List Price US $399
Dinosaurs Will Die Rat 2015-2019 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Jib / Street
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10
Manufactured in Austria
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Flat to Rocker
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Average
Turning Experience Average
Carving Average
Speed Average
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Great
Jumps Good
Jibbing Excellent
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Easy

Flex

Medium/Soft

Buttering

Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Dinosaurs Will Die Rat 2019 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Dinosaurs Will Die Rat is a very solid Jib board for the price and it just makes things easier for beginner to expert jibbers.  It was great getting on this again and

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  Nick owns this.
Size: 153
Days:  50+
Conditions: Everything
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Nick (5’8″ 150lbs size 10 boot)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Contact Pro

Set Up: 22” 15 front -15 back Centered.

Approximate Weight: Feels pretty light but it is a small board.

Flex/Buttering: Super buttery and soft. The flex in the shop matches the flex on snow and the only difference is the tip/tail feel a little softer after.

Sizing: The 153 is a little wide for Nicks 10’s but fit my size 9’s pretty well. The weight wasn’t ideal for my 185lbs though but it was good for Nicks’ 150lbs.

On Snow Feel: Not catch free at all but pretty stable with the somewhat flat feeling underfoot between the bindings.

Edge Hold: Way better grip than you would think for this kind of sidecut.  It’s not a super icy specialist but it does pretty well in snowment.

Turn Initiation: Very quick edge to edge but not twitchy.

Turning Experience/Carving: Really not the board you want to go carve groomers with but you know that. Still, it’s not that bad.

Skidded Turns:  Super easy to skid turns and it’s got a very forgiving nature.

Powder: There is rocker but it’s just a small ride. The DWD Rat is not a bad board for what it is though.

Speed: Not a bomber by any means.

Uneven Terrain: Super good in weaving in and out of bumpy conditions but not ideal for powering over bumpy uneven stuff. Still, it’s got a good flex that doesn’t become a bucky bouncy mess of a board.

Switch: Practically perfect either way.

Jumps: Fine for a small to med/small kicker but not for much more than that.

Jibbing: This is where the Dinosaurs Will Die Rat will shine. It doesn’t matter if you suck at Jibbing like I do (James) or are very accomplished like Nick, this board ups your confidence factor.  We both felt like we could do more with this board than many other boards we tried when in the jib park.

Pipe: Ok for what it is but it’s mostly for jibbing.

 
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The Diinosaurs Will Die Rat is one of those jib boards that can be a little more than a jib board and it’s got a confidence inspiring ride.  It’s the kind of board I’d like to have under my feet when I’m in the jib park.  Also, the price is right for a board that will face the inevitable destruction that the jib park brings. Not much has changed from 2015-2017.

Size: 151
Days:  2
Conditions: Both days were Hard snow in the morning slowly working to soft and then slush
Riders: James
Boots:  Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Union Contact Pro,
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back 23” wide

I don’t think I’ve had this much fun on a jib stick since the first time I tried the Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher.  This is one of those boards that makes the jib park easier for most riders like myself who aren’t that strong there or average riders that want to get better in the jib park. As you know from my bio I’m not a strong jibber and so it’s never fun to try a board that isn’t forgiving when I go in the park. 

Approximate Weight:  Felt light but it’s pretty small so probably normal for its size

On Snow Feel: Not that bad when it came to stability between the feet and it wasn’t very loose at all. Pretty easy to flat base and one foot. This continuous rocker board felt like a flat to rocker board to me.

Powder:   No powder but it’s not going to be bad for a small jib board.  It will want to float and will be fine unless it gets really deep.

Turn Initiation and Carving: super quick and snappy edge to edge while still being stable.  I was surprised how much fun I had turning this board.  It really blew me away.

Speed: Of course the Dinosaurs Will Die Rat is not really a bomber kind of board and I could feel chatter any time I picked up speed from the stretch of groomer going from the park to the chair but that is expected for a board like this.

Uneven Terrain:  Not at all a chunder buster.

Edge Hold: Better than I thought.  It held a really good edge in harder morning snow and I was impressed.  As the edges get beat by rails this will disappear but it’s not bad at all to start with.

Flex: So playful, buttery and still snappy and poppy. Really liked this and the way all the DWD boards flexed for how they rode.

Switch:   Perfect either way.

Jibbing:   What a fun jib board.  I had no problem working my way around entry to mid-level jib parks.  I really wish Peter, Kyle, and Jimbo could have tried this board because they are all stronger jibbers than myself.  I think they would have really enjoyed this stick. I’m usually just a box or two and a bonk but this board actually gave me the confidence to try more advanced boxes.

Pipe:  No pipe to ride around me this year but when it’s edges are new I wouldn’t hesitate to take it in there. It’s not a drive wall to wall kind of pipe board but you could have a lot of fun in a spring pipe or just stop in there on occasion.

Jumps: The Dinosaurs Will Die Rat really popped between the feet well and I had a lot of fun hitting small to medium kickers on it. It’s not really a dedicated jump board though for those who like to go big or want a little extra help from the tip/tail on off landings.  It was, however, a blast to Ollie off natural terrain.

All in all the Rat was a really snappy playful excellent little jib park board and pretty good park board that I would love to have in my quiver.  I’d also love to get the rest of the gang on it as well.

 
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