Board: Ride MTNPig
Camber Option: Directional Hybrid Camber. Rocker in the nose, camber all the way to the rear contact point.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 wide 18 Negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 195
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, snowing, warmer temps with humidity making the snow heavier, fresh powder up to 8 inches in most spots up high, and pow groomers everywhere else.
Flex: This board is on the stiffer side, you’ll notice that right away. It goes from the all mountain spectrum to the lower end freeride spectrum real fast. It’s very directional starting with a minimal amount of flex in the nose and stiffening up back through the tail. There’s a little bit of torsional flex but not enough that allows you to twist the board any which way or aggressively steer it from the middle of the board.
Stability: This board is smooth and stable. It plows through chop and chunder with ease. It doesn’t falter and in no way will it cause you to wash out. Vibrations? Yeah those are a thing of the past with this, you’re not feeling anything as it dampens it all.
Ollies: This isn’t the snappiest board I’ve been on it actually felt a little dead in terms of pop. You had to aggressively load up that camber zone to get it to activate and even then it didn’t end up popping you to the moon. You have to be calculated when you’re freeriding especially in powder and want to pop with it.
Pop On Jumps: The snap is there but the lip ends up doing more work. If you know how to jump go for it, if you don’t, well you’re not going to have a good time.
Butterability: The tail is super stiff and has that crescent moon shape to it which isn’t exactly the best platform for buttering on firm snow, pow it’ll get up and plane just fine. The nose for having rocker in it doesn’t really help you butter, you have to man handle it. Pop hard, press harder, and be prepared to fling yourself out of it. Steep angled terrain and speed is your friend here.
Jibbing: Go fast, press three times as hard, and hold on. This board is fine on log jibs if you’re going fast and just doing 50-50’s but if you’re taking it in the park and want to get jibby, you want a TwinPig or Warpig.
Carving: This board locks in on edge. You instantly feel it engage and drive into the carve. This is one of those boards that feels like you could cut through anything with it and keep going. Short quick tight turns aren’t as majestic as long drawn out ones. You’ll notice that all the power on this board comes from the back foot to the tail. That’s where the drive is.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s charging hard in powder and on groomers who understands this is less an all mountain board and more a freeride machine.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t know who at Ride defines this as All Mountain, it’s a freeride board. It’s like riding a Berzerker that has been fed booze and steroids. I wouldn’t take this in the park which is where a lot of all mountain boards do end up going, instead I would go mash pow with this and push it to the limit. This board is a charger first and a all mountain deck second.