The 5 Top Rated, Most Recommended Ride SnowboardsPublished on 06/11/2023 · 10 min readDiscover the ultimate ride with the 5 top-rated, highly recommended Ride Snowboards. Get ready to take your snowboarding to the next level!
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Hi! My name is Gaelen, and over the past 11 years, I’ve been able to snowboard 50+ days yearly in locations such as Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska. In addition, I’ve worked as a snowboard rental technician at multiple mountain resorts and in a snowboard shop. I’ve also worked with thousands of customers on Curated to help them find the right gear for their specific needs and wants!
Today, I want to discuss Ride Snowboards, one of the most popular brands on the market today and a brand I’m quite familiar with as we sold them in the snowboard shop I worked for. Below is a deep dive into their top five unisex boards based on expert recommendations from Curated; believe me when I say there’s a board for everyone on this list!
The 5 Most Recommended Unisex Ride Snowboards
The following list of boards is based on the most common recommendations from real-life Snowboarding Experts on the Curated platform. So this means that of all the Ride boards out there, these are the top five that the Experts picked the most as a good fit for potential customers. All of these boards are designed as unisex, meaning they’re made in a range of sizes appropriate for the weight/height of both men and women! Let’s get into it!
The Ride Twinpig is one of Ride's most recognizable all-mountain boards. It’s somewhat unconventional as the Twinpig is a “volume-shifted” board, meaning its waist width is much wider than the average board, allowing riders to use this board 3-6 centimeters shorter than their usual board and still have it perform like their normal snowboard size. Volume-shifted boards have a whole list of benefits you can read about here!
Besides the volume shift, the Twinpig is built like many other all-mountain boards: a medium flex, twin shape, and a hybrid profile with medium camber from binding insert to binding insert and rocker through the tips.
The Twinpig is an all-mountain board, meaning it will be good at everything but not the best at anything (such is the tradeoff with this type of snowboard). Its hybrid profile offers lots of versatility: plenty of pop for ollies and edge grip when carving from the camber, and easy turns with some playfulness from the rockered nose and tail. Overall, it’s an amazing board for carving, as the extra width allows riders to get up on an edge. It also offers stability even in variable snow due to its width.
Additionally, since this board is a twin, it’ll excel at riding both regular and switch for the rider who likes to switch things up. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it will be the best option for freestyle riding, but it can certainly hold its own for moderate park duties.
Who It’s For
While the short and wide design can be off-putting for riders used to a traditional snowboard shape, the Twinpig is very accessible. It’s a board built for the intermediate to advanced rider who only wants one board to ride the entire mountain. It’s best suited for casual cruisers who enjoy dabbling in other terrains, such as powder or freestyle, but it’s not a board to be pushed to the extremes in either of these categories.
The Warpig is one of Ride’s top-selling boards of all time and arguably one of the most iconic volume-shifted snowboards on the market (Ride makes a lot of popular volume-shifted boards, as you’ll see). It’s quite similar to the Twinpig with its medium flex and same hybrid profile; however, its directional shape sets the Warpig apart, making it more of a freeride board than the Twinpig.
Many people will call the Warpig an all-mountain deck, which is pretty accurate. It will be a blast for carving for on groomers and can handle light park laps, although the directional shape makes it awkward to switch take-offs or landings. Where this board shines, though, is in fresh snow. Its extra width and directional shape mean it floats in powder with ease. The Warpig's shorter length (since its volume shifted) also means it’s decently nimble. It can also be fun in the trees (and yet it’s still not the most agile board on this list).
Who It’s For
This snowboard is for the intermediate to advanced rider who wants an all-mountain board that can handle lots of fresh snow. Many powder snowboards aren’t a good option when there isn’t powder on the trails, forcing riders to buy two boards if they want to ride well in powder and on groomers. The Warpig solves this issue by doing both well. It’s not the most aggressive board for carving nor the best board for powder; however, it does both well enough to do the trick for most riders seeking one snowboard that can work in any snow condition.
Finally, a snowboard from Ride that isn’t volume-shifted! While volume-shifted boards are great, the Zero is a tried and true traditional all-mountain board. It features a medium flex, a hybrid profile with camber from binding insert to binding insert and rocker in the tips, and a twin shape—the perfect recipe for a classic snowboard.
The Zero is an all-mountain board that will also be amazing in the park. The large section of camber makes it predictable for groomers by providing reliable edge hold and poppy in the park, the medium flex provides stability for moderate to high speeds, and the rocker in the tips makes it just playful enough for butters and turning the whole mountain into a skatepark. It won't do great in deep powder due to its shape, but other than that, it will work for just about any terrain.
Who It’s For
This board is for anyone who just wants a simple, old-fashioned snowboard. You don’t have to be interested in freestyle riding to appreciate it, although it’s a very solid all-arounder choice for park rats. Due to its mostly cambered profile, I wouldn’t recommend it to new beginners, but if you’re confident on your green circle trails, you’ll do just fine on this board! It’s not only for high-level beginners, though; any level up to pros will appreciate this board, making it one you can buy over and over no matter how much you progress!
Imagine if the Ride Warpig and Ride Twinpig had a child; it would be the Psychocandy! This was originally a women’s version of the Warpig, but in recent years it’s been updated with more size options to make it a unisex board. It shares a directional shape with the Warpig and a hybrid profile like both Pig boards. However, the camber that runs between the bindings of the Psychocandy is less aggressive than the camber of either of the Pig boards.
Additionally, even though it’s rated as a medium flex, I found it to be a tad softer than the other two boards as well. It is indeed volume-shifted and can be sized down, but it is a bit narrower than the Warpig or Twinpig, meaning that you don’t need to size down quite as much.
Think of the use cases for the Warpig but on a less aggressive level; those are the same use cases for the Psychocandy. It's a solid “ride everything” type of board! It’s stable when needed at speeds, can hold an edge well, and has decent pop from the camber, but it also has very easy turn initiation and a playful nature due to a slightly softer flex and mellower camber. Its directional shape means It’s not great for switch but it can handle the occasional switch ride but the redeeming factor there is that it’s much better than the average snowboard for powder due to this directional shape!
Who It’s For
I’ll admit the shape of this board can be off-putting; it certainly doesn’t look like your average snowboard. However, after riding it for a bit, you’ll realize that shape doesn’t matter all that much, and it’s one of the best snowboards for someone who wants an easy-going board that can ride everything. With a softer flex and mellower camber than other boards from Ride, I’d venture to say anyone (even total beginners) would enjoy this board, making it beginner friendly and capable of handling advanced terrain!
You can’t push it as hard as you could the Warpig or Twinpig, but for the casual cruiser who enjoys the occasional pow day or occasional park lap, it’s hard to beat this Swiss army knife of a board!
5. Peace Seeker
The Peace Seeker is my personal favorite (I own one)! It’s got a very stiff flex, a huge rockered nose with camber from the front binding to the tail, and a very directional shape that screams “powder board”! It’s one of the newest volume-shifted boards from Ride and, in my opinion, one of the best new boards to take out on deep days when tackling the gnarliest terrain!
This board wants to ride fast! Its stiff flex means it accelerates and holds speed very well, providing a seamless energy transfer from your bindings, which results in a quick response. Its huge section of camber will provide edge hold on soft snow, firm snow, chundery snow, slushy snow—any sort of snow you’ll find yourself in. Its large nose and setback stance helps you keep it afloat in deep powder, and its tiny tail means it’s incredibly nimble and easy to kick around, making it ideal for tight spots like riding in the woods.
Who It’s For
This board is for the advanced rider who wants a board specifically for powder and tree riding. While you can ride it on non-powdery days and carve quite nicely on groomed snow, I would not recommend this as a daily driver as it’s quite heavy and takes a lot of energy to ride. It’s much better suited for days when plenty of fresh snow is on the ground, and you plan to ride steep trails! In fact, I found this board to be awkward and catchy at low speeds, so it’s definitely not a board to be ridden slowly.
It’s a quiver board for sure and one that you should only consider if you see substantial snowfall each season and are riding technical enough terrain that would cause you trouble on an all-mountain board.
Picking the Best Ride Snowboard for You
You’ve made it to the end! Now that you’ve read about some of the best unisex boards Ride produces, it’s time to figure out which one is the right deck for you, which is admittedly easier said than done.
Fret not, though. A Curated Snowboard Expert is here to help! Here at Curated, you can message an Expert in real-time (totally for free, I might add) and get unbiased and experience-based advice on whatever sort of snowboard gear you want. Whether you’re wondering where to start or trying to understand how much a certain piece of board tech will affect you, Curated Experts like myself can answer it all! The process takes only a few minutes and is the easiest way to avoid analysis paralysis and buyer’s remorse when choosing a snowboard for your next adventure!