Hello and welcome to my Ride Berzerker review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Berzerker as an aggressive all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Berzerker a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Ride Berzerker
Price: $519 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 79.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 20 men’s aggressive-all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 82.6/100
- The highest score was 91.0/100
- The lowest score was 75.8/100
- The average price was $600
- The Berzerker ranked 16th out of 20
Overview of the Berzerker’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Berzerker’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber (majority camber)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
100 - 150
125 - 175
130 - 180
150 - 220+
140 - 190
160 - 220+
160 - 210
170 - 220+
Who is the Berzerker Most Suited To?
The Berzerker is best for anyone who likes to ride fast and carve up the mountain and likes to hit powder when they can too.
Not for a beginner – way too stiff/aggressive for a beginner.Not for freestyle riding either. This is a board for riding fast, carving and getting into deeper snow.
The Berzerker in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Berzerker is capable of.
Board: Ride Berzerker 2019, 162 (250mm waist)
Date: April 14, 2018
Conditions: With 27cm of fresh snow in the 24 hours prior there was plenty of fresh snow about. Visibility (at least the part of the mountain where I was riding) was great. There was a bit of wind (which was surprisingly cold for April) but only noticed it on the chair lift. It was around -8 degrees with wind chill.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 570mm (22.4”)
Stance Setback: 20mm (1”)
Width at Inserts: 256mm at front insert (10.08“) and 257mm (10.12”) at back insert.
The narrowest board I’ve ridden in a 162. But this was designed for Jake Blauvelt and he likes his board narrow, apparently.
Ride rate this as a “medium response” but it felt to me like it was stiffer than medium. I would say 7/10, or even bordering on a little stiffer than that on snow.
Felt pretty good in powder, and I had plenty to test it in on the day I rode it.
Not what I would call a super floater but decent. The rocker in the nose helps, and the 20mm setback also helps. But it is quite a narrow board. I rode the 162 and its only 250mm at the waist and only 256mm at the front insert and 257mm at the rear insert. It does get out to 300mm at the tip and tail, so it gets wider quickly after the inserts, but still overall less surface area than a lot because of that narrow-ness.
And its not super setback and there’s no taper, but the nose is longer than the tail. So overall, good, but not amazing in powder.
NOTE: The 2020 and onwards models now have 8mm of taper.
Carving & Turning
Carving is the Berzerker’s best asset (that and speed). The turn radius took a little to get used to but once I got what it was trying to do, it was a fun board to carve on.
Not overly catchy, but also not the easiest to skid turns on.
Edge to edge speed was pretty good, unless you were trying to ride slow. Agility and edge-to-edge speed at low speeds weren’t the greatest. This board prefers speed.
This board prefers to ride at speed and felt very stable at speed. At speed the edge-to edge speed was very good. Ride this board at speed and it it’s very fun ride.
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It was average in uneven terrain.
Didn’t get a feel for this board on jumps – whether they were in the park or for natural hits.
For anything that required a slow-ish approach, it didn’t have the agility (if it was a relatively tricky approach to a side hit, for example). For the approach to bigger jumps, it was great and nice and stable but the landings didn’t feel as good – maybe because of the narrower nature of it.
It wasn’t devoid of pop, but felt like you needed to really give it some to get pop out of it. It felt a little heavy in the air, and that also made it a little more difficult to spin.
The camber is directional – basically all camber to the tail and a bit of rocker in the nose, after the inserts. So, it felt a little weird riding switch – having rocker in the tail but none in the nose. There’s also the setback and the longer nose vs tail.
It wasn’t impossible to ride switch, but did feel a bit weird (unsurprisingly).
Not what this board was designed for at all, and not easy to either hit jibs with or to butter.
Changes for 2020 model
The shape changed a bit between the 2019 and 2020 models. There is now 8mm of taper. Nose is now wider than it was and the tail narrower than it was. The sidecut has also changed and the effective edge is different also.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Berzerker was really fun to ride at times but was overall quite one-dimensional. Ride it fast and carve it up on good snow, or take it through some fresh powder – and you’ll wonder how anyone could consider this a below average board.
But for anything else, it wasn’t as fun. And it’s not quite setup for or good enough at things like speed, carving, powder, to warrant being considered a more specialist freeride board. Add some taper and increase the setback and it might fit better in the freeride category.
But it is reasonably priced, so if you’re looking for an aggressive all-mountain board/bordering on freeride, for a price point quite a lot (over $100 cheaper) lower than the average for this style of board, then the Berzerker fits that criteria well.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to see how the Berzerker compares to other men’s aggressive all-mountain snowboards or want to check out some other options in that category, check out the next link.