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Ride Warpig Review

One shape that can do it all
ride warpig snowboard review
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Top Pick Award
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Price:  $530 List | $529.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great value, powder and park, playful, nimble
Cons:  Can slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heels
Manufacturer:   Ride
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 8, 2022
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RANKED
#14 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 8.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 8.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

One shape that can do it all. The Ride Warpig's playful flex and unique shape excel in every situation from the park to railing perfect groomer turns. Despite its difficulty in hardpack, it was one of the most versatile and playful snowboards in the review, which allowed it to earn an award for transitions from powder to park; 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.

Editor's Note: We revised this article on December 8, 2022, to share the latest design and graphics updates to the Warpig.

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Pros Great value, powder and park, playful, nimbleGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicsLoads of pop, stable, fun turning experience
Cons Can slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heelsNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpackAverage powder floatation, pop is less user-friendly
Bottom Line One shape that can do it allOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budgetA board that we could happily ride every day
Rating Categories Ride Warpig K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic Jones Frontier Jones Mountain Twin
Edging (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Playfulness (20%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Ride Warpig K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic Jones Frontier Jones Mountain Twin
Riding Style Alternative Freeride Big mountain Alternative Freeride All Mountain All Mountain Freestyle
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Directional Rocker Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber CamRock
Flex Medium Stiff Stiff Medium Stiff Medium Stiff
Weight 6.2 lbs 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.44 lbs 6.1 lbs
Tested Length 151 cm 157 cm 151 cm 159 cm 157 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 142, 148, 151, 154, 158 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W 151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 160, 161, 162, 164, 167
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Aspen, bamboo, and paulownia wood Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood FSC Mountain (dual-density wood, hardwood bamboo stringers)
Waist Width 26.5 cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.4 cm 25.3 cm
Radius 5.4/6.5 m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.8 m
Taper 10 mm 6 mm 6 mm 0 mm 0 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Product Update Note — December 2022
Since we last rode the Warpig, Ride updated it with their Slim Wall technology for a lighter construction and better energy transfer. The board features topless construction and a bi-radial sidecut, as well as new graphics.

Single-purpose items are starting to make their way out of many markets. The phone that you might be 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 a high-value award.

Ride recommends sizing the Warpig down 6-10 cm from your usual snowboard size.

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.

ride warpig snowboard review - deep toeside turn overlooking lake tahoe.
Deep toeside turn overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Performance Comparison


ride warpig snowboard review - the large platform of the warpig really helps you dunk heelside turns.
The large platform of the Warpig really helps you dunk heelside turns.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Warpig has the tightest sidecut and one of the widest waist widths in the review. It 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 found it had very efficient and easy 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. It has a harder 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 particularly noticeable on the heel side edge or landing on jumps and rails.

ride warpig snowboard review - toe drag? what's that?
Toe Drag? What's that?
Credit: Adam Lechner

Float in Powder


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


We 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, where the nose of the board would over-flex at the apex of powerful turns, which compromised our security.

ride warpig snowboard review - warpig surfing on a powder day.
Warpig surfing on a powder day.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

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 ample stability for most riders, but if you love to have your periphery turn into a large blur while you race down the mountain, you might want more stability.

Playfulness


Versatility is the merit of this award, and the Warpig is one of the most versatile wider boards on the market. You can watch up-and-coming AMs 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 enough pop for the average snowboarder's needs.

ride warpig snowboard review - unappealing but great performing shape.
Unappealing but great performing shape.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Value


For this low price, 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 our pick for powder to park. 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.

ride warpig snowboard review - a graphic that keeps to the shadows.
A graphic that keeps to the shadows.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

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