claims this board to be a volume, shifted, beefed-up version of their Warpig.
What is your overall impression of the board? My first impression of this board is that it charges, and it's a super fun, wide board. As I said, it's a beefed-up version of the Warpig, so expect it to be slightly stiffer than your average entry-level board. It's designed for those who want something with a little “extra” in it. This thing is a beast.
How is the board for carving? It wants to carve. I had a little trouble with my heelside carve, but on the toe, it felt amazing. I could really dig this thing in. I was doing a bit of Euro revert carves, and the board just snapped. As soon as I put that toeside in, the board did a 180. I could get switch and then swing it right back with no issue. The one thing that stood out to me was a beveled edge here, and I could get into my tip there. It's so fun to carve in, get on that corner, and dig that in a super unique shape.
How is its stability? It's going to feel stable riding at higher speeds. It is a shorter board. That's one thing I always worry about, but riding this 151, I could charge and keep very strong stability. If you're a park filmer or someone chasing around your friends and want to get some good stable riding, this would be the right board for you. I was doing a lot of side skirting on this board. I tried to ride sideways to see if I could feel chatter or bumpiness, and it handled super solid. It was the perfect board.
How would this board do in the park? I wish I were able to try this board in the park. I took it on a few rollers, and it definitely pops. It's super fun to throw around. I imagine this thing would be a beast on some big drums for rails. It could be a little technical. It is a wider board, so you will have to lock in those rail slides. But if you know what you're doing in the park, you could throw this board around.
How is it for buttering? This isn't the most flexible board. I'd say it's more of a mid-stiff flex. It's going to really take some work to get it pressed and buttered. It's not going to feel real noodly (soft and flexible). It does take after the Ride Twinpig. It's the same shape as the Twinpig but a little bit stiffer. And I could feel that stiffness; it took a little bit more to press the board than I wanted to. If I'm riding something like this, I want it to be a little softer, so I can really butter and spin around.
How would this board be in powder? When Ride pioneered this board, they were thinking about powder. That's the number one thing they want to do when floating out there: super wide and volume shifted. A volume-shifted board takes the length and puts it in the width. It's going to make that board float like nothing else. So if I had to pick anything to ride in the powder, I'm going for a volume-shifted board.
How is the maneuverability in the trees? The fact that you can size this board down makes it an ultimate dream. If you usually ride a 158 and jump on the 151, you will maneuver through the trees like a champion. This thing is super nimble and easy to control. I had no problem riding it in tight areas. I would love to be able to take this thing in some steeper terrain, like a chute or a very technical line, that would require a lot of hops and a lot of technical turns. So being able to ride it in some steeper stuff alone, you get the idea that this thing will handle really well.
Who would you recommend this board to? I recommend this board to intermediate riders looking to take their skills to the next level. It's going to be a little more responsive, but it's not too snappy or too controlling where you feel you won't have control over this board. Also, I'd recommend this board for a hard-charging freestyle rider who wants something that can do it all. Whether you're riding powder, riding tight trees, riding the park, or riding groomers, this thing can really handle any condition you throw at it.
Who would you not recommend this board to, there are other better options for them out there? If you're a beginner, I recommend going for the simple Warpig or another Ride board. It's going to be softer, more playful, and more friendly. As I said, this board is very strong, snappy, and responsive. It's going to want you to ride it hard. It might be too much of a board for a beginner to handle.
Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for you, reach out to Matt or any other Snowboard Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations. They’ll help you get unstuck in your research and find the perfect setup for your needs. Note that the 2024 version of the Ride Superpig is linked below - same tech, just different graphic: