Ride Warpig 2018 Review
The Ride Warpig is such a surprise board, I didn’t have any expectations before riding it, but ended up very impressed with it. The description of it is a strange one, it is described as a park, groomers and powder board, which is a unusual combination – but after riding it I can see that it is.
Features of the Ride Warpig 2018
- Tapered Directional Rocker
Flat between your feet, with large rocker on the nose of the board and a smaller rocker section on the table.
- Roll In Slimewalls
There is a fiberglass structure that is built around the normal urethane slimewalls that keep the board strong and light.
- Performace Core
This core is made up of Aspen wood with bamboo and Paulownia to get a balance between strength and weight.
- Hybrid Glass
A combination that has triaxial glass on top, with biaxial glass on the bottom. You end up with a good mix of torsion and stiffness that will handle well at speed.
- Sintered Base
A sintered base material, that is hard and fast. It does a good job at soaking up wax and keeping the board moving fast.
- Carbon Array 3 Laminates
Carbon stringers extend out from under the bindings to the contact points.
- Cleave Edge Steel
Thicker than normal edges, which are made to handle impacts from riding rails, so hopefully they can take more of a beating than regular sized edges.
- Topless Construction
The graphics are printed directly on the fiberglass, which means that you don’t need to have a topsheet material. It keeps the board durable and keeps the weight of the board down.
- 2×4 Inserts
- Extra Small (for girls)
How the Ride Warpig rides
I had a 22″ stance with the bindings set at +12 on the front foot and -9 on the back. I am 6 foot tall, and weigh about 150lbs.
The snow was a combination of hardpacked groomed runs, chunky snow in the trees, which ended up getting much softer as it snowed through the day.
Flex & Camber Profile
Although the Warpig has a flat profile with rocker on the nose and tail, if I had to test this board without knowing anything about it, I would have guessed that it would have had some camber sections in the profile, as it felt very solid. The 2017 model had a flex rating of 4/10, but I’m not sure if it has changed on the 2018 model that I rode. For me, I would have said that it felt medium to medium stiff, what I would expect a board with a 6/10 rating might feel like. Then again, the board I rode would have been very new, so might not be broken in yet.
The tapered directional shape is very very smooth to turn on, smooth edge to edge, and holds really well through the whole turn, even when the snow was quite hard. I’m not sure how it was done, but it held an edge like I would expect a cambered board to.
Even riding the board at high speeds it felt very stable, much more than I expected for a short and flat/rocker board. It has a sintered base, and there wasn’t any time that I felt like the board was slow.
I wouldn’t call it a super poppy board, but it doesn’t take too long to get used to it. The smaller tail feels fairly stiff, so once you get used to how much weight you need to load on to it, it will pop back nicely, but it does need a bit of work and practice.
Overall the Warpig is a really fun board, that was a big surprise to me. It makes charging down groomed runs really fun, and is small enough that it spins really easily, without feeling unstable. Riding switch feels a little different, but isn’t as weird as I thought it would feel.
The shorter lengths, and wide waist width really helps on the carving side of things. I was riding the Small version, which has a 260mm waist width. As hard as I wanted to turn, my toes and heels (of a size 10) never dug in, which meant I never had to worry about washing out in the middle of a turn from an unexpected grab.
Although I didn’t get to ride it in powder, I can imagine that the shape and shorter length would make it a pretty fun ride. It has gone to the top of my list of boards that I would want to buy for next season, everything about it was fun.
The cost is pretty high, and it sort of fits in the same type of weird fun boards like the Capita Slush Slasher. You could save a lot of money getting a board like the Slush Slasher, but it isn’t as much fun, or as stable as the Warpig.
- Turns like crazy
- Solid at speed
- All around fun board
- Costs a fair bit
Ride Warpig 2017 Specs
|Size||Effective Edge (mm)||Waist Width (mm)||Sidecut Entry Radius (m)||Sidecut Focus Radius (m)||Sidecut Exit Radius (m)||Rider Weight (lbs)||Rider Weight (kg)|
|XS||1044||250||4.6||–||5.6||60 – 130||27 – 59|
|S||1095||260||5.1||–||6.2||100 – 175||45 – 79|
|L||1146||270||5.6||–||6.9||140 – 200||63 – 90|