Ride Superpig Review 2020
A brand new board for the 19/20 season, the Superpig takes a whole bunch of features that the Warpig has, and makes it a whole lot beefier. While the Warpig was a very popular and very recognisable board, it’s flat to rocker profile definitely suited park and powder riding, and it was a bit more work for all-mountain riding. Have a look at my Ride Warpig review here. Just like the Warpig, the Superpig doesn’t use regular centimetre sizing, and instead uses Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.
Quick comparison between the Ride Warpig and the Ride Superpig:
- Short, wide directional shape
- Flat to rocker profile
- Medium flex
- Short, wide directional shape
- Camber progile
- Stiff flex
Features of the 2020 Ride Superpig:
- Directional Hybrid Camber
Overall it has a camber profile, with some rocker on the wide nose for extra float and easy entry to turns.
- Tapered Bi-Radial Sidecut
A combination of sidecuts that is made to keep the board stable when you ride it with a flat base, as well as strong grip through turns.
- Performance Core
A step up from the regular core, the Performance version uses a mix of Aspen, Paulownia and Bamboo to get a mix between strong, light and poppy.
- Cleave Edge
A tougher and thicker edge than normal, that uses 50% more steel than a standard edge. The idea is that the more edge you have, the stronger it is.
- Sintered Base – Stone Ground Race Base
A very fast sintered base, that is infused with carbon to get the most speed possible. They have already been stone ground, so it comes with a nice structure.
Rather than using ABS or ptex for the sidewalls, slimewalls are made from urethane which gives them much more strength, and means they can take a bit more of a beating on rails than a regular sidewall.
- Carbon Slimewalls
An upgraded version of regular slimewalls, these ones have carbon added that starts from the back inserts of the board, and extend out to the tail for some extra response and pop.
- Roll-In Construction
- Carbon Array 5
The idea of this is to help get power (or control) to the parts of the board that need it most, so the carbon stringers extend from under the bindings, out towards the contact points on the board. It comes in two versions – 3 and 5, the Superpig uses the higher end version with 5 stringers.
- Topless Topsheet
The graphics are printed directly on the top layer of the fiberglass, so there is no topsheet adding weight to the board.
- Carbon Infused Glass
90 degree carbon fibers are stitched into the fiberglass, which gives the board extra pop and response, without adding extra stiffness.
How it Rides
Board size: Small (148cm)
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa SJ
Bindings: Salomon District set with a 22.5″ stance width, at +12 and -9.
This review is based on me demoing the 2020 model, which I rode for about a week at Nozawa Onsen in Japan. During the time that I was there, we got all kinds of different weather, which I think gave me a nice and rounded view of how it rides in all conditions. For the first couple of days, the temperature was nice and cold, and there was fast dry snow on the groomers with fairly light and dry knee deep powder out in the trees. It warmed up quite quickly after that, and even rained so we got some very wet, sloppy snow. Over the next couple of days, the temperature dropped again, and everything froze after melting quite a bit, so there were some very icy conditions in the morning. The afternoons turned to nice and soft spring slush, which is nice and forgiving for almost any board.
There is a bit more going on, but overall the Superpig rides a lot like a regular camber board – it is stable, poppy and holds a very good edge. With the large rocker section and wide nose, it does float in deep snow very easily.
Flex and Pop
They definitely aren’t exageratting when they say that it has a stiff flex. With the performance core, Carbon infused glass, Carbon slimewalls and Carbon array 5 stringers, it takes work to flex it. That isn’t a bad thing, it keeps it riding with a very solid feel, and even with the very short tail you can land very tail heavy and the tail will still save you while letting you ride away.
To be expected on a stiff and mainly cambered board, the edge hold is very good. Riding fast, even though icy patches there were no feelings that the board would slip out on you, and you quickly learn to push it a bit further than you would on other boards. I think it is mostly the camber profile, but the extra width means that even with decent sized boots you can put it right over and on to its edge, without worrying about the toes or heels of your boots hitting the snow.
The original Warpig was decent at speed, but this is a big step up. I waxed it right before riding, and over the week didn’t re-wax it at all. It comes with a nice structure, and the base soaks up wax well. I was expecting a bit of a drop in speed from riding on the fast cold dry snow, to the rain and slushy spring conditions, it always seemed to be quick. Weaving through the crowds on cat tracks was pretty standard on this board.
The float in deep snow (up to knee deep powder) on both the Superpig and Warpig is very good. The width of the board in general make board boards float without a problem, and the giant wide rocker nose and short tail give it a very surfy feel. Both are quite solid, but I did feel I could rely on the tail of the Superpig a bit more than the Warpig when smashing through snow on quick little drops with tight turns. I really like short wide boards for riding in powder, especially in tight trees as the short tail means that quick turns are easy, and it still keeps that surfy feel.
- Easy to carve
- Floats well
- Stiffness might surprise you
Overall the Superpig is great if you are an aggressive rider who wants a board that you can push a long way. As a stable, poppy but surfy board that carves hard I don’t know what other boards would come close. The stiffer flex means that it can handle the toughest riding, and it has loads of pop. The wide width means you can carve hard on groomers, and the camber holds a good edge. Although there isn’t a catchy feel that you can get on some camber boards, there is almost no forgiveness on the Superpig. If you aren’t such an aggressive rider, then the Warpig might be a better choice with its softer flex and mostly flat camber profile.
I think that sizing either of those two boards should be done just by your weight, then choosing the smallest model that includes you in the weight range. With the extra wide widths, and overall pretty different shape, if you rode it in your regular (centimetre) sizing it wouldn’t ride like it is designed to. If you are looking at buying a board with a weird shape like this, why would you want to buy it in your regular size anyway, when you are trying to get something different?
|Size (cm)||Effective Edge (cm)||Waist Width (mm)||Sidecut Radius (m)||Tip/Tail Width (mm)||Set Back||Ref Stance (mm)||Rider Weight (lbs/kgs)|
|X-Small 142||1044||250||4.60-5.60||301/291||0||483||60-130 / 27-59|
|Small 148||1095||260||5.10-6.20||311/301||0||533||100-175 / 45-79|
|Medium||1121||265||5.40-6.50||316/306||0||559||130-190 / 59-86|
|Large||1146||270||5.60-6.90||321/311||0||559||140-200 / 63-90|
|X-Large||1171||277||5.90-7.20||328/318||0||584||170-220+ / 77-100+|