Expert Review: Ride Warpig Snowboard · 2023Published on 02/23/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money October of 2022.
Jackson Hole with the PIG. All photos courtesy of Ethan Naughton
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money October of 2022.
The Ride Warpig is an amazing board for an intermediate to an expert rider who wants an all-mountain boarding experience. This board can handle multiple types of terrain, such as cliffs, powder, trees, and groomers. Consider sizing down 6-10 cm to account for the volume-shifted shape.
About the gear
- Model: 2023 Ride Warpig
- Size: 154cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 165lbs
- Experience: 7 years of snowboarding
- When I bought this: I had last year’s 151cm Warpig and loved it so much that I upgraded to the 154cm around October 2022.
- Days tested: Over 45
- Mount position: Centered
- Boots: 2020 Adidas Men’s Response 3MC ADV Double BOA
- Boot Size: 10
- Bindings: 2023 Union Force Bindings
- Where I’ve used it: Copper, Eldora, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine, Norquay, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Jackson Hole.
- Terrain: Groomers, on-piste, off-piste, park, backcountry, and powder. This board handles everything.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new all-mountain board that was truly made for the whole mountain. I wanted a quiver killer. I wanted one board to do it all so I could slim down my collection.
Why I chose this gear
I needed something to rip the whole mountain at a high level. I considered and tested other options (Lib Tech Orca, Never Summer, Harpoon), but the Warpig was my top pick due to its versatility.
What I love about it
- Speed: The volume-shifted shape gives this board a wide base, allowing it to pick up speed and charge with stability. It wants to take off on me with any amount of vertical.
- Edge hold: The flat base of this board, combined with the bi-radial sidecut, gives this thing an amazing edge hold. I find it very easy to really lean into my carves. I will note that there are some slight edge hold problems when making heelside turns on ice, so watch out for that.
- Turns: Turn initiation on this thing is actually surprisingly good, considering how large and wide it is. I can easily switch from toe to heel side turns at med-high speeds. It is a little cumbersome at very slow speeds, but if sized correctly (6-10 cm downsize), it handles like a dream.
- Groomers: The Warpig is a very fun and playful board. The rocker nose gives it a very fun and consistent pop. This board just wants to play. It makes me want to be more creative and hit different features around the groomers.
- Powder: Powder flotation is actually superb on this board. It is not the best in class, but it handles itself in the deep for an all-mountain board. The shorter and skinnier tail allows it to stay afloat and surf on the pow. It doesn’t ride like a normal pow-stick but thrashes and almost punches through powder. It’s a very fun board in powder. I actually prefer the surfy, thrashy feel on this board.
- Trees:** **Because of the shorter tail and volume-shifted shape, this board performs beautifully in the trees. The shorter length gives me more room to maneuver and turn without fear of catching my tail. Keep in mind that if not sized down correctly (6-10cm), this board can feel chunky in tight spaces, but if sized correctly, it excels in tight spaces.
- Moguls: Similar to the trees, the shorter shape makes it easier to ride moguls. I know moguls aren’t a snowboarder’s best friend, but the Warpig handles just fine. It’s nothing to write home about.
- Park: Playful and fun in the park with the rockered nose and medium flex pattern, though not park-specific. Its flat base is also forgiving on landings. This board is ideal for occasional park runs. Best for boxes and jumps/transitions, although not my favorite for rails or long-term park stays.
- Backcountry: I’ve only tested this in the backcountry once, and it handles itself in the deep, deep snow. Still, I would like something a little lighter and more portable, such as a splitboard. This isn’t my board for consistent backcountry runs.
- Durability: Good durability, standard topsheet, solid core made of aspen, bamboo, and paulownia. It holds up to rough and rocky days. The Cleave Edge Steel also makes edges incredibly durable and able to handle unfortunate terrain.
- Weight: Approximately 6.3lbs. It’s ideal for all mountain, not too heavy and not too light.
- Switch riding: Although this is a directional board, there is a very negligible difference when riding switch. It’s center-mounted with a flat base that aids me when riding switch. I wouldn’t want it for my go-to park board for that reason, but other than that, it handles well.
- Stability: Great stability at speed because of its huge base and Cleave edges. It has a proprietary Slim Wall build, which helps to lower the weight and improve energy transfer from edge to edge. It also aids with damping, slightly but noticeably. Buttering on the nose is very fun and almost feels natural. Harder to butter on the small and thin tail but still very doable. The medium flex aids with that as well. I experienced zero underfoot chatter and very slight nose chatter at high speeds.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Other: This board is not a twin board, so it doesn’t perform as well riding switch. However, it still performs decently.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this gear piece is a trip to Jackson Hole. We had been traveling around Canada and the Pacific Northwest and eventually ended up there. After testing the Warpig everywhere, I decided I needed to test myself and the board. After riding around for some time, we finally found the perfect cliff. A nice 20-footer. Definitely the biggest cliff I had ever looked down. I was nervous and was really hoping my skills and board would carry me out of the landing. Without another thought, I sent it, ate it, but survived and sent it again until I landed it. The board gave me a solid base to land on and protected me even in ridiculous terrain. It held up to the impact with ease.
Value for the money vs. other options
The value of this board is absolutely incredible. The Ride Warpig is an all-mountain shredder. One can take it to the park for some laps, take it to the powder for some deep runs, and take it to the cliffs and ridiculous terrain to really test oneself. A similar option is the Lib Tech Orca. It has the same volume-shifted shape and handles similarly, but it is almost $200 more expensive than the Warpig. It is also less versatile and handles better in the freeride world than in the all-mountain world. However, for the price, one can’t beat the versatility of the Warpig.
Overall, the Ride Warpig is a board for the intermediate to the expert rider who wants a quiver killer. The amount of terrain this one board unlocks is crazy: park, powder, cliffs, groomers, trees—anything.