|Overall Rating||Not for us|
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Ride Superpig 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Superpig is a hybrid camber, extra carbon fiber tweak on the Warpig. While it might not float as easy as many Alternative Freeride boards in it’s peer group it does just about everything well. This makes it a great choice for those that want a shorter, fatter, tapered, one board quiver ride.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Pretty good groomers, some uneven bumpy mid-winter groomers, some powder, some leftover powder and some semi-thick powder after an early morning slackountry run with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Falcor, Ride LTD
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back at a little wider than 22″.
Approximate Weight: Feels medium bordering on light but very well built.
Sizing: The Size Medium (aka 151) was a great fit but I was curious about how the small would work since the Ride Superpig is such a wide board.
Flex/Buttering: There is a good flex to it that is on the medium bordering on medium/stiff side between the feet but near the tip/tail it feels medium to medium-soft and allows for easier buttering. The core of this board has a very lively feel that is in line with the Warpig or the Twinpig but has a little more pop and energy underfoot. This flex tech is somewhat reminiscent of the Ultra-Light tech (UL) from a while back that we really liked. It feels a little rigid but snaps well with a little effort.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The mellow hybrid camber between the bindings going to a mellow early rise really changed up the ride and you can feel that on snow. It makes it a little less forgiving than the Warpig but still isn’t something that feels locked in. It borders on being semi-locked in and it still works with intermediate riders. It has a bigger feel to it than the Warpig though and that might be from the extra carbon fiber and the camber. It’s got a wide stable feel underfoot that doesn’t feel like a 151.
Edge Hold: This demo I borrowed had stronger edge hold than I’m used to from Ride and it felt on the finger like it wasn’t de-tuned. I said in the vid that it should be different in production but after a little thought, it might be what it is these days. If so that would be cool for guys’ like me that prefer stronger edge hold. For those that have some time on a production model, let me know how your’s gripped.
Turn Initiation: Pretty slow edge to edge even with my quite responsive Union Falcors. If was a little more work edge to edge than the Warpig and a little slower than the Sick Stick 151 I rode for a few months as well as the Warpig and Twinpig. It was slower than them edge to edge. Once the sidecut is ingaged it starts to speed up a bit though.
Turning Experience/Carving: So even though the Ride Superpig isn’t a super carver it had a lot more going on for it than we thought it might and it’s fun to really lay all your weight into each turn and see what happens. Taking out the Yes Optimistic on the same day made me realize that this is really fun but not quite there with more specialized turners that have more camber, different sidecuts, edge hold, etc.
Powder: So at first look, you might think the Ride Superpig could be a dedicated powder board but that isn’t really the case. The stance is centered on board and when set all the way back with a 22.75″ stance width there is a 5.75″ difference between nose/tail, or a 2.875″ setback on board. It felt like a really good All-Mountain board, which is good, but the compared to many Alternative Freeride boards that are way more tapered and set back on board it just didn’t do as much for directional float. If you like to ride switch in powder though, the Ride Superpig will be a much better choice though.
Speed: Really competent mountain speed and you can point it if you want. There are faster boards like the Ride MtnPig but this does good things for being so short and fat.
Uneven Terrain: Usually smaller boards can buck and bounce you around but the Ride Superpig felt really good underfoot powering over the mid-winter uneven snow we came across. It can’t weave through bumps fast but it’s somewhat doable but at least it can power over them without too much bucking and bouncing.
Switch: Very doable and this little tapered directional Ride Superpig did a good job throwing it around fakie. That is another thing that makes this pretty atypical of most freeride/alternative freeride boards out there and it gives it more of a double-ender/all-mountain kind of feel.
Getting Air/Park: The Ride Superpig pops into the air well and also has a very stable approach/landing that makes you want to air off everything you see. It inspired this old broken body to get a little more air. I wouldn’t want to take this into the pipe but I could see how some might like it here and I think most will like the Warpig a lot better if you want to jib.
All in all this little wide thing did a great job just about everywhere most people want to ride and it is a pretty recommendable one board quiver. The Superpig, the Warpig and Salomon Sickstick 151 are some of the only shorter somewhat wider boards I’ve tried that have this much of a centered, versatile personality with this much taper.
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Super Pig is Super Good
Great Quiver Killer for the older crowd (likes camber) or whomever has room/budget for one deck to do it all. Sizing is super important as board can be playful or less than if not sized right. I'm 210 lbs. and ride the large which is enough board for when it's boiler plate( north east coast USA) yet agile / playful enough for NE resort shredding. I found it surprisingly fast edge to edge once you find the sweet spot on the side cut. While it's directional it does like it better when center flexing then engaging the tail which holds like a vice. Flexing to front foot forward I found it likes to dive too fast. It's a crazy combo of fun/ forgiveness yet super stable at speed...Chilton is a genius!
Likely would step up to XL if riding was mainly large resort/deep off piste . Would give it a 5 but topless top sheet is no Bueno. Anything more than a sneeze and it scratches. I would save that tech for the Pros who may benefit from saving a few grams but get boards for free , no worries on long term commitments. I will be doing some DIY paint schemes for fun as original graphic will be toast by seasons end anyway. All in all a great deck.