Hello and welcome to my Ride Warpig review.
I don’t usually test short/wide boards (just because I don’t have time to test boards in every category), but I was convinced by a Ride rep at a demo day to test the Warpig, so I thought I’d put up my thoughts here.
It’s going to be different to my usual reviews as I won’t be giving it an overall score or comparing it to others, as I haven’t devised a system for scoring this type of board.
NOTE: This review hasn’t been updated since the 2018 model
Board: Ride Warpig
Price: $459 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: n/a
Overview of the Warpig’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Warpig’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Short/Wide Powder Freestyle||Flex||Medium|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Advanced||Feel||Stable|
|Weight||Felt normal||Turn Initiation||Medium|
|Camber Profile||Flat-to-Rocker||Shape||Tapered Directional|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Good on medium-firm snow. OK on hard snow.|
|Waist Width (mm)||250||260||265||270||277|
|Weight Range (lbs)||60-130||100-175||130-190||140-200||170-220+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||27-59||45-79||59-86||64-91||77-100+|
Who is the Warpig Most Suited to?
The Warpig is best suited to anyone who spends a lot of time in powder and likes the feel of a shorter board. And if you like to get a little freestyle in powder, then it’s a good board for spinning and with a solid base for landing on.
Whilst it’s touted to be great in all conditions/terrain, and I’ve heard a lot of others agree with this, I didn’t feel it performed as well out of powder.
Not for the beginner – it’s not overly aggressive but still slightly stiffer than ideal and not super easy to skid turns on. But definitely intermediate and up.
The Warpig in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Warpig is capable of.
Board: Ride Warpig 2018, 154 (270mm waist)
Date: March 4, 2017
Conditions: Plenty of fresh powder around. Had been puking for a good few days leading up. Still bumpy and chundery in places as it was a Saturday but mostly soft good conditions on the groomers and plenty of powder off.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
This is the Warpig’s territory, IMO. It floated very well, especially given I was on a 154.
The 154 is supposed to have the surface area of a traditionally shaped 160 – and you could certainly feel that where powder is concerned. And although this board has a centred stance along the effective edge, it does have a significant taper and the nose is a good bit longer than the tail.
All of that plus a good bit of rocker makes this board a good floater.
Powder Rating: 4/5
Carving & Turning
I didn’t find it to be a great carver. And no real surprise given the flat-to-rocker profile. To be fair, I haven’t found a board without camber that carves really well. Though there are some that carve better than this, that are without camber.
It’s ok for skidding turns – it forgives you for most. Not super forgiving of skidded turns but pretty good.
Edge-to-edge I found it lagging a little bit. Which is what I typically find with a wide board. Usually going shorter makes up for that, at least to some degree. I found it pretty slow for initiating turns. But maybe the 151 would have been the better size for me (which they now have in the 2019 model, but the next size down in the 2018 model was a 148). The rep said, “why do you need edge to edge speed, it’s not like you racing the slalom”. True but I like my board to turn relatively effortlessly, I felt I got fatigued very quickly on this board…. and also TREES – if you’re needing to slalom trees, then edge-to-edge speed is pretty darn nice to have!
Carving/Turn Rating: 2.5/5
Not bad at speed actually, despite it’s length. Felt pretty damp and relatively stable at high speeds. Still not a speed demon by any means but given that it’s a flat to rocker profile was better than I thought it would be.
Speed Rating: 3/5
Didn’t really enjoy riding this in the chopped up Saturday afternoon resort snow. Felt like I got bucked around quite a bit and I was fatiguing quite quickly.
Uneven Terrain Rating: 3/5
Not enough pop there for my liking, but I did really enjoy landings on this board – at least landing in my regular stance – not so much landing switch. Despite being centered, it’s also got a shorter/narrower tail which just felt a bit off landing backwards.
Jumps Rating: 3/5
Like the comment above, just felt a bit off riding/landing backwards, as I would have expected, but doable.
Switch Rating: 3/5
OK on jibs. Not amazing but not bad either.
Jib Rating: 3/5
I’m going to be in the minority when I say this, but I wasn’t that impressed with this board. Don’t get me wrong it was fun but it didn’t excite me the way it seems to excite others. But, of course, mine is just one opinion, and in this case a lot of people rave about this board, but I didn’t get that same feel from it.
Great in powder, and definitely a fun ride there, but outside of powder I didn’t get the same enjoyment as others have from this board.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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