Expert Review: Ride Berzerker Snowboard · 2022Published on 12/10/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
Base of the board. Photos courtesy of Gabe Harris
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Ride Berzerker is a great board for all-mountain riding. Any level of rider can ride it. It floats super well on powder and has powerful carving. The Berzerker is a very fun board for a reasonable price.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Ride Berzerker
- Size: 159
- Height: 5’9”
- Weight: 160lbs
- Experience: 16 years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: November 2021
- Days tested: 40-50
- Mount position: 12, -6
- Boots: Vans Invado Pro
- Boot Size: 10.5
- Bindings: 2022 Ride A-9s
- Where I’ve used it: Brighton, Snowbird, Grizzly Gulch
- Terrain: Sidecountry and all-mountain terrain. Heavy snow/powder and slushy snow.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a board that could land in heavy snow easily. The boards I’ve had before are usually softer park boards, which don’t work very well when landing in thick powder. The Berzerker is perfect, as it just stays afloat and cuts through the powder very easily.
Why I chose this gear
I bought this board because I had seen many of the coolest backcountry jump pros using it. I figured it must be nice when landing tricks if they are using it, and it was. I considered buying the Ride Alchemist as it is practically the same thing, but a directional twin instead of directional. However, I went with the Berzerker because I thought it looked cooler.
What I love about it
- Speed: The length and stiffness of the board help it hold up well at high speeds. It is responsible and sturdy when making high-speed turns.
- Edge hold: The edge hold is great and super easy to stay on toes and heels. It makes it easy to do tree runs, carving, and hit big jumps. The contact points and shape of the board are the main factors in this.
- Turns: Turning on the Berzerker is amazing with how sharp the contact points and edges are. It can make aggressive turns at any speed. Heel edge and toe edge turns both feel great, and I can make the turns quickly because of how responsive this board is.
- Groomers: Groomers go hand in hand with turning, which means groomers on this board are also awesome. The turning and aggressiveness of this board make it fun to charge down groomers turning and burning.
- Powder: Powder is also great on this board. Because of how long and stiff it is, it can cut through the snow easily and stay afloat rather than sink like lighter, softer boards would. The nose is wider than the rest of the board, which also helps it stay above snow. It is directional as well, which is made for powder conditions.
- Trees: Trees are very easy to do on this board because of how responsive the board is. I can make turns very quickly, which is needed when cutting through trees.
- Moguls: The board is great on moguls, depending on how I ride them. If someone rides them like skiers do, zig-zagging around each mogul, then the board would be ideal because of how good the turning is. It would also be good for zooming over the tops of moguls because of how stiff and durable the board is. It will stay supported and keep one from falling.
- Backcountry: The Berzerker is great in the backcountry, as it stays afloat in thick powder very easily because of its directional shape.
- Durability: It is also very durable, hence why it is one of Ride’s more expensive boards. With the technology in it that gives it its stiffness, it makes the board very durable. I hit very big jumps on it last year, and it held up great.
- Weight: The Berzerker is in the medium range of weight. It isn’t as light as park boards and softer boards but isn’t as heavy as older boards. The newer technology makes it pretty light for such a durable board.
- Stability: Stability is one of this board's greatest perks. Its stiffness makes it stable when going fast, hitting big jumps, dropping steep faces, and hitting cliffs. It was my go-to backcountry/pow day board.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Park: This board isn’t ideal for park because of its stiffness. It is also directional, which isn’t ideal for doing rails. It also has very limited torsional flex, which I usually want when hitting the park.
- Switch riding: The Berzerker is directional, which makes it not very good when riding switch. I can still do it, but it wouldn’t be as easy as riding a Twin.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this gear was when I landed a backcountry jump for the first time on it. The year before I got the Berzerker, I was on a Public board, which was a very soft park board. Every time I’d land on the Public, the nose would sink, and I’d go down. The first time out last year, I was able to quickly land my trick because the board was able to land in the heavy powder easily. It made the biggest difference, and I’ll always remember how it felt.
Value for the money vs. other options
The value/quality of this board for how much it costs is well worth it. Burton or CAPiTA boards are just as good in my experience and more expensive. The most comparable product to the Berzerker would be the K2 Manifest due to its shape and price. I usually pick Ride over K2 because Ride is a snowboard-only company, whereas K2 also makes skis.
The Ride Berzerker is a great all-mountain board that will give someone all the stability and durability needed. Any level of rider can ride it. Its strong suits are powder, turning, and going fast. Well worth the cost for its high quality; it’s a must-try board.