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Ride War Pig 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Ride War Pig here

  • Price: £370
  • Sizes: Small (148), Large (154)
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Flat
  • Shape: Directional
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Ride would rather you didn’t worry too much about how long the Ride War Pig is from end to end; you won’t find the size written on its topsheet (although we’ve included the lengths here for consistency). Thanks to a wider waist – 26cm for the Small and 27cm for the Large – this board has a similar surface area to more conventional weapons. If you’re after something a little different in 2016/17, have a closer look at this one.

A shorter board tends to magnify the twitchiness of contact points, so Ride have sensibly made the War Pig almost entirely flat. There’s a little bit of upturn at the tail, and quite a bit at the nose, so keeping it on top of the powder will be easy even at slower speeds. The shape is also slightly tapered, which improves the ride when you’re in your standard stance.

“A breath of fresh air even amongst the growing short-board market, the Ride War Pig has been an instant hit”

While it’s doubtlessly a lot of fun in the deep stuff, the Ride War Pig’s origins lie on the groomers. Some manufacturers of short, stubby boards aim to maintain the sidecut radius as they scale down, but the one on this is much tighter. You need your carving head on to use this properly, at which point you’ll be slicing up the piste like never before. The steel edges are extra thick, so any unfortunate bashes shouldn’t do as much damage as you’d fear.

Under the hood it shares a lot of the same tech as Jake Blauvelt’s whip of choice, the Ride Berzerker; the combination of biax and triax fiberglass, sintered base, carbon enhancements and three-wood core, to name just a few. One major difference is that there’s no topsheet on this; what you’re looking at there is the top layer of fiberglass, with the graphics printed directly on to reduce weight. There’s also extra reinforcement around the urethane sidewalls, further improving its impact resistance.

A breath of fresh air even amongst the growing short-board market, the Ride War Pig has been an instant hit. Its all-rounder credentials are seriously strong, so even if you can only afford one board then this could very well be it.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Sturgess – snowfit.co.uk

Here’s Ride’s attempt at the new wave of oddly-shaped boards!

“A super agile board that offers plenty of float, control and stability, without any of the lag often associated with wider boards.”

By making the board wider you have the same amount of base as you would on a board 10cm longer, but the clever way in which Ride have made the sidecut allows you to have a super agile board that offers plenty of float, control and stability, without any of the lag often associated with wider boards.

In powder it is a pure joy, and on piste it held up well too. I felt I needed to work it harder to make the most of side hits and presses, but whenever putting down big carving turns with plenty of pace, the War Pig was really fun to ride.

Trade Secrets

Tanner McCarty – Marketing Manager, Ride

The Ride War Pig stemmed from a team trip to a banked slalom where the conditions went to shit after the race, and we were staying up at the mountain for three more days. Despite the less-than-favorable snow, the team turned lemons into lemonade and had an absolute blast thrashing around the mountain – ollieing fences, smashing trees, bashing rails, and maximizing air time on all the side hits.

It was decided that there needed to be a board that could maximize your stoke level no matter what the conditions… and thus the War Pig was born.

Wide as hell in the nose and tapered in the tail, this board looks like a good time and shreds absolutely anything you put in front of it.

We have guys like Alex Sherman floating through Japan pow on the Pig, while Brandon Davis is out winning slopestyle contests on the damn thing. Mount it up and leave nothing un-thrashed.

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