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Ride Warpig Review

One shape that can do it all.
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $490 List | $475.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Great value, quiver killer (park or pow), playful, nimble
Cons:  Can slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heels, challenging to size
Manufacturer:   Ride
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 20, 2019
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  • Edging - 25% 8
  • Float in Powder - 20% 9
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 20% 9
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 7

Our Verdict

One shape that can do it all. The Ride Warpig's playful flex and unique shape excels in every situation from the park to railing perfect groomer turns. Despite its difficulty in hard pack, it was one of the most versatile and playful snowboards in the review, which allowed it to earn the Top Pick Award for the Quiver Killer. This means no need for a different board for powder, park, and groomers. The Warpig's well-rounded performance is hard to accomplish and deserves recognition. If you're looking for a one-stop shop to provide optimal quality of experience in all forms of snowboarding, you've found it. If not, check out the Best in Class article for the best performers in each metric.

New Graphics

Ride furnished the Warpig with some fresh graphics since our test period, but the construction of the board is still the same as the version we tested. The latest graphics are shown above.

October 2019


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Pros Great value, quiver killer (park or pow), playful, nimbleFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicGreat value, versatile, nimble, fun
Cons Can slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heels, challenging to sizeTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatCan slip on hardbackBelow average float in powder
Bottom Line One shape that can do it all."That was totally wicked." -The IncrediblesSnowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.Porsche performance at Honda prices.The Fury has everything you need and nothing you don't for the sunny everyday board.
Rating Categories Ride Warpig Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two Jones Explorer Nitro Quiver Fury
Edging (25%)
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8
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Stability At Speed (20%)
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Specs Ride Warpig Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... Jones Explorer Nitro Quiver Fury
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Asymetrical twin
Camber/Rocker Directional Rocker Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid- Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Soft-Medium Medium-Stiff Medium/Stiff
Weight 6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz) 6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz) 6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz) 6.4 (lb) / 102.4 (oz) 6 (lb) / 96 (oz)
Tested Length 151 151 157 159 159
Available Lengths 142, 148, 151, 154, 158 151, 154, 157 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W 157, 163
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood Wood Wood
Waist Width (cm) 26.5 26.6 26.3 26.2 25
Radius (m) 5.4/6.5 6.5 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5 9/5.6-7/4.1
Taper(mm) 10 6 0 0 0

Our Analysis and Test Results

Single purpose items are starting to make their way out of many markets. The phone that you're reading this review on is the perfect example. The phone function is encased by social media, navigation, and other apps that create a very multipurpose item, and the multi-functionally is in part why we place so much value on them. The Warpig follows suit. It performed well in every category and was a competitor to win the Best Buy Award but its lower levels of edge security on hardpack sealed the deal for Jones Explorer.

Performance Comparison


The large platform of the Warpig really helps you dunk heelside turns.
The large platform of the Warpig really helps you dunk heelside turns.

Edging


The Warpig has the tightest sidecut and one of the widest waist widths in the review. This model provided a very fun, and nimble, edging style that is enhanced by a playful flex and stable platform brought by the waist width. Given its waist width, our testers were found it had very efficient edge to edge movement at all speeds. It excelled at short radius turns that had felt snappy and quick based upon its tight sidecut and tapered profile.


The Warpig was able to make secure and powerful medium radius turns. Our tester could comfortably hold these arcs with speed and precision. The model does have a hard time maintaining those longer high speed arcing turns due to the sidecut and rockered tip/tail profile. In edge-able soft snow, this board provided an all-time experience. Although, our testing suggests that because of its rockered tip and tail this model struggles to maintain edge contact in firm snow conditions. This was particularity noticeable on the heel side edge. Overall the Warpig scored an 8 out of 10 in edging. Top of class competitors with this edging style with improved edge hold in hardpack are the Never Summer Proto Type Two and the Nitro Fury.

Toe Drag? What's that?
Toe Drag? What's that?

Float in Powder


The Warpig has a setback stance, 7mm tapered profile, and rockered tip to provide top of the review class floatation. Its smaller tail profile keeps the board nimble in treed settings and helps provide additional flotation when compared to the twin like profile of the Travis Rice Pro Pointy.


Our testers found the nose to be a little soft in heavier snow. This was a two-way trade-off. The benefit was that the nose had some give against the snow which aided in floatation. The downside was found in more open terrain while making higher speed turns. The nose of the board would seem to over flex at the apex of powerful turns which compromised our security. The stiffer nose of the Burton Deep Thinker provided security here. All things considered, the Warpig scored a 9 out of 10 on this metric.

Warpig surfing on a powder day.
Warpig surfing on a powder day.

Stability at Speed


This board felt stable at high speeds. When pushed to its limit the rockered nose had a little chatter but the directional flex pattern provided additional security. The rockered tip and tail were a threat to edge security depending on turn radius and snow type. The Warpig provides amble stability for most riders, scoring a 7 out of 10. If you love to have your periphery turn into a large blur while you race down the mountain the Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber could be for you.


Playfulness


Versatility is the merit for this award. The Warpig is one of the most versatile wider boards on the market. You can watch up and coming AM's like Brandon Davis riding it in the street or at X games, and see it at your local hill ripping groomers or staying afloat in the deep. Our testing supported these use-contexts. It shined with its playful flex and turning style that can either be railed or surf styled and slashy off of the tail. Even jibbing was enjoyable on this model, it could be pressed and never felt catchy.

Pop and Jumping


Similar to the stability metric, the Warpig provided sufficient pop aided by the large nose and flex pattern for substantial loading potential.


It was not the best popping board in the review due to its rockered tip/tail and flat camber profile. However, this model provided plenty of pop for the average snowboarder's needs. If pop and playfulness are high priorities also check out the Capita Kazu Pro.

Unappealing but great performing shape.
Unappealing but great performing shape.

Best Applications


You dream it, the Warpig can do it. From front board same ways to deep days at the resort, this board can always be called into duty. If you enjoy quick and energetic edging between boosting side hits or riding fresh powder in-between the trees, then this is the board for you.

Deep toeside turn overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Deep toeside turn overlooking Lake Tahoe.

Value


For under $500, you can have a board that does it all and is backed by a three-year warranty. This value compares to the buy one get one free deal at your favorite happy hour. Hard to beat.

Conclusion


Are you tired of switching bindings between your board every day depending on the conditions? If so, the Warpig might be the solution. Its well-rounded performance made it the most versatile board in the review and crowned Top Pick for the Quiver Killer. It has a fun yet strong edging style that comes in a user-friendly package. The total package is great for beginners, park riders, and powder rippers alike.

Other Versions and Accessories


The Ride Warpig is sold is a variety of sizes listed as: XS, S, M, L. We tested the M which is a 151.

A graphic that keeps to the shadows.
A graphic that keeps to the shadows.


Isaac Laredo