The Ride Superpig and Lib Tech Orca have a few technical similarities. Both are all-mountain directional boards with a medium to stiff flex. They have wide noses and shorter lengths to optimize their performance in powder.
The Superpig is designed as an all-terrain ride for those looking for a daily driver. It can slash through powder, groomers and enter the park in one sitting. The Orca is more suited for big-mountain backcountry riders who spend their days searching for steep, fluffy lines.
A major difference between the boards are their camber profiles. The Superpig has a hybrid camber while the Orca has a hybrid rocker.
Let’s take a look at what sets these two boards apart.
|Key features||Ride Superpig||Lib Tech T.Rice Orca|
|Style||All-mountain, park and powder. Tapered directional||All-mountain, freeride. Directional|
|Stiffness||Stiff flex||Medium flex|
|Profile||Hybrid camber||Hybrid rocker|
|Rider level||Advanced – Expert||Intermediate – advanced|
|Size||142, 148, 151, 154, 158||144, 147, 150, 153, 156, 159|
Superpig vs Orca: who are they for?
The Ride Superpig is known for its versatility. From hard pack groomers to tree lines and powder, this board is an ideal everyday ride.
This snowboard is designed for the advanced and aggressive rider who is confident in committing to low-riding carves and popping off everything they come across.
The Superpig has a camber in between the feet and towards the tips and tail, with rocker underneath the bindings.
With more camber than rocker, this board is responsive and aggressive and will give you the pop and drive of a traditional camber board while also providing ease of float with extra rocker towards the tail.
The Superpig has a softer flex towards the nose, which progressively stiffens towards the tail, giving it a more playful feel than one would expect.
This board wants to be ridden fast and hard and definitely requires some aggressiveness from the rider while still remaining playful and forgiving.
If you’re looking to do precise rail to rail groomer carves on a board which simultaneously offers powerful pop, this might be the ideal addition to your quiver.
Both the Superpig and the Orca have a wider and shorter shape and are meant to be sized down. The Superpig should be sized down by between 6-10 cm and the Orca between 3-6cm from your average snowboard.
The Lib Tech Orca was designed with input from Travis Rice using Lib Tech’s Banana Camber technology.
This camber-rocker-camber profile has a lengthened camber underfoot, a shortened rocker in between the bindings and towards the tips and a traditional flick at the tips.
This is the ultimate rocker profile for extreme riding in all terrains.
The Orca is ideal for advanced riders who long to ride rail to rail on groomers, slash through deep powder and bomb steep backcountry hills at speed.
It’s wide enough to float seamlessly through powder but narrow enough to serve your freestyle needs too.
Superpig vs Orca: powder riding
While the Superpig might look like a dedicated powder board, it isn’t as superior as one would think for powder. Although the board has a pronounced rocker to help with float, the centered stance and minimal binding setback options make it less floaty than expected.
It will ride well through light backcountry powder but won’t float you as well like the Orca will. It’s an ideal switch riding powder snowboard because of its centered stance and limited directional float.
Like the name suggests, the Orca has a long floaty nose and a decent setback stance and sidecut which make it an effortless powder board.
The Orca’s width makes up for what’s lost in the length, and the expansive surface area at the nose makes it feel like you are hovering over powder.
The sidecut can be a bit catchy in softer snow but it’s a definite floater for its small size.
The Orca’s rocker pocket acts as a fulcrum which you can effortlessly push your weight back into to lift up the front of the board.
This board really planes through deep snow and is a playful powder board which is equal parts nimble as it is floaty.
Orca vs Superpig: carving experience
Riding rail to rail is made easy by the Superpig’s tight sidecut. The string edge hold makes it feels difficult to slide out. While not the best carver snowboard we’ve ever tested, you can confidently put your body weight into low rail carves and trust the board to hold onto the snow.
The camber profile helps spring the board from one turn into the next and the stiff profile loves to rail carves. It feels super quick from edge to edge and will hold tight on sketchy ice surfaces.
The Orca carves exceptionally well on-piste for a shorter and wider board, and it feels nimble and maneuverable when engaging in quick edge transitions.
It demands a bit of back foot control to keep it from sliding out, but that’s not uncommon for a typical aggressive all-mountain snowboarder.
The Orca has serrated edge-hold traction technology which holds up well when carving at speed. Although the wide width, stiff flex and rocker profile might take some getting used to, the extra width means you can get super low to the snow on your carves without catching your toes.
Superpig vs Orca: which turns better?
The Superpig is slower rail to rail than the Orca and requires a bit more work to engage the sidecut mechanism and speed up your turns.
Ride crafted the Superpig with a tapered bi-radial sidecut mechanism with a tight radius at the tip and a wide radius at the tail. The tight tip allows for effortless turn initiation and speed while the wide tail ensures smooth and stable carves with good grip.
Generally speaking, turn initiation on the Superpig feels medium to slow. The hybrid camber makes it feel less forgiving yet not entirely locked-in.
For a rocker profile, the Orca grips well once the edge is set in and allows maximum control when riding on icy snow. However, riding on the base of the board is slippery and cat-track riding requires a bit of concentration.
For an aggressive all-mountain board, it has a very forgiving feel and makes it easy to recover if you slide out. While its grip may be unrivalled, it doesn’t feel locked-in or too technical when it comes to skidded turns.
All in all, the Orca has super fast turn initiation for a wide board and handles turns with solid control and precision.
Ride Superpig vs Lib Tech Orca: trees and slow sections
Both the Superpig and Orca maneuvers well at low speed and are very maneuverable in tree sections.
Many say the Superpig rides better slow than fast. The board rips at slow speeds and is very maneuverable for weaving in between tree lines and powder pockets.
Shorter boards are generally more enjoyable for short radius turning. The Orca has a cutaway nose and tail which make it shorter and easier to cruise in between trees. It’s easy to control and highly responsive in quick-thinking tree line scenarios.
T.Rice Orca vs Superpig: speed riding
The Superpig’s top-class sintered base is very damp and holds wax like a sponge. The board is crafted with a stone-ground base which calls for regular waxing to keep it damp and fast.
Considering its wide and short shape, the Superpig rides fast on hardpack groomers. Pick a line and point your nose and this board will surprise you at speed.
When it comes to riding fast, the Orca is even more optimal. With serrated edge hold technology, you won’t need to worry about sliding out at speed and can commit wholeheartedly to a steep line.
This stability is second to none and makes the Orca one of the top options for steep terrain and deep snow.
The Orca feels super damp when riding at speed. With its sintered base, it rides hard and fast without feeling sticky.
Superpig vs Orca: rugged terrain
Both the Superpig and Orca ride over uneven terrain quite well and absorb vibrations, due to carbon stringers for the former and a damp base for the latter.
The Superpig handles choppy and rugged terrain with grace. It has reinforced carbon stringers under the bindings which absorb chatter and reduce vibrations.
While it’s not the ideal ride for weaving in between bumps and moguls, it can power over them without reverberating throughout your bones.
Likewise, the Orca also doesn’t have that bouncy feel that many shorter and wider boards have on uneven terrain. The dampness of the base absorbs a lot of the vibration and the Orca rides hard through chatter and will dig through chunder leaving deep trenches in its wake.
Lib Tech Orca vs Superpig: jumps & tricks
When it comes to jumps and tricks, the Superpig takes the prize over the Orca. The stiffer hybrid camber profile project energy and will boost you without difficulty.
With carbon fiber strings under the bindings and stitched into the glass, the Superpig has extra pop and response without being too stiff.
Combined with the lightweight wood core, the carbon fiber makes the board light yet durable, offering a lot of rebound and snap when you load and engage the camber profile.
If you’re used to buttering on a medium/stiff flex board, the Superpig will feel softer than expected. It’s easier to butter and jib-press on the nose than the tail because of the directional soft to stiff flex profile.
The core has a lively feeling and offers more pop and energy than the Superpigs brother, the Warpig. The board pops into the air with ease and with a wide surface area, has a stable approach and landing for kickers. This energy gives you the confidence to pop off everything you see.
The Orca is a more forgiving park board. Lib tech created the board with lightweight aspen and paulownia wood core and rates the snowboard’s stiffness as a 7/10.
The rocker profile gives it that cheater bend in the middle which offers a lot of opportunity to pop and flex.
The Orca is less suited to large kickers and is the better option for more playful backcountry jibs and side-hits.
Ride Superpig vs T.Rice Orca: switch riding
Riding switch is better on the Superpig than the Orca because of its tapered shape. It’s very easy to throw the tail around and has a good balance between maneuverability and control because of its light weight.
Riding switch on the Orca is doable but not next-level.
While both snowboards are brilliant all-mountain slashers, an advanced all-terrain rider looking to spend a lot of time in the park might do better with the Ride Superpig.
The Orca is appropriate for almost all freeride-meet-freestyle terrain scenarios and is optimal for those big-mountain riders who are always on the hunt for long backcountry and powder lines.
If you aim to ride like Travis Rice, the Lib Tech T.Rice Orca should be at the top of your wish list.