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Rider: 6'1, ~200lb, Size 9.5US Ride Fuse. Semi-advanced freeride, intermediate freestyle. Go fast, carve hard, pop high, get playful on any sidehits I find or just send it.

Ride Warpig Large (154cm) - Now Pilots soft bushings medially, medium bushings laterally +18, -12 on reference position (22 inches)

Days on Board: 6 all in May, but a good variety of conditions. I've had morning bullet proof and afternoon slushfest, mid winter conditions, and even a 10cm powder day.

Flex/Profile: There's no way this board is a 4/10 as Ride rates it. Maybe if it's going to still break in a lot more. The flex feels directional, softer in the nose stiffening towards the tail. A longer rocker in the nose, flat under and between the bindings, and just a touch of rocker with a fairly sharp kick in the tail.

Pop/Ollies: Delightfully surprising. I've been on camber dominant boards all season, partly because I love how well you can generate air. Now being flat this board doesn't have quite the energy return of camber, but if you load it up you can still get every bit of air you need. It also responds really well to a quick skate-style snap, though my skill here isn't the best it still got me onto every ollie-on feature I found.

Stability: I'm used to wide boards, but this is my first super wide/short fat style board and the stability blew me away. I actually hit my top speed all season on this board, and in afternoon slush mounds I never got bucked. There's enough beef and volume in the tail to handle backseat landings if you get a bit off balance, which is why most other short fats don't appeal to me.

Carving/Edgehold/Handling: It's short and flat to rocker so I wasn't expecting much in the edgehold camp, but I was pleasantly surprised. The icy spring mornings the grip never faultered, though I knew it's limitations. I was still leaving nice pencil thin lines everywhere I went. Anything but ice, this thing is a dream to really lay over thanks to the width. I was worried the super tight sidecut might limit it a bit here, but even nice long drawn out carves were a breeze. If I hadn't read the specs I'd have no idea the sidecut is so tight. It doesn't have that spring edge to edge like camber does, but if you shift weight into the tail coming out of each carve you can still get a nice pop to get the board into the air as you roll over to the next edge.

Park/Playfulness: I'm not sure if what Brandon Davis can do on this board speaks volumes for the boards ability, or his. Probably both. It's a directional board with taper, but it's twin between the contacts. I have zero issues with it switch, spins, presses, nose rolls all happen very smoothly. I actually prefer buttering/nose rolls etc off the tail where being slightly stiffer helps give that extra pop to spin it back around, though the longer softer nose makes it easier to lean into and get more flex out of it. Nice easy snap/pop for getting onto features and the flat profile slides well, though I do prefer camber for really locking into boardslides it just means I have to be a little more onto it with my balance/weight over the board here.

Powder: Only had one day of powder and it wasn't exactly deep, but this board planed very well. I remember trying to bury the nose but it just wouldn't go under. Keeps its speed in mellow sections well, making it a blast to slash and turn without being afraid of losing speed and sinking. Something super deep could be a different story, but with it's surface area and profile I can't see myself ever not enjoying this in Powder. It even rode switch pretty well, zero issues keeping it up and I look forward to trying some switch landings on deeper days. For steep and deep terrain I think a true freeride size and shape will always perform better over the short fat trend, but I intend to put this to the test next season and I doubt it'll fall short (pun intended).

Overall Impression: I think the name fits perfectly, because this thing is an absolute weapon. The shape looks badass, the profile is super versatile, the flex can be made to work well anywhere on the mountain, and the width and sidecut just beg to be leaned over. I think I'll be spending most of my time on this board, it's incredibly versatile and just so much fun in all conditions. Aside from boilerplate ice, or aggressive switch riding I don't see myself grabbing other boards often.
 

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Nice review Phed. I am really hoping I find a way to ride one of these next year. I am super intrigued by it. Seems like it could be a super fun board for small mountain riding. Appreciate the thoughts!
 

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I think I'll be spending most of my time on this board, it's incredibly versatile and just so much fun in all conditions. Aside from boilerplate ice, or aggressive switch riding I don't see myself grabbing other boards often.
Coming towards the end of a full NZ season, this remains true. Looks like a quiver board, performs as a quiver of one. I pulled out my Huck Knife for some slushy afternoon park laps 3-4 times, and rode my Custom X only twice on the iciest of days. Actually sold both of those boards, but I'll likely get some similar replacements once back in Canada because I frequent this forum far too often and whilst the Warpig might be "The One" I'm not quite ready for that level of commitment yet :grin:

I've also been blessed with plenty more powder to confirm that this board absolutely rocks there. I set it back from reference once and that was in some super deep and light snow. Otherwise it's been kept on reference inserts, and I've now shifted to +21,-9 angles. Most people speak of the short fat style excelling in lower angle powder, but most of my riding has been on a 30-45 degree wide open slope with 650-700m vertical. I've opened it up in every condition on that face and this piggy laps it up. Handles spring corn better than anything I've ridden before, too.
 

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Coming towards the end of a full NZ season, this remains true. Looks like a quiver board, performs as a quiver of one. I pulled out my Huck Knife for some slushy afternoon park laps 3-4 times, and rode my Custom X only twice on the iciest of days. Actually sold both of those boards, but I'll likely get some similar replacements once back in Canada because I frequent this forum far too often and whilst the Warpig might be "The One" I'm not quite ready for that level of commitment yet


I've also been blessed with plenty more powder to confirm that this board absolutely rocks there. I set it back from reference once and that was in some super deep and light snow. Otherwise it's been kept on reference inserts, and I've now shifted to +21,-9 angles. Most people speak of the short fat style excelling in lower angle powder, but most of my riding has been on a 30-45 degree wide open slope with 650-700m vertical. I've opened it up in every condition on that face and this piggy laps it up. Handles spring corn better than anything I've ridden before, too.
LOL at "the ONE & commitment" comment. Honestly, both forums aren't good if you want to commit to 1, or even 2 go-to decks.

Read the review again, sounds like everything I've been hearing from others. That this is one of Ride's most fun boards (THE best in the line, according to my shop guy who doesn't even carry Ride). And you loved your Huck Knife too, and sold your TT cos of it. Wonder what beast can force you to sell this haha?
 

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Rider: 6'1, ~200lb, Size 9.5US Ride Fuse. Semi-advanced freeride, intermediate freestyle. Go fast, carve hard, pop high, get playful on any sidehits I find or just send it.

Ride Warpig Large (154cm) - Now Pilots soft bushings medially, medium bushings laterally +18, -12 on reference position (22 inches)

Days on Board: 6 all in May, but a good variety of conditions. I've had morning bullet proof and afternoon slushfest, mid winter conditions, and even a 10cm powder day.

Flex/Profile: There's no way this board is a 4/10 as Ride rates it. Maybe if it's going to still break in a lot more. The flex feels directional, softer in the nose stiffening towards the tail. A longer rocker in the nose, flat under and between the bindings, and just a touch of rocker with a fairly sharp kick in the tail.

Pop/Ollies: Delightfully surprising. I've been on camber dominant boards all season, partly because I love how well you can generate air. Now being flat this board doesn't have quite the energy return of camber, but if you load it up you can still get every bit of air you need. It also responds really well to a quick skate-style snap, though my skill here isn't the best it still got me onto every ollie-on feature I found.

Stability: I'm used to wide boards, but this is my first super wide/short fat style board and the stability blew me away. I actually hit my top speed all season on this board, and in afternoon slush mounds I never got bucked. There's enough beef and volume in the tail to handle backseat landings if you get a bit off balance, which is why most other short fats don't appeal to me.

Carving/Edgehold/Handling: It's short and flat to rocker so I wasn't expecting much in the edgehold camp, but I was pleasantly surprised. The icy spring mornings the grip never faultered, though I knew it's limitations. I was still leaving nice pencil thin lines everywhere I went. Anything but ice, this thing is a dream to really lay over thanks to the width. I was worried the super tight sidecut might limit it a bit here, but even nice long drawn out carves were a breeze. If I hadn't read the specs I'd have no idea the sidecut is so tight. It doesn't have that spring edge to edge like camber does, but if you shift weight into the tail coming out of each carve you can still get a nice pop to get the board into the air as you roll over to the next edge.

Park/Playfulness: I'm not sure if what Brandon Davis can do on this board speaks volumes for the boards ability, or his. Probably both. It's a directional board with taper, but it's twin between the contacts. I have zero issues with it switch, spins, presses, nose rolls all happen very smoothly. I actually prefer buttering/nose rolls etc off the tail where being slightly stiffer helps give that extra pop to spin it back around, though the longer softer nose makes it easier to lean into and get more flex out of it. Nice easy snap/pop for getting onto features and the flat profile slides well, though I do prefer camber for really locking into boardslides it just means I have to be a little more onto it with my balance/weight over the board here.

Powder: Only had one day of powder and it wasn't exactly deep, but this board planed very well. I remember trying to bury the nose but it just wouldn't go under. Keeps its speed in mellow sections well, making it a blast to slash and turn without being afraid of losing speed and sinking. Something super deep could be a different story, but with it's surface area and profile I can't see myself ever not enjoying this in Powder. It even rode switch pretty well, zero issues keeping it up and I look forward to trying some switch landings on deeper days. For steep and deep terrain I think a true freeride size and shape will always perform better over the short fat trend, but I intend to put this to the test next season and I doubt it'll fall short (pun intended).

Overall Impression: I think the name fits perfectly, because this thing is an absolute weapon. The shape looks badass, the profile is super versatile, the flex can be made to work well anywhere on the mountain, and the width and sidecut just beg to be leaned over. I think I'll be spending most of my time on this board, it's incredibly versatile and just so much fun in all conditions. Aside from boilerplate ice, or aggressive switch riding I don't see myself grabbing other boards often.

Too long. DR. :D

So... is it any good?

I've seen a few; I think they look ugly, but the guys riding then always seem to be having fun....
 

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I'm picking one up this year. I was originally set on a large at 5'11 205-210 lbs but i lost some weight and now I'm 185-190 (this is all sans gear but I'm a shells person) so I'm a bit torn. From what everyone one says I'll be fine on either. just torn. I've got pilots as well that are currently waiting to be tried on a funslinger but I was thinking they'd suit this well and play nice with the '18 graphs
 

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And you loved your Huck Knife too, and sold your TT cos of it. Wonder what beast can force you to sell this haha?
I'm jinxing myself for sure, but I doubt I'll ever sell it hah. Quite probably end up with another Huck Knife and a few other Salomon boards through the shops discount, Sick Stick for sure if they still have any 162s in stock. Basically I still want a good AM Freestyle/park deck and something for more aggressive carving as well. Warpigs edgehold is surprisingly good, but it's still only 1150mm of EE...

Too long. DR. :D

So... is it any good?

I've seen a few; I think they look ugly, but the guys riding then always seem to be having fun....
Haha, yes. It's good. Versatility being the key for it's goodness, with the right mix of snap and dampness to be fun in any and all conditions even if it might not excel as a more specialised board would.

I'm picking one up this year. I was originally set on a large at 5'11 205-210 lbs but i lost some weight and now I'm 185-190 (this is all sans gear but I'm a shells person) so I'm a bit torn. From what everyone one says I'll be fine on either. just torn. I've got pilots as well that are currently waiting to be tried on a funslinger but I was thinking they'd suit this well and play nice with the '18 graphs
Really depends what you want to use it for; A fun small board for dicking around on that will handle the rest of the resort, or something you could ride everything and everywhere with and still maintain a playful personality.
 

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I was debating on getting a slush slasher, but I think I'mma get a warpig just based on your review. Time to start hunt'n. probably won't find it though, so give me yours phedder
 

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I see these Warpigs every now and then and always want to try it out, but I can't (haven't really looked hard) find one. The local rental doesn't have it in stock nor do any of the shops.


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I was debating on getting a slush slasher, but I think I'mma get a warpig just based on your review. Time to start hunt'n. probably won't find it though, so give me yours phedder
What ever happened with your Mercury?
 

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I see these Warpigs every now and then and always want to try it out, but I can't (haven't really looked hard) find one. The local rental doesn't have it in stock nor do any of the shops.


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What ever happened with your Mercury?
it's busted. Shouldn't have delammed from that tiny hit, but it's busted.
 

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Great review. Falls in line with a lot of my thoughts. I've put a couple days on mine and will put a couple more this weekend. I'm also on the large, about Phed's size, 6', 210 lbs.

Couple thoughts to add here, and I'm curious your thoughts, Phed.

This thing is awful at slow speed and for beginner riders skidding turns. Terrible if you don't have the technique to drive it up on edge and get good board angle. I would not ride it unless you can legit carve. Back-foot ruddering feels terrible.

I've had issues with it in firm, technical terrain. In good snow, no problems. On icy heelside traverses, I had trouble holding the line in those moments where your speed starts to slow before you hit that next downward slope you can gather some speed. In a firm, rutted bowl or late day mashed potato bumps at Mammoth, I found myself wanting more tail. I would have felt far more comfortable on my Blur.

Curious your thoughts on using it as a pow board, phed. I am thinking of selling my Cool Bean and using this as a pow/all-mountain board. But not sure if it'd fill the niche in bottomless conditions.
 

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not phed but from what I've noticed on my pig was that on heelside, if your technique is sloppy, it becomes apparent real quick because of the smaller effective edge. squat lower and try to feel the edge out so you get a smoother carve. backfoot ruddering (speed checks right?) was fine for me... but yeah for rutted out frozen mash this board is lacking, but I don't think any board would be good for our so cal frozen mash, they're like mini moguls.

p.s. don't forget to pump your legs.
 

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not phed but from what I've noticed on my pig was that on heelside, if your technique is sloppy, it becomes apparent real quick because of the smaller effective edge. squat lower and try to feel the edge out so you get a smoother carve. backfoot ruddering (speed checks right?) was fine for me... but yeah for rutted out frozen mash this board is lacking, but I don't think any board would be good for our so cal frozen mash, they're like mini moguls.

p.s. don't forget to pump your legs.
I'm fine carving downhill, but a heelside TRAVERSES have been really tough, manhandling that width at low-speed is not easy. Bad enough that I might just start doing longer skier's left traverses switch so I can get on my toeside. That said, I've only ridden the board 2 days so hard I may just need to adapt to the board.
 

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I'm fine carving downhill, but a heelside TRAVERSES have been really tough, manhandling that width at low-speed is not easy. Bad enough that I might just start doing longer skier's left traverses switch so I can get on my toeside. That said, I've only ridden the board 2 days so hard I may just need to adapt to the board.
well even though I mentioned the word carve, I was actually talking about traversing heel side. I only rode the board for 1 day also, I definitely felt that I had to ride it differently than other boards (my first short fat and R-Flat-R).
 

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Great review. Falls in line with a lot of my thoughts. I've put a couple days on mine and will put a couple more this weekend. I'm also on the large, about Phed's size, 6', 210 lbs.

Couple thoughts to add here, and I'm curious your thoughts, Phed.

This thing is awful at slow speed and for beginner riders skidding turns. Terrible if you don't have the technique to drive it up on edge and get good board angle. I would not ride it unless you can legit carve. Back-foot ruddering feels terrible.

I've had issues with it in firm, technical terrain. In good snow, no problems. On icy heelside traverses, I had trouble holding the line in those moments where your speed starts to slow before you hit that next downward slope you can gather some speed. In a firm, rutted bowl or late day mashed potato bumps at Mammoth, I found myself wanting more tail. I would have felt far more comfortable on my Blur.

Curious your thoughts on using it as a pow board, phed. I am thinking of selling my Cool Bean and using this as a pow/all-mountain board. But not sure if it'd fill the niche in bottomless conditions.
I kinda touched on some of that in another thread, guess it's relevant to have it here in this review too;

I think this is the crux of it. I hadn't really thought about it much before, but now that I have, here it is:

The Warpig rides differently to any other board I've ridden, as above it's a board that needs a high degree of inclination to ride well. The rocker in the tip and tail, along with it's width, means that it's fairly poor on a skidded turn. The tip and tail contact point won't engage the same way camber will, and with the width (especially on your size 8.5s) it's a lot more work leverage wise to help keep the board stable if you are skidding turns/skipping over crud. Ultimately I think it feels very loose and sloppy when skidding around, especially on bad snow.

It only really comes alive when you properly tilt it on edge and let the contact points properly bite into the snow, and the sidecut do the work. It has a super tight sidecut, and despite it's width once it's up on edge it feels surprisingly nimble, and actually pops very nicely edge to edge when ridden dynamically like you would with a camber board. I've realised I drive this board more from my ankles than any other board I ride, doing a lot of tight 'cross under' carves. I have to adapt when I jump back on my other boards which are narrower, I wiped out from heel bite 3 times in my first run on my 155W villain yesterday, just giving it too much inclination and really pointing my toes to the sky like I would on the pig.

Flat based vs on edge it has two very different personalities, the nose contact point hooks up very aggressively and it holds a much better edge than a flat to rocker board with a relatively short EE should. Out of curiosity I just measured how long the nose contact blend is by tilting it hard on edge on my carpet and sliding 2 bits of paper in on either side of the nose contact point until they stopped. Measuring the gap between the bits of paper. I got 9cm on the Warpig, and I repeated it with 3 more traditionally shaped popsicle style twins, which all measured 6.5-7cm. I'd say that's a significant difference, and I'm sure has something to do with how 'precise' it can feel on edge.

I hope that rambling makes some kind of sense. My advice to you would be definitely shift your bindings more towards the toes, and ideally slap on some slightly more responsive bindings as well. I'm riding mine with Ride Fuse's and Now Pilots with the hard bushings, both boot and binding probably a notch up response wise on your Lassos and Vitas. Definitely give it a chance on some well groomed slopes, and of course in the powder. If after that it's still not your cup of tea, maybe the small would be a better call.

Kind of unrelated, but it is a relatively burly board. I have no idea how ride rates it a 4/10, sure the nose is soft but the rest of it ain't. I've got a flow Whiteout as well which they rate a 6/10 and it feels significantly softer than the pig, I'd actually swap their ratings.
For traverses I find it's how you're weighting the edge. Using your ankles for a long traverse isn't really an option, so it's either sit more into a squat, or drive your knees and shins towards the mountain more. Personally I always traverse on my toes, whether that means switch or regular doesn't matter. Much more manageable.

For pow if you get a lot of bottomless conditions, it probably won't hang well enough. Anything under a foot and I'd say it's pretty fantastic as long as it's not super low angle. I'm always on reference, rode it set back once and it definitely helped in the pow but the tail is already so short and the sidecut so tight, it rode like absolute shit on the groomers back to the lift haha.
 

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For traverses I find it's how you're weighting the edge. Using your ankles for a long traverse isn't really an option, so it's either sit more into a squat, or drive your knees and shins towards the mountain more. Personally I always traverse on my toes, whether that means switch or regular doesn't matter. Much more manageable.

For pow if you get a lot of bottomless conditions, it probably won't hang well enough. Anything under a foot and I'd say it's pretty fantastic as long as it's not super low angle. I'm always on reference, rode it set back once and it definitely helped in the pow but the tail is already so short and the sidecut so tight, it rode like absolute shit on the groomers back to the lift haha.
Gotcha. Thanks for the insight. I REALLY did not like this thing on a heelside traverse, but it's not so directional riding switch is that problematic. I have only recently gotten comfortable enough riding switch to try it traversing, but I think I should be fine now.

Thanks for pow insight. I probably won't do it and keep a dedicated pow board in the quiver. But I'm going to take it out tomorrow in pretty springy conditions (it's gotten WARM in Tahoe) and I have a feeling it'll do really well. Wide waist = no boot out, coarse base structure + warm wax = hopefully no suction effect. We'll see.

I was briefly considering selling mine and swapping out for a XL next year, but I think I'll give mine a few more days to get used to it.

Also, I agree it's surprisingly burly. I'm surprised they give it a 4/10 stiffness. I usually run my Pilots on my surfy, fun boards, and run Salomon Defenders on my aggressive responsive boards. I find the Defenders are much better suited to this board so far.
 

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I have ridden mine about few weekends now and here is my input if you all don't mind:wink: I'm 5'10 195lbs., sz.9 boots, Inter-advanced rider. As Phedder has already mentioned and others,this boards rips! It does require a high angle on edge to ride really well but if you ride pretty aggressively it would not be a problem. Traversing for me on both ways(toe/heel )is fine and riding on chopped up snow was good just have your knees bent to absord some bumps.

Carving on this is great, the edgehold is amazing, the edge is about as good as my Rossi One,though i have not tried it out on icy days yet. Riding on this on slow pace is ok,i just try to play around and try to do some nose rolls or something. I was able to ride this on about a foot of new snow and rode good at centered stanced. The only issue i have with it is on low angle, and if i stay centered(body position) my nose would dip and it slows down so i have to lean a little bit to get my speed back. After a few runs in the morning and lunch, i moved my FRONT binding back to the next hole set. That made my stanced width from 22" to probably 21.5"or 21". I had to take a couple of runs on the groomer to adjust to it. Went back to the same run to see and it worked, i did not have to lean back to keep my speed going.

I like riding on moguls and this board was a a bit of a chore. The width was something i have to adjust to and it was a good workout. I was able to dial it including todays runs BUT i found its limitation. As we know,moguls can vary in sizes and spaces. I pretty much can ride most with my normal width and can turn pretty quick on the valley of the bumps, but if the valley is deep and the bumps are much closer (like todays run i took) i could not turn quick enough and i find myself traversing to the next. The tail is just too wide for some and when i turn it hits the face.

Overall i have a great time everytime with this board and i'm glad i was able to find one online from Boyne Mountain Sports or Outdoor Sports(their last one), i was lucky:smile:
 

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Gotcha. Thanks for the insight. I REALLY did not like this thing on a heelside traverse, but it's not so directional riding switch is that problematic. I have only recently gotten comfortable enough riding switch to try it traversing, but I think I should be fine now.

Thanks for pow insight. I probably won't do it and keep a dedicated pow board in the quiver. But I'm going to take it out tomorrow in pretty springy conditions (it's gotten WARM in Tahoe) and I have a feeling it'll do really well. Wide waist = no boot out, coarse base structure + warm wax = hopefully no suction effect. We'll see.

I was briefly considering selling mine and swapping out for a XL next year, but I think I'll give mine a few more days to get used to it.

Also, I agree it's surprisingly burly. I'm surprised they give it a 4/10 stiffness. I usually run my Pilots on my surfy, fun boards, and run Salomon Defenders on my aggressive responsive boards. I find the Defenders are much better suited to this board so far.
Sell your large to me and get the XL!
 

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Took the board the Niseko Mid January (2019 model, XL).. This board loves speed, and had no problems floating over that #Japow . Going slow though, struggle is real at times (my daily driver is the Rossignol OneLF) - it'll make you a better rider. One thing I did notice, the top sheet (or lack thereof) likes to flake off - they need to go back and add a proper top sheet to this thing, not impressed with this "Topless Construction" bs..
 
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