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Ride War Pig 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

If any snowboard deserved to inspire an entire quiver, it’s the Ride War Pig. Since first appearing in the 2016/17 season, it’s become one of snowboarding’s best-loved short boards. Not only has it expanded from two sizes to five, it has been joined by the Ride Twin Pig and Ride Mountain Pig.

For all-rounder chops (no pun intended), the Ride War Pig is still the oinker to beat. It has a slightly tapered outline, as well as more nose than tail, so you’re instantly looking at something powder-friendly. This kills it on the piste as well, thanks to carbon stringers that increase its edge-to-edge speed. That tight sidecut holds an edge nicely too.

“The Ride War Pig is lightweight, nimble, and (above all) bucketloads of fun”

When you want to take it for a spin through the park, impact plates under the bindings give the War Pig the strength of a much bigger deck. The lack of any camber in the profile means you need to work harder for each ollie, but you can definitely make it happen.

A flat profile is great for rails and boxes, as you’re less likely to hang up and get a faceful of metal. Ride’s signature urethane sidewalls help to protect the edges – which themselves are thicker, and therefore stronger, than average.

Finished with a graphic that’s been printed right onto the fibreglass rather than the topsheet, the Ride War Pig is lightweight, nimble, and (above all) bucketloads of fun. By all means check out the new kids on the block, but not before having a gander at the original.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris MoranHere Be Treasure

“I had high hopes for this one, having been accosted by another tester over pint four of apres and told that the Warpig was essentially one of Michelangelo’s lost masterpieces. Sadly though, on my turn to gather the generals in their masses, the temperatures had risen, and the powder perfection was replaced with a rain inversion. Sheeeeet (ice).

Whether I’d have loved the War Pig though is a hard one for me. It was by far the widest of the nug-ified pow boards, and with UK 8.5 snowboard boots I felt undergunned. I reckon you need 10.5s upwards for the Warpig to not feel like a tank.

“It was the one board that everyone looked at and gave appreciative nods to, so Ride must be doing something right. I just didn’t get what that was”

Aesthetically, the squared-off nose and tail (twinned too – que passa powder board?) didn’t float my boat. It reminded me of a 1980s Ford Grenada bonnet. The elegance and hand-crafted lines of the Jones Storm Chaser nose felt like an Aston Martin grill in comparison.

That said, it was the one board that everyone looked at and gave appreciative nods to, so Ride must be doing something right. I just didn’t get what that was. But yes, the snow was pretty awful that day so I’d like to try it again in better conditions for sure. Either that, or instead of having my finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist, I have in fact, just got it stuck up my own arse. Hard to tell.”

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