Expert Review: Ride Warpig Snowboard · 2022Published on 12/28/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
Me and a couple of friends getting a picture before ripping around. All photos courtesy of Nic Stine
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
The Ride Warpig is a directional twin snowboard that can hit both the park or drive a hard carve. This deck suits the intermediate rider looking to step up their performance.
About the snowboard I tested
- Model: 2022 Ride Warpig
- Size: 148cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 175lbs
- Experience: 5 years of snowboarding
- When I tested these: February 2022
- Days tested: 4
- Mount position: Regular ∓15 degrees
- Boots: 2019 DC Mutiny
- Boot Size: 9.5
- Bindings: 2020 Union Force
- Where I’ve used it: Jay Peak, VT; Camelback Mountain, Blue Mountain, PA
- Terrain: Glades, groomed runs, hard pack, park
How it performs
What I was looking for
When I was looking for a new board in the beginning of 2022, I wanted something that would float well in powder, but also versatile enough to ride the entire mountain with my style. Being a stiffer flex was a must, as well as being a twin.
Why I chose this gear
Ultimately, I decided on this board because of its volume-shifted design and directional twin shape. I knew that it would be stable enough to drive a hard carve down steep terrain, yet playful enough that I could easily do flat-ground tricks. I was torn between this, the K2 Party Platter, and the Jones Mountain Twin—all 2022 models.
What I love about it
- Edge hold: I don’t notice any issue with edge hold, as the board seems to lock in due to Ride’s Slimwall. That thinner side wall really lets me lay the board over and push that back leg in to hold tight.
- Groomers: This board is fantastic on groomers, as I am able to find a few wide trails that allow me to carve from one side to the next. The Warpig loves those wide, arcing turns and always seems to hold up.
- Powder: I was able to touch a little bit of fresh pow, around six inches or so. I have no issues with float, as that nose is so big it just keeps me up and out of the snow. It feels like I am surfing as I slash around.
- Park: As for the park, it performs well here. That long nose is ideal for presses and butters; I can pop 360s with relative ease when I commit to them. The board is ok on jumps; it gets me through smaller jumps and starts to feel limited on medium jumps. The board boasts mainly a flat profile, and lacks insane pop, so any pop I get comes from my legs, not the board. It’s still an overall fun board for getting weird and wacky on rails and boxes.
- Durability: With Ride’s topless topsheet, it chips easily around the edges of the board. At the end of the first day, it seemed that I had a couple of chips from bumping into fellow riders. The base was strong, however, as there were not any gouges or deep scratches on the base, and I know I hit a mean sick or two while in the woods. I believe this to be because of the high-sintered 4000 ptex base that this deck has.
- Weight: Compared to other boards I've ridden, it is relatively light and I wasn't fatigued from jumping it all day.
- Switch riding: Switch is relatively easy, as inside the contact points, the board is twin. This makes the board feel twin even though the nose is so much longer than the tail.
- Stability: This board is smooth and stable at high speeds and rough terrain. I was confident at high speeds such that I wouldn't blow out or get thrown off, due to the damp ride that the board provides.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Speed: I should have gotten a larger size, as this board felt slow to me. I could easily max the speed out on the board if I was on edge and sent it down the run. The board felt super stable once I was at high speed due to its wide platform. It just pounded through any and all snow.
- Turns: Turns are easy to initiate due to the board's rocker-to-flat profile. It has a catch-free ride to it, and I don’t need to be so calculated with my turns. If I set it, the board lays a deep trench. With the board being so wide, it is not the most nimble of boards out there and is sluggish edge to edge. While the board is so stable through the turns, it lacks the sling-shot effect that the traditionally cambered boards have, which was something I missed.
- Stability: It plows through most things with ease, but in highly rutted-out terrain and chundery ice balls, it gets tossed around and struggles. The pop of the board left something to be desired, as it's not a full cambered board. You put in what you get out, if I throw a lot of weight into it, that's what I get out. This board isn't meant for mind-blowing air or pop.
- Trees: This board is less than ideal for the trees; the wide platform of the board makes it sluggish edge to edge, making it difficult to maneuver around tight trees. The board is meant for wide-open plains.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment on this board was on a day in March. A couple of friends and I hiked to the top of Jay Peak in Vermont. The upper mountain lift was closed due to a lack of people there, but we were able to walk it. So we took a hike to the very top of the mountain, and little did we know that there was a field of untouched powder six inches deep. When I strapped this board on at the top and was riding down in the middle of the snowfall, it just felt right. I could make slashy carves in that pow and it felt like I was surfing rather than snowboarding. The board floated effortlessly, and felt so playful in that moment; it was my favorite run on this board.
Value for the money vs. other options
This board isn't the cheapest on the market, but it is so much fun to ride. It carves like no other board I’ve ridden, and is extremely versatile. Park days? Check. Pow days? Check. Resort-razor? Check again. I believe it to be priced well according to other boards. Two similar options to the Warpig would be the Salomon Super 8 and the K2 Party Platter.
For those looking for one board to do it all, search no further. It can literally do anything. While it may be a master of none, it's a jack of all trades, doing everything pretty well, and is a quiver of one.