Ride Warpig 2017-2023 Snowboard Review
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||< 8, 8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
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Ride Warpig Snowboard · 2023
Ride Warpig Unisex Snowboard 148cm
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Ride Warpig 2023 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
Ride Warpig Snowboard Video and Written Review
Thanks for checking out the Ride Warpig Snowboard Review from an average rider with an exceptionally objective perspective.
Update 2023: The Ride Warpig has not changed much or at all since this review so it is still relevant. There seems to be only a slight tweak to the topsheet to make it a little more durable.
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Great short/wide tapered directional one board quiver. Fun in the park.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not much to speak of but I preferred the more set back Psychocandy a little more.
The Ride Warpig takes a shorter wider tapered directional ride and gives it an all mountain/mountain freestyle feel to work with a wide variety of riders.
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A Break Down of How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back
Size: 154 but rode the 151 in the past.
Days: 4 this season and another 5+ in the past.
Conditions: Mostly good spring conditions but powder and good snow in the past.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, CG Habitats Glove,
Similar Boards (but not the same): Yes Hybrid, Endeavor Scout, Prior Legacy, Lib Tech Orca, Never Summer Harpoon, Niche Pyre, Yes Y,, Ride Superpig, Ride Psychocandy
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +18/-3, +18/+3. Close to Reference this time and Set all the way back on past demos.
How It Was Tested
I rode this often on the same day I rode the Ride Psychocandy and Superpig. All three boards had the same bindings and of course I rode the same boots.
The Ride Warpig feels pretty normal bordering on light for it’s size. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
So I have ridden the 151 and 154. The 154 is better for my weight and the 151 better for my boot size. For me I usually go with what is better for my boot size because the 151 was much easier to turn and control in all conditions. The 154 became a little too unruly if I had to turn too much in tight spots, messy snow or through bumps.
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
148 S: 8-9
151 M: 9-10
154 L: 10-11
158 XL: 11-12
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The short/wide tapered directional shape doesn’t feel super tapered and doesn’t require a lot of back footed weight to keep it from washing. It’s no double ender but pretty good for a tapered board. It also has a pretty centered ride on sidecut and board that makes it feel less tapered than it is. I think that is what gives it such a fun all mountain type of feel. Then you throw in the forgiving flat between the feet to rocker in the tip/tail camber profile you have a very stable but forgiving ride. Very easy to skid a turn if you size this correctly for your boots.
The Ride Warpig has a lot of pop and snaps easy into the air on an ollie. It is also very easy to butter. The new construction for 2022 seems to make it a bit more sturdy but doesn’t affect the dynamic flex too much. You can ride this all day and the flex doesn’t get cranky in uneven snow. The width isn’t ideal for turning through large bumps but it’s doable. It is great in a snake or banked slalom though. I personally found the narrower width and a little longer length of the Psychocandy more fun in all conditions but the Warpig is far from being a slouch.
The Ride Warpig is no bomber but it does have good mountain speed if you need to point it. The deep sidecut doesn’t seem to affect a straight line too much for how turny it is. The base glide is good but not exceptional.
For a board with no disruption the Ride Warpig has pretty good grip. The ride boards of the late 00’s and early teens didn’t grip like this. It isn’t as good as many boards with disrupted sidecuts but it is great for those that don’t like that ultra gripy feel but still want a competent board in hard snow.
So if you want something more set back and more surfy you have the Psychocandy. If you want something that drives through a turn harder you have the Superpig. The Ride Warpig sits between these two but isn’t bad as an all around turner. It’s slowish edge to edge but when on edge it really likes a circle carve or across the groomer carve. Longer drawn out turns aren’t bad either but it really shines with tighter circles.
The Ride Warpig has pretty good float but it’s not exceptional. It is more like an above average all mountain board and that is no bad thing. With a 22.75” stance width you can get 3” back from center of board. Then you factor in the taper and early rise in the nose/tail you have pretty good directional float. You can even throw it around switch pretty well without cartwheeling.
As I said in powder the Ride Warpig is very doable switch. Especially when on the reference stance. While the Superpig is more mountain/carve friendly the Warpig is more park friendly. Not that I jibbed with it but you for sure can. It also tracks well into kickers too. That is what makes this board so well liked by rippers is how well it does in the park for a shorter, wider, tapered ride.
So if you truly want a little of everything, including a pretty proficient park ride the Ride Warpig could be a solid choice. I personally prefer the more setback Psychocandy but if you like a more centered ride its all about the Warpig.
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Ride Warpig Past Reviews
The Ride Warpig doesn’t feel like its name. Instead, it feels more like the Gazelle Pig. It’s a very unique board that has a lot of interesting traits for a short fatty. Most boards like this I tried really shine when it comes to turning and carving. The Ride Warpig doesn’t compete there but it offers up more of a jack of all trades kind of ride from the park to the mountain.
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Size: Small and Large
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 sidecut, 15 front -12 back approx 23″ wide.
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty light but not fragile.
Sizing: I liked the Small a lot better the first time around and that was a great fit for my size 9’s. I think Jimbo and Zobel (our 11ish boot riders) would of loved the Large better.
Flex: It’s a middle ground flex between the feet but still pretty
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. The small was a light dynamic short fatty that felt like it could do a lot more than just surf snow.
Edge Hold: Some like a sidecut that has no real disruption and some prefer side cuts that have a little to a lot of extra grip. We generally prefer more grip from our side cut but many don’t. Ride’s boards (including the Warpig) let go pretty easy when the snow transitions from medium to medium hard and it can be a surprise. It’s a better good snowboard.
Turn Initiation: The Ride Warpig offers up turn initiation that’s different than normal short fatty’s. 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.
Turning Experience: This is a fun board to turn but this is one place where it’s not quite in line with other short fatty’s that are usually super springy taint tickling good times. This is fun but not the kind of board that sets you up from turn to turn. It makes you do a lot more work and doesn’t really spring from edge to edge. You can drive turns off your front foot without it being too washy. Same for more of a centered turn but it rides best with a little extra weight off the back foot.
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. The Ride Warpig compromises turning and carving to have a wider appeal across the spectrum of riding styles. That’s what makes a board like this great in the park as well as the mountain but also makes carving less fun.
Speed: Ride makes damp boards and although this isn’t their dampest it’s damper than it would seem from inspecting it in a shop. It’s a stable board at speed.
Uneven Terrain: Short fatty’s aren’t really fun in bumps or hammering through the 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: There is a centered stance on side cut but there is a good set back on board. When set all the way back at a 22.75″ stance width you can get 5.75″ back on board. Many short fatty’s like this are set back a lot further on board but it’s a lot more than you would think for a stance that’s centered on sidecut. That combined with the rocker towards the tip/tail, the big ass nose, and tapered tail there should be a pretty good float.
Switch: Much better switch than we thought and you can take it each way without having to adjust as much as you would think. That’s where a board like this surprises you as it doesn’t seem like it would be good for riding switch but I kept throwing it around the other way without even thinking about it. With most short fatty’s the thought of riding switch doesn’t even come to mind.
Jibbing: Didn’t jib with it but it seems like it’s going to be a lot stronger than you would think there. The Ride Warpig is one of a few short fatties that I would take to the jib park as I’m a shitty jibber and like a forgiving board there.
Pipe: No pipe but not usually into short wide boards when riding the pipe. I might be surprised here but who’s to know for sure.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail and it’s pretty good for a board that’s mostly flat. I would prefer to get air off the Twinpig but the Ride Warpig has a nice stable platform underfoot approaching and landing on kickers. You can even take off and land switch a lot more easy than you would expect.
So in conclusion, if you want to carve and turn there are many better boards out there. However, if you want to go short/fat but play all over the mountain and park then the Ride Warpig could be a great call.
Ride Warpig Specs
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Ride Warpig User Reviews
Made me love snowboarding again
I rode the Large on East Coast ice/groomers, Whistler powder and all mountain, and Alberta Groomers. This board does it all in my opinion.
It's really fun to ride, holds and edge and you can really let it rip down a groomer or through the chop. I'm not much of a park guy, but it was fun on the jumps I took it off, and really fun for little hit around the resort.
In powder she shines. Floaty and never easy to ride. Edge to edge is surprisingly easy given it's width, and the shorter length makes it easier to throw around in tight spots, trees or steeps.
It really does have a surfy feel, and the experience is different to riding a traditionally shaped board. It's just more fun. I felt confident on this board in a way that I hadn't felt in years.
If you think you don't like snowboarding anymore then get yourself a warpig, the love will be rekindled and you'll be out there more than ever.
Imagine skating the SF hills
I work the snowboard demos at squaw so i get out on alot of boards about 150 days a year. this board is the knees, for me at least. not great when doing tactical steep cliffs and chutes but it is very possible, just have better boards for that. where this board EXCELS is park and riding groomers like your on a skateboard. great of bigger booters and higher speed rails but can still do the small tech rails well. groomers it is just as ultimately playful as you can imagine. and she can cook high speeds, the biradial sidecut is sweet for having the long carve at high speeds and quick turns at slower. just imagine trying to ride like dylan gamache (yawgoons) and thats this board
Aggressive Fat Pig
I’ve been testing the 2019 Warpig size M, in Ischgl for the past two days. The below is based on riding the Pig on groomers.
Although it is not a race monster or carving machine, it definitely allows you to aggressively plow through everything in its way with ease.
I noticed that I was passing everyone on the slope, skiers included, particularly when the terrain was a bit rougher, without really making the deliberate effort to do so.
Similarly, although I wasn’t trying to set speed records, I measured +50 Mph, so if you go full throttle I would say 60 Mph is feasible, which is really fast for such a fat little piggy.
I must say that at these speeds I sometimes felt the back end becoming a bit nervous, like full throttle with a RWD car in the corners . In fact, I would compare the Warpig to a BMW M2: a small and yet brutal RWD drifter.
Edge to edge it wasn’t the quickest, due to it’s width. It does turn very easily though. Edge hold was superb, especially considering how small it is. It was better even than the Nidecker Rave 159 which I rode the same day, which is really meant as a stable carver. Considering the Warpig doesn’t have camber that’s quite an accomplishment. Apparently Ride boards are not the best in the edgehold category, but I found this one hold its edge just fine.
Comparing the Warpig with the Rave (quite different categories of course) was actually interesting. I felt this Rave would potentially outperform in terms of speed (a bit faster base) and carvebility). Yet I noticed that in practice in areas where I was struggling a bit with the Nidecker like the rest of the people, with the Warpig I just blasted through it all, holding an edge and keeping control.
BMW M2 is a comparison to make, but a Russian T34 tank would be just as accurate. In theory it may not the finest for there is more refined equipment out there, but in practice it’s indestructible and blasts through everything you put in front of it.
The Warpig, it’s an pissed of wild boar as far as I’m concerned. It looks fat and sluggish, but once you start harassing it, it goes into beast mode.
I would give it 9 out of 10.
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