RIDE has a pen of pigs these days, and this is the biggest, baddest, and downright meanest of them all. Easily one of the dampest boards in this year's test, the MTNPIG performed best when the gate was left wide open. It rallied through chunder and chop with complete confidence, and due to its tapered, directional camber profile, it preferred to lay trenches, not hang out at the feeding trough. But be warned: if you want a board to ride slow and casually, this hog sure as hell ain't the choice for you. "It needs high speed to really shine," mentioned one tester. "Going slow and flat based didn't allow for much playfulness, but when railing a turn at high speed, it's a force to be reckoned with." Riders seeking playfulness felt awkward while those looking to haul ass couldn't get enough.
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
155 — 25.0
159 — 25.2
160W — 26.5
162 — 25.7
164W — 26.8
Camber: Directional Hybrid Camber
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "When railing a turn at high speed, it's a force to be reckoned with."
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board’s performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.