Ride Berzerker - 2013

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The Berzerker has been designed by Ride’s backcountry slayer Jake Blauvert. If you’re looking for a board that will allow you to ride the steepest and deepest terrain out there but give you the confidence to stomp switch bs 7’s off a 15 meter cornice then definitely take a closer look at the Berzerker. If none of the previous sentence made any sense to you and the only thing you’ll be throwing off a cornice that big is a snowball, then don’t worry you’re in good company. In short, Berzerker has been designed to give snowboarders the flexibility to throw tricks all over the mountain and ride every type of terrain the mountain has offer. A softer, more-pronounced rocker in the nose and slightly set-back stance mean that this board floats beautifully in powder. Camber underneath the feet, hybrid glass and Pop Rods 2.0 mean that the Berzerker can still rail a carve when you need it to.

Manufacturer's Description:

Designed with and for pro big mountain shredder Jake Blauvelt, the Berzerker snowboard is ideal for the ultimate hard charging experience and blissful days of soul riding, offering all-time versatility and superior response. Featuring rocker in the nose and a level micro-camber zone extending under the feet and through the tail, the Hybrid All Mountain shape provides the perfect blend to charge it all. Add in Pop Rods 2.0®, Slimewalls® and Carbon Array 3™ for a dialled directional snowboard ready for whatever comes your way.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for halfpipe riding Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding High cost snowboard Available in Wide Hybrid rocker/camber construction Directional twin shape

Year: 2013

Available Lengths (cm):
155, 158, 161, 164, 167, 159W, 162W, 165W, 168W

Riding Style: All Mountain

Specifications:

ThinCon
Hybrid All Mountain
Pop Rods® 2.0
Slimewalls®
Carbon Array 3™
Hybrid Glass
Fusion 4000 Base™
2 x 4 Inserts
Flex 7

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Snowboard Review:

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2013 Ride Berzerker Video Snowboard Review

Ride positions the Berzerker and Highlife UL as brothers in their line. Of course there are a few differences in the DNA to warrant the Highlife’s loftier price tag and to give it more appeal to aggressive riders, but the truth is, these two boards feel about as similar as off-road-ing in a Mini Metro does to cruising on a German Autobahn in a Rolls Royce. Whereas the Highlife UL’s flex requires the strength of ten tigers to flex, the Berzerker is firm but also extremely manageable. It has the kind of flex you can pump through turns but that you know will boost you into the air off rollers and won’t washout if you power your back foot through a carve of snap a pow turn in heavy spring fresh. The waist of the Berzerker is a touch (4mm) narrower than the Highlife UL at 24.8cm and the progressive sidecut of the Berzerker is also a touch tighter which makes for a snowboard that really loves to carve and makes a day of groomer riding an absolute pleasure.

Having ridden a directional shaped snowboard for the majority of the season I was pre-adjusted to riding switch on directional boards, and the Berzerker was free of any twinges and catchiness, but let’s face it the Berzerker’s all-mountain shape and flex will probably have scared away the park rats already. I didn’t get to take the Berzerker in any deep fresh snow, but I did take it in some heavy spring corn snow and the profile did well to keep the nose up and prevent the start of the effective edge from catching or being sucked down into the slush, I got the impression that despite the use of camber through the board the Berzerker would feel very balanced in deep snow without the need of a setting the stance back beyond the default off-set or riding with more than a hint of extra weight on the back leg. Throughout my afternoon on the Berzerker, the base glided effortlessly and there was very little chatter even on the shaded hardpack thanks to Ride’s Silencer tech and probably in part a benefit of Ride’s Urethane Slimewall sidewalls.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Ride snowboards. I’m not one of those riders that thinks that Slimewalls are the best thing since sliced bread, actually I’m pretty certain edge hold is sacrificed, and Ride’s membrane topsheets I look a bit tatty after just a few weeks of being skied across in lift cues and manhandled into gondola board-holders by uninterested Lifties. After a disagreement with the Highlife UL I was ready to give-up on the brand, but I’m stoked I didn’t. Jake Blavelt’s pro model on Ride, the Berzerker is everything an aggressive all-mountain snowboarder could wish for in a snowboard. It’s aggressive but manageable, it’s stable but agile and it has a true all-mountain shape, camber profile and flex pattern that will smoke the pipe on bleak icy days but rip chin deep freshies. I loved riding it and would go as far as to say it was the best board I tested in Kaunertal this year. Do yourself a favour and buy this snowboard.

Highlights

True all-mountain versatility
Aggressive but fun flex
Smooth and lively progressive sidecut
Wide versions for those with bigger feet
A great hybrid camber-line for ripping piste and pow

Letdowns

A bit too directional and stiff for rails and jibs

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Ride

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