The Ride Warpig doesn’t feel like it’s name. Instead it feels more like a short fat Gazelle. If this had the same camber profile as the Timeless it would be amazing but it still is a pretty fun ride for a flat to rocker short fatty.
Conditions: Really good Sierra groomers.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Ride LTD
Set Up: Pretty close to centered on side cut, 15 front -12 back approx 23″ wide.
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty light but not fragile.
Flex: Snappy and poppy but still somewhat easy to butter if that’s what you are into.
On Snow Feel: Very stable one footing off the chair or flat basing. Flat to rocker like this makes for an easy ride and we all liked the feel underfoot. It’s a small, light dynamic short fatty.
Edge Hold: Not as much as we like but its fine in hard snow. Ride is generally opposed to doing anything with the side cut and they feel their edge hold is enough but for us we’d like a little more grip than this provides so the edge won’t slide out on a committed turn that starts with soft snow but finds it’s way into a hard patch.
Turn Initiation: Short fatty’s like this offer up turn initiation that’s different than normal freeride boards. It’s got the ability to get a little quicker tight radius turn and throw it around easier than a long narrow waist board but the wide waist is noticeably slower getting quickly from edge to edge in tight situations like trees or bumps compared to a longer narrower waist board. Still it had pretty fun snappy turns for a flat to rocker short fatty.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid a turn without consequence.
Carving: Much better than we thought for a board with no camber but still missing that pop out of a hard carve. Still they are doing something pretty good for a flat to rocker board. It only makes me wonder what the board would be like if it had a similar directional hybrid camber profile to the Timless or Bezerker. That would be pretty special.
Speed: Ride makes damp boards and although this isn’t their dampest it’s more damp than it would seem from inspecting it in a shop.
Uneven Terrain: Short fatty’s aren’t really fun in bumps or hammering through messy end of the day resort snow with emerging moguls. It’s the width that’s the problem here. It’s fun in a soft banked slalom though.
Powder: So this has a centered stance and we aren’t sure what the set back on board is. It seems like there is some decent directional float but we didn’t get to test it in powder.
Switch: Much better switch than we though and you can take it each way without having to adjust too much.
Jibbing: Didn’t jib with it but seems like it would be ok.
Pipe: No pipe but not usually into short wide boards when riding the pipe.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail and it’s pretty good for directional air.