Board: Ride Berzerker
Camber Option: Directional Hybrid Camber. Rocker in the nose and then camber throughout the board.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, cooler temps, perfect firm corduroy, zero wind, and consistently perfect groomer runs with minor amounts of ice and chunder on the sides.
Flex: This board is stiff that’s for sure. As it is a directional board you get a softer nose where the rocker is and then it just progressively stiffens back up through the back foot. There’s a very minimal amount of torsional flex and you notice that the second you try to twist this board.
Stability: This board is one of the smoothest decks I’ve been on in a long time. It just kills all micro vibrations and does a great job of dissipating even more pronounced ones. It’s only when you slam into something at high speeds and jar yourself that you notice any chatter.
Ollies/Pop: You have to aggressively load this board up to get it to pop and when you do it snaps. When you don’t, it doesn’t. You need to be calculated and know how to engage this boards camber profile to pop so bring your man pants.
Butterability: I didn’t even waste my time I knew I wasn’t going to do it unless I found some steep and deep pow. I was not finding steep and deep pow.
Carving: This is one of the smoothest transitioning boards I’ve been on in a long time. It’s a quick entry into the carve off the nose and then as you shift your weight back to the middle and rear of the board it takes over and lets you really push this thing to its limits and even then it doesn’t wash out it keeps going. This deck doesn’t wash out on edge it just wants to dig deeper and hold on. Short quick carves to long deep trenches it’s got you. The more you put in the more you get out and you’ll notice that right away. Is it for a lazier laid back rider? No, bring your man pants and send it.
Rider in Mind: The hard charging freeride guy that dominates all terrain in front of them.
Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode this board I got a preproduction sample that we discovered after the fact had some issues. That resulted in a less than fair review but this one was a full production model and holy hell this thing is amazing. This as I already stated is one of the smoothest and best riding boards I’ve been on in a long time. It just charges with ease and demands everything from you as a rider. That makes it not for everyone but for those that know they know they’ll get the best of the best.
Comparable Boards: Nitro Suprateam, Libtech Dagmar, Capita Black Snowboard of Death