|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Ride MTNpig Snowboard 2021 - 1
Ride Mtnpig 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Mtnpig continues on where the Alter Ego left off and even though it has a pig in the name it’s not a fatty. That split tail in the Alterego had some weird moments but the Mtnpig is a much more consistent ride. It’s more of the traditional slightly tapered directional ultra damp freeride kind of snowboard that many expect to see from Ride and will like.
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Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set-Up: 22-22.5” Centered and a little set back 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Felt a little bit on the heavy side of normal.
Flex: Medium stiff in the tip/tail bordering on stiff in the waist. It’s pretty stiff torsionally too. Ride has tweaked the flex these days and the personality of the board is changing ofer the old super damp days. It is still very damp but it has a little more energy and feel underfoot than many Ride freeride boards used to but it is definitely on the damper side of the line these days.
Sizing: The 159 felt just right and it was a perfect fit for my specs listed above. Feels like it’s perfect for anyone with an 8 or 9 boot and a 10 reduced footprint boot but even a non-reduced footprint 10 could probably work. As you get to 10 to even a reduced footprint 11 the 162 could work well but then from there, it’s time to go wide.
On Snow Feel: I would say it’s more on the locked inside of stable and it feels like there is some consequence compared to some ride hybrid camber boards. It’s still nothing like camber and it can skid a turn pretty easy for how aggressive it feels. It’s still the kind of board that appeals to a more aggressive rider who occasionally rides switch that likes to point it. Even though it has the Pig name it’s got a traditional shape to it that isn’t piggish in any way. If you want to mellow out your ride it won’t get cranky on you and it can cruise too.
Edge Hold: Ride boards all seem to have similar grip. The stiffer flex gives the Ride Mtnpig a little more grip than other boards I tried it against from Ride but it’s still missing that confidence inspiring grip in borderline hard snow. Still many might appreciate the non-disrupted sidecut if you aren’t into the extra grab that disrupted sidecuts do have.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick and it’s the kind of board that would allow me to slalom through a tree line a little faster than I normally would.
Turning Experience: The Ride Mtnpig turns really well and I felt it was best with quick edge to edge turns as well as long drawn out S-turns just shy of a straight line. It still turns well across the face of a wide-open groomer but it’s not quite as fun as the more bomby style turns.
Carving: You can carve with the Ride Mtnpig pretty well. The ultra damp feel of this board makes you think there is no camber underfoot until you put some pressure on those edges (in soft snow) and then you feel some spring out of a carve.
Speed: The Mtnpig is happiest when pointing it and it’s a very damp ride. The base was not waxed so it’s hard to say how well it would do if it was tuned up properly but based on experiences with past ride boards I owned the Mtnpig should glide well if waxed well. It seems like a base that needs a little more wax attention than your average ride board. Nicer bases ride faster when waxed but can ride slower when neglected.
Uneven Terrain: The Ride Mtnpig can hammer through those micro-bumps you see from poorly groomed runs better than most boards, weave through big bumps like a champ and hammer over tracked powder areas to get to the good stuff. It’s amazing for all-day resort riding.
Powder: At a 22.75″ stance width, which is set all the way back, you can set it back 5.5″ back on board which is on the lower end of the freeride spectrum but pretty good for a -19mm set back on board. The early rise in the nose, bigger/longer nose and slightly tapered tail combined with that set back makes it pretty good for directional powder riding.
Buttering: Took a shit ton of work to get it to butter off the tail and almost as much off the nose.
Switch: Much better switch than you would think and like the Warpig, I found myself riding switch a lot more than I usually do with directional boards like this.
Jumps: This can launch and go big if your health insurance policy matches your ball size. My health insurance policy is great but my balls seem to have shrunk in the middle age stage of my life so I kept it safe to ride another day. You can feel the potential in this board though.
Pipe: Yeah this is the kind of board I would like to ride the pipe in. Nice and quick edge to edge and has sufficient drive from wall to wall. The edge hold is my only concern.
So all in all the Ride Mtnpig is a mostly bomby mostly directional freeride board that will appeal to the mostly straight liner kind of rider but it can work if you need to mellow out your game halfway through the day too. If you want to go balls out all day every day then the Timeless might be the call.
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