Hello and welcome to my Ride Twinpig review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Twinpig as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Twinpig a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: Ride Twinpig
Flex Rating: Mellow
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5.5/10)
Rating Score: 82.0/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Twinpig's Specs
Check out the tables for the Twinpig's specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber (what Ride calls "Hybrid Rocker" - by their definition meaning more rocker dominant, but the camber is between the feet and rocker towards tip and tail)
True Twin (asymmetrical)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Twinpig Best Suited To?
The Twinpig is quite a unique board in that it's volume shifted (short/wide) but is freestyle. Most volume shifted boards tend to be more powder oriented, so this one is interesting. So, best suited to someone riding freestyle over the mountain but want something shorter, but still want enough of a surface area for more stable landings and at speed when flat basing.
The board felt stiffer to me than what I was expecting and what it's promoted as being - and it's not super forgiving of skidded turns, so I wouldn't go as far as to say it's beginner friendly, but it's intermediate friendly.
The Twinpig in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Twinpig is capable of.
Board: Ride Twinpig 2022, 151cm (263mm waist width)
Date: January 5, 2022
Plenty of fresh snow!
Overcast but visibility was fine for the most part, without being unlimited.
Temperature was around -7°C (19°F) - and -12°C (10°F) with wind chill, so quite cold.
24 hour snow: 9" (22cm)
48 hour snow: 26" (65cm)
7 day snow: 47" (119cm)
On groomer: Groomers were soft as, but not overly slow or anything. Bit of crud to contend with in certain spots, particularly as the day went on.
Off groomer: Pow! Pow! Pow! And pretty dry powder too - not champagne dry, but really nice. Mixture of tracked and untouched powder.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 21" (535mm)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 278mm (10.95")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 7lbs 2oz (3220 grams)
Weight per cm: 21.32 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.43 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 100 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021 *& 2022 models. The Twinpig is one of the heaviest boards I've weighed and felt heavy on snow too. The grams/cm is a little bit overstated, given how wide this board is - the 151 is probably more like a 157, at a guess, in terms of surface area, but even taking that into account it's still heavy (20.50g/cm if using 157 as it's size).
It felt like it really slowed down a lot and was slow to turn when it got in powder.
Compared to the K2 Niseko Pleasures I also rode that day, that became more nimble and lighter and easier in powder. The Twinpig was the opposite. I think there was so much snow getting on top, that whilst I didn't technically nose dive at any point, I was still sinking under the snow quite a bit and that was weighing things down. And it felt like it could nose dive quite easily if I didn't work to keep the nose afloat.
It's got a camber profile that's rocker dominant, but that's about the only thing that's helping it in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Decent on a carve, but nothing epic by any means. Had a bit of a feeling like it wanted to revert flat when riding and had to fight it a bit to keep it on edge. Not to a massive extent. I've had this to a greater extent with other boards and it was subtle on the Twinpig but that feeling was there.
Ease of Turning/Slashing: Not terribly hard to initiate turns but takes some effort. Better on groomers than Niseko Pleasures was in terms of ease of turns and slashes, but when it got into powder, it became less agile (where the Niseko Pleasures was the opposite) - I think this was largely down to the board sinking under the deeper snow (see also powder section above).
Maneuverability at slow speeds: A little bit of that wide board delayed feeling, making short sharp turns not super nimble and not effortless, but put a bit of effort in and you can get it turning fairly quickly edge-to-edge, without being lightning. As mentioned above, became less agile in deeper snow.
Skids: Not completely forgiving of skidded turns. Not so much catchy, but that feeling of wanting to revert to flat made it not super easy to control until you got used to that feeling.
Overall speed, wasn't super fast, as is typical with a shorter board.
Could handle a good bit of speed and remained stable. The extra weight in this case helped with that. Was fairly damp, so could ride it pretty fast without feeling like your being jack hammered.
Crud: In crud it was decent. That extra weight helped to keep it from getting bucked around too much. It wasn't a complete crud smasher and when you did get a bit thrown off, it wasn't super easy to correct.
Bumps: Not super nimble for weaving between bumps but not terrible either. In terms of hugging them when going over, again not bad, but not amazing either.
Decent board for jumps, without being epic.
Pop: Some decent pop in there without there being oodles. Some pop is easy to access, but not ultra easy.
Approach: Fairly stable, even in the 151, and OK for speed checking and trickier, more technical approaches.
Landing: Nice and solid, especially for the length (that width helps a lot in this respect) and pretty forgiving of bad landings - so it strikes a nice balance for landings, IMO.
Side-hits: Could be more nimble and more poppy but not bad
Small jumps/Big jumps: Small to medium
Really good for riding switch. Definitely no complaints there.
Being a 151, I felt it would have been easier to get that spin around quickly - and whilst it wasn't bad, that extra weight made it not as good as I thought it would be. For taking off and landing switch it's awesome.
Could be easier for setup and more pop would help too. But not bad overall.
Quite easy to press tip and tail - and nice even feeling between tip and tail (of course, being twin). Got to put a little effort to lock the press in, but not heaps, and felt good once you throw a bit of weight into it.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
The Twinpig is an interesting board - being a volume shifter asymmetrical twin. In theory this is one of those boards that would be awesome for someone who likes to throw down spins - with that shorter swing weight and awesome switch riding ability. But it felt like to be that kind of board, it needed to be more snappy, light and easy to ride. It wasn't without snap and wasn't super hard to ride or anything, but just fell short of what I felt it could of been.
But could certainly fit the mold for some riders and there certainly wasn't anything way off with the board and didn't have any obvious weaknesses, I just felt it's identity was a little confusing.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other all-mountain-freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Twinpig compares to other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.