Board: Ride Berzerker
Camber Option: Hybrid All Mountain. Camber with early rise nose.
Bindings: Flux DS
Stance: 21 Wide 12 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Firm with some fresh pockets of powder in the early morning. Warming up in the afternoon making for slush and chundery conditions later on.
Flex: A little above middle for an all mountain deck with a bit softer nose and stiffening up in the tail. Fairly stiff torsionally, you had to really work the board to foot steer it.
Stability: The rocker and the softer flex of the nose make the board ride a little smaller than it really is, but it’s still a 159 and I still only weigh 155lbs. So it was pretty bomber for me. For a bigger guy it’s going to be more on the lively side of things. The nose liked to flap around, but the whole time I was on the board it was really only visual and didn’t completely effect the ride. You could feel it a little pointing it on groomer, but it never caused any unwanted movement in the board and as soon as the terrain got uneven it went away.
Ollies/Pop: They’ve played the accessibility game with this deck with the redesign. It’s always a gamble to make a powerful deck softer in order to make it’s guts more attainable. If you go too far you lose what the deck was meant for, if you don’t do enough you land in that weird zone where you sometimes get to it and sometimes don’t. Ride nailed it. You get nearly all the same snap as the old one but you don’t have to squat 350 lbs to get it.
Butterability: For an all mountain deck with powder hunting in mind it was pretty good. The nose rocker obviously made that good, but even the stiffer tail could be bent without an unreasonable amount of effort. Pow butters are where it’s at though. Flat blunt tips, yes please!
Carving: Still has a narrow waist and a great sidecut for this. The tail not being quite as stiff means you don’t quite push all the way to your back foot and tail at the apex like the old one but you can really lay it over. Stable through a long arc but it remained nimble despite it’s size. With the softer tips if you really push into the very end of the deck right over the contact points you can break it loose, but it never happened staying a bit more centered on the deck.
Rider in Mind: Jake Blauvelt and guys that want to ride like him. All mountain slayer with a bit more emphasis on powder riding.
Personal Thoughts: Carrying along what seems to be Rides new theme of obtain-ability the Berzerker retains about 90% of the power and drive it had before but it’s way easier to get to. The new shaping is a blast in deeper snow but it’s by no means a pow specific deck. Still crushes a groomer and lays trenches. It is narrow though. The 59 is a sub 25 waist. It’s a solid go fast, turn hard, slash, all mountain deck for guys not looking to be ridden by their board.
Comparable Boards: Smokin KT-22, Gnu Mullair, Capita Black Snowboard of Death
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This board was loaned to us for review by Ride Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*