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Ride Berzerker

- published February 2016

84

2016

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
8
Versatility
7
Edge Hold
7
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

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THE GOOD

  • Great for switch riding
  • Plows/stable through chunky snow
  • Very responsive

THE BAD

  • Stiff
  • Might be too much board for some

THE VERDICT

The Berzerker is built for the confident rider who likes riding the whole mountain and riding it fast. Even though it’s less aggressive than previous incarnations, this is still on the more aggressive side of the spectrum. 

FULL REVIEW

Jake Blauvelt’s pro model, the Berzerker underwent a massive overhaul for 2016. Softer than previous versions, it’s still built for riders who aspire to assault the mountain like Blauvelt—snowboarders who ride with speed and power. The hybrid camber board has plenty of pop and the shovel nose loves plowing through powder and inconsistent snow. The mid-width deck is also available in wide versions for longer lengths.  

HANDLING
The board handles well thanks to carbon stringers that keep the deck responsive (maybe too responsive for some riders). With traditional camber underfoot, and reverse camber near the nose, it has a modicum of looseness. 

POP + ENERGY
This board has a reputation of being incredibly stiff. This year’s model is less so: Ride calls it a five on their scale of 1 to 10. With sufficient pop thanks to some stiffness left in the tail, the Berzerker transfers plenty of energy to your turns, the faster the better. 

FLOAT
The blunt nose and reverse camber up top is great for pow or to plow through chunky snow. 

VERSATILITY
Comfortable anywhere on the mountain, this deck is best at speed on corduroy or in the sidecountry/backcountry. 

EDGE HOLD
No slouch when the slopes turns icy, the edge hold is above average.  

SUSTAINABILITY/CRAFTSMANSHIP
Built overseas, the Berzerker is pretty bombproof. But, it’s far from being a “green” deck.

How We Tested It

 

The board in this test was used inbounds and in the backcountry of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$510.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
8
Versatility
7
Edge Hold
7
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

Specs

  • Length(s): 153 cm, 156 cm, 159 cm, 162 cm, 165 cm
  • Gender: Unisex

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