Board: Ride Warpig
Size: Small 148
Camber Option: Tapered Directional Rocker. Rocker in the nose and tail while flat between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, some snow falling with fresh snow on the ground, snow mixing from blower pow to chunder, and a bit of wind and fog.
Flex: With a flex that’s playful yet responsive sits the Warpig. You get a lot of play in the nose as the rocker zone is bigger than in the tail, while it stiffens up under the insert packs, and then has a lot of play between the feet.
Stability: With the wider platform you do gain some stability. This board isn’t overly damp which makes it lively and fun. I will say that in heavy wet snow it did get bucked around just a bit when really charging.
Ollies: This board has a lot of snap. Load it up and just boost type of snap. It turns sidehits, rollers, and natural features into super obstacles. The snap is what differentiates this board from certain other short and fat decks out there.
Pop On Jumps: This board can send a jump. I overshot what The Basin calls jumps with ease while having no speed. Load it up and snap, or come in fast and just pop.
Butterability: Having rocker in the nose really lets you play around and do what you need to do when buttering into pow. The smaller rocker in the tail isn’t a slouch at allowing you to butter either. By and large just butter your heart out with this deck.
Jibbing: This board can press and slide with the best of them. Don’t fear the fattness of this little piggy as it locks into presses and slides.
Carving: Ripping turns this board has you covered, slashing pow and pushing through chunder, no problem. Basically if you want to rip it go for it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a short fat little deck they can rip around on during Warpig Wednesday.
Personal Thoughts: The trend to the shorter, wider, more versatile deck is a good thing. The Warpig has pop while still being playful. I found this board was great in a series of variable conditions and did what it needed to do. I did hook up a few times in the trees but I attribute that more to it being 40 degrees after getting a half foot of snow than the board itself.
Comparable Boards: Marhar Lumberjack, K2 Party Platter, Yes 20/20
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This board was loaned to us from Ride Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*