Watch Brain Farm’s latest release, the Art of Flight and bear-in-mind that Travis Rice was riding this snowboard when he filmed it! The Lib Tech Travis Rice is an all-mountain charger that tracks perfectly through the pipe, is snappy in and out of turns, glides in powder and fires off jumps like Evel Knievel on his Harley Davidson, minus the broken bones.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro 2012 Snowboard.
It’s about time Lib Tech created the Attack Banana! It’s been a tough time choosing between the Skate Banana with the buttery soft and playful Banana profile and the TRS series with the more aggressive, responsive and lively C2 Banana profile. Now you can go straight down the middle and take the Attack Banana with its EC2 Banana profile, a halfway house between the two.
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What’s left to say about the Skate Banana that hasn’t been said? 12months on SB-RV and it’s still the second most popular snowboard on the site, only just behind the mighty Burton Custom. The Skate Banana’s combination of Its loose and buttery Banana reverse camber profile and Magne-Traction edges mean that for freestylers who want a fun and forgiving snowboard that performs on an edge too it’s still one of the best snowboards out there.
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The Box Scratcher is the mid-wide twin tips designed to allow riders to size down to their ideal jibbing length. An 80kg rider with Size 10US feet could happily ride the Box Scratcher 152 without it feeling like a slipper wet noodle. Its shape has shorter kicks that mean the 152 Box Scratcher has an effective edge between that of the 154 and 156 Skate Banana so there’s plenty of grip. This year the Box Scratcher won a Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Good Wood Award.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher Series 2012 Snowboard.
You really have to pick the Lib Tech Birdman up with your own two hands to understand the pure scale of this snowboard. The shape is pretty regular at the rear of the board, then the nose starts and standard dimensions got out the window, it honestly looks like half of the board is made up of the nose but in reality the stance is only 4 inches set back… ok well that is 12cm in Euro measurements. Coming in at 170cm and 180cm in length, the rest of the dimensions are pretty conventional; the sidecut has a mere 8.3m radius and there is only 13mm of taper which is really minimal. If there’s one certainty about the Birdman, it’s that it will fly in the deep stuff
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Mr Landvik has been spending an unhealthy amount of time with Mr Rice, with the trailers of the Art of Flight as evidence it appears some of Travis’ craziness has rubbed-off on Mark. Mark’s board is designed to handle everything Mark can throw at it which is a lot more than you and I can. Enormous drops, insane pillow lines and mind bending jumps are a warm-up. The Phoenix Lando like Jamie’s board the Phoenix has a mellow sidecut, C2 Banana profile, Basalt laminates and Mag edges. The Phoenix Lando is almost a complete replica of Jamie’s board (Jamie even did the cool Crab graphics in his classic style) except for the addition of Bamboo Throttle pads under the bindings for increased response and to channel energy through the Power Transfer Internal Sidewalls.
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This year the Lib Tech TRS took home a Good Wood award. Good Wood testers tend to be park focused, they like a board to perform in all elements of freestyle riding from rails to pipe. More importantly the boards need to perform on little jibs for the many photographers to catch on film. If that’s your kind of riding take the biggest snowboarding publication in the World’s advice and buy a Total Ripper Series.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech TRS Total Ripper Series 2012 Snowboard.
Lib Tech old-schooler and Mt Baker local Matt Cummins has been representing the brand and freeriding at an insanely high level for as long as anyone can remember. For the last few years Matt has been working on the McKink but for this year he’s dedicated his time to developing the directional La Nina and more specifically its new C1 camber rocker profile. C1 puts reverse camber between the feet and plenty of rocker in the nose for float. To keep a snappy feel the C1 profile has camber in the tail to keep the board poppy, make big rooster tail slashes possible and keep you from washing-out on backseat landings.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech La Nina MC 2012 Snowboard.
This is without doubt going to be the only Banana you’ll ever get your kid to take to school! The Lib Ripper has Lib’s Banana profile and Magne-Traction edges, it also has Power Transfer Internal Sidewalls and an H-Pop core which is manufactured from harvested dead trees (they’re dead before they cut them smart arse) surely making the Lib Ripper the most tech kid’s board on the planet.
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Jamie Lynn needs no introduction and neither should his pro model on Lib Tech, where he’s had a pro model before time began. The Jamie Lynn Phoenix series has a pretty shallow sidecut for cruisy powder turns and additional stability, the sidecut is matched with a firm flex and the Magnetraction edges have been toned down a little because Jamie likes it that way. To top it all off, Jamies board has the C2 Banana profile and Basalt Laminates for more pop per pound.
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The Lib Tech Banana Hammock is no longer an enigma I’ve actually seen one with my own eyes and if you have a quick browse on Youtube there are a few videos circulating of people riding them. To be honest the Hammock is extremely specialist, the very fact that it has a reverse sidecut like a wakeboard means this snowboard is only for the deepest of days where there is absolutely 0% chance of encountering solid snow.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Banana Hammock 2012 Snowboard.
If you’re about to release the biggest shred movie to hit the big screen in the history of snowboarding your sponsors I expect would be falling over themselves to create the ultimate snowboard for you to stomp those tricks on. It’s base on Travis’ standard Pro ride with Lib Tech but instead of fibreglass they replace the glass fibres with Basalt, a material with a smoother riding feel and a higher strength to weight ratio allowing Lib Tech to trim a few grams off Travis’ board and yet improve the pop, response and overall feel.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Horsepower 2012 Snowboard.
How does the most progressive snowboarder on the planet access the most remote terrain on the planet? He travels by splitboard my friends and the kind folk at Lib Tech have made his big mountain chariot available to all.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Splits 2012 Snowboard.
Just because you’re bigger than your average snowboarding weed it doesn’t mean you don’t love fresh turns. The Skunk Ape is Lib-Tech’s all-mountain snowboard designed specifically for big men. The waist of the Skunk Ape is 26.8cm for every length and it’s not shy on tech either, packing Magne-Traction edges, C2 Banana profile and Basalt laminates into its construction.
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The firmest flexing snowboard in the Lib Tech range, the Dark Series has earnt itself a reputations as a great freeride snowboard. It’s punchy out of turns and has edge hold by the bucket load, in deep snow it floats and on sketchy snow it works hard with few complaints. Freeride World Tour rider James Stentiford graced the podium a fair few times last year and you certainly can’t sniff at a 3rd place at the Verbier Extreme, he rides and swears by the Dark Series. I’m inclined to take his word.
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We can probably get away with calling the Banana Magic Lib Tech’s flagship snowboard, because the Cygnus X-1 is so out of this world in terms of technology and expense. The Banana Magic pioneers Basalt laminates, using zero fibreglass in its construction. C2 Banana profile keeps the waist soft for pop and with the tight 7-ish metre sidecut makes deep carves a breeze. The Twin shape means the Banana Magic will work great on jumps and in the pipe where switch riding should be second nature. Magne Traction edges mean this is the least slippery Banana you’ll ever tread on.
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So many of the materials, design features and construction techniques that are used to create the Lib Tech Cygnus X-1 are specific to it and light years ahead of the competition that the Cygnus X-1 is literally a glimpse into the future of snowboard design. It might be cripplingly expensive but it’s the equivalent of the Sports Almanac in Back to the Future 2, just don’t let Biff get hold of it.
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The Skate Banana is the board that changed Lib Tech’s fortunes and placed them at the forefront of snowboard design. Having won countless awards and changing snowboard design forever the Skate Banana is undoubtedly a modern classic. The Skate Banana is the definition of an all-mountain jib stick; ridiculous fun all over the mountain in whatever conditions the weather throws at you, thanks to a Banana Tech profile and Magnetraction edges. Jib-kids and park-junkies that ride in icy conditions most of the time but want a softer board with the capacity to grip and hold an edge should take-note.
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It’s a little known fact that everybody who works at Mervin Manufacturing has a Mullet hairstyle; legend has it that Mike Olson even built Lib Tech on the principles of ‘business at the front and party at the back’. Anyway, apart from a spruced-up design no changes have been made to the Snow Mullet for 2011. Lib Tech has once-again packed their Banana & Magnetraction features into a tapered board with a progressive sidecut for added stability when cruising at high speeds. The Magnetraction grips on any ice that a freeride snowboarder might encounter while the rocker profile provides superb float in all types of powder. A cult classic like the haircut? No, it’s way cooler!
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech 1986 Snow Mullett 2011 Snowboard.
An aggressive all-mountain freestyle snowboard that loves the backcountry and carves through groomers like a hot knife through butter thanks to a narrow-ish waist, for lightening quick response edge-to-edge, and Magnetraction. The Dark Series is never happier than when it’s being ridden down a mountain at break-neck speeds or absorbing landings from big jumps, this stability is thanks to a firm but explosive flex which features Lib Tech’s C2 banana rocker hybrid profile.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Dark Series C2 Power BTX 2011 Snowboard.
When Travis releases his new snowboard movie in September you’ll see exactly what this board is capable of, it’s an all-mountain killer that can literally be taken anywhere. When compared to the 2010 model the 2011 Travis Rice doesn’t appear to have had any changes made to it but must have been refined as it’s now the proud winner of a 2011 TransWorld Good Wood Award, not to mention some sick graphics inspired by the film ‘The Ring’.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice C2 BTX 2011 Snowboard.
If you had a bit of a crush on the blue alien woman in Avataar then Jamie Lynn has designed the perfect pin-up board for you. Being a legend of the freestyle world, but living near Mt Baker and shredding some of the best powder in the world, Jamie has designed his board to ride powder and park with equal prowess. A slightly firmer flex from the Basalt reinforcements and the new C2 Power Banana profile means that this board has the strength to stick big landings, is powerful in carves and floats well in the deep stuff.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix C2 BTX 2011 Snowboard.
For the second year running Mark Landvik, freestyle/freeride nut-job, has worked with Jamie Lynn to create is very own version of the Lib Tech Phoenix. This years Lando comes with a C2 Power Banana Tech profile and 3D Bamboo organic throttle pads under the binding inserts; so expect increased pop from the C2 profile and increased edge-to-edge response and playfulness from the Bamboo torsion pads.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Phoenix Lando C2 BTX 2011 Snowboard.
If you’re a fan of the Think Thank films then you’ll know that this board features quite heavily in their most recent offering. The Box Scratcher has been designed specifically for Jesse Burtner, jib-legend and Think Thank mastermind. In essence it’s a pure jib board; short with large stance options and a super soft flex. This year’s model comes with a 25.2cm waist on both lengths and a TNT Base to make run-ins less sketchy. Handrail and indoor riders welcome to your Nirvana, a snowboard purely to scratch the paint off boxes and multiple kinked handrails. Also, larger riders looking for a jib-specific deck to add to their quiver should definitely take it out for a test.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Box Scratcher 2011 Snowboard.
Lib Tech haven’t made any changes to the McKink for 2011, even the design is the same; I guess if it ain’t broke why fix it?........Which is exactly why I’m not going to change the product description!
One of the softer boards in the Lib Tech range designed to be ridden all over the mountain, the Mc Kink hides the effective edge, contact surface area and sidecut radius of a board about 3-4cm longer, with the jib-ability of your usual park deck. Everyone’s a winner.
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The Lib-Tech TRS does exactly what it says on the label, it’s a total ripper. Lib-Tech designed the TRS for strong, aggressive riders looking for a board to kill the need for a quiver and give excellent performance all over the mountain. The TRS is fast, powerful, grippy and poppy but can still be buttered around the park and pressed on boxes and rails. This year the TRS comes with Lib-Tech’s C2 camber/rocker profile which has added a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the boards’ performance (also know as pop Tom) and earned Lib Tech another Good Wood award for the trophy cabinet.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech TRS_C2_BTX 2011 Snowboard.
The Lib Tech Travis Rice HP is an environmentally-friendly version of this seasons Travis Rice pro model. Using Horsepower construction, a Columbian Gold core and 100% Basalt fibre reinforcement, Lib Tech have managed to create a similarly performing deck for the more environmentally conscious rider. It’s also got the longest name in the business.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice C2 BTX Horse Power 2011 Snowboard.
When Mike Olson, founder of Lib Tech, set-out to design his ultimate snowboard the Banana Magic is exactly what he envisaged. The Banana Magic is a high-end board that utilizes advanced environmentally-friendly production methods and materials but does not compromise on performance. This year’s graphics are a definite head-turner and with the Banana Magic you know that one of the most influential men in snowboard design has spent a serious amount of time on the boards R&D. This is one green banana that you won’t regret picking!
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Banana Magic BTX 2011 Snowboard.
Not much has changed to the Cygnus X1 this year, nevertheless it’s still light-years ahead of the competition; in fact it’s so futuristic that the technical specification has more acronyms than NASA. While we’re on the subject of ‘the future’ the guys and girls at Future Snowboard Magazine liked it so much they’ve awarded it a number of nice awards over the last couple of years, including best board over $600 in last years test. Space-age materials like Vectran, Magnesium Oxide and environmentally conscious biopolymers, combined with Magnetraction and Banana rocker between the feet mean that this board really is at the forefront of board design. The Cygnus X1 is a serious all-mountain ride for those wealthier snowboarders who want to buy an environmentally-friendly board but don’t want to compromise on performance…….this is not the Toyota Prius of the snowboard world.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Cygnus X1 2011 Snowboard.
The Lib Skunk Apes is designed for those heavier, bigger-footed riders that want a freestyle orientated powder board which floats effortlessly despite having a centered stance and no taper in the tail. This board performs on groomers and in powder with equal ability thanks to the C2 Power Banana profile and Magnetraction edges, it can also be taken to the park.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Skunk Ape C2 BTX 2011 Snowboard.
This board is for those lucky snowboarders who live in Japan or Tahoe and ride waste-deep powder every other day. The Banana Hammock is the ultimate second board and once your friends hear you own one they’ll all want a trial ride. If, like the vast majority of riders, you hardly ride powder then don’t even consider this board as it’s as much use as an underwater hairdryer in all other conditions. And yes that is a reverse sidecut you can see, the Banana Hammock works much like a wakeboard.
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Without being too stiff to freestyle, the Lando Phoenix powers through all snow types and floats like a butterfly in pow. Agile off kickers and forgiving on landings, the Lando is perfect for intermediate to advanced riders looking for a board to ride everything on the mountain.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Lando Phoenix BTX 2010 Snowboard.
Travis Rice is the most ground breaking rider on the planet. His board might just help to explain some of his superhuman skills. An all-mountain snowboard with a firm but forgiving flex that’ll take you from the deepest of powder to iciest of pipes.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice BTX 2010 Snowboard.
More mad science from the Lib Tech labs. One of the softer boards in the Lib Tech range designed to be ridden all over the mountain, the Mc Kink hides the effective edge, contact surface area and sidecut radius of a board about 3-4cm longer, with the jib-ability of your usual park deck. Everyone’s a winner.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Mc Kink BTX 2010 Snowboard.
The most desirable snowboard on the planet is back. A snowboard designed to kill it all over the mountain, the Lib Tech Jamie Lynn is the essence of cool! Now all you have to do now is learn cab spins off your toes.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Phoenix Jamie Lynn 2010 Snowboard.
If you haven’t worked out what the initials BTX stand for yet, there may be no hope for you. The Snow Mullet packs the now standard Lib Tech Banana & Magnetraction features into a tapered board with a progressive sidecut for stable cruising at high speeds. The Magnetraction will take care of any ice in your path whilst the rocker profile will provide spade-fulls of float. A modern day, retro freeride legend? Perhaps.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech 1986 Snow Mullet BTX 2010 Snowboard.
A tip to tail Banana profile with reverse sidecut? Sounds more like a Wakeboard than a snowboard. Designed for riding the deepest of snow only! As much use as a chocolate fire guard in any other conditions.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Banana Hammock 2010 Snowboard.
Being hand built and signed by snowboard design guru Mike Olson isn’t the only reason for the Lib Tech Cygnus X’s $1800 price tag. The Cygnus X features polymer sidewalls with healing properties, a top sheet made of beans and Vectron torsion rods which are 26% lighter than Carbon fibre and have 10x the strength to weight ratio of Titanium. I thought Lib Tech had lost the plot… now I’m sure they’re absolutely bonkers. Now where did they park the Doc’s Delorean?
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Cygnus X BTX 2010 Snowboard.
A top of the range freestyle banana utilising the most cutting edge green construction on the planet. This green banana is ripe for the picking!
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Banana Magic BTX 2010 Snowboard.
A hard carving freestyle snowboard with a firm but explosive flex featuring Lib Tech’s new C2 banana rocker profile. A narrow-ish waist for lightening quick response edge-to-edge and Magnetraction edges to fire you up pipe walls.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Dark Series C2 Power BTX 2010 Snowboard.
Short with large stance options. If the name doesn’t give it away, then the super soft flex will. Handrail and indoor riders welcome to Nirvana, a snowboard purely to scratch the paint off boxes and multiple kinked rails.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Box Scratcher BTX 2010 Snowboard.
As famous as the Lib Tech brand, the Skate Banana has spent two seasons cementing it’s position as one of the most influential snowboard designs ever. Responsible for bringing rocker profiled boards to the forefront of the market, the Skate Banana will help freestylers at any level progress, with it’s explosive pop, catch free cruising and forgiving landings.
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX 2010 Snowboard.
Pipe, park and freeriding, the TRS Banana is a freestyle focused all-mountain snowboard. The snowboard of choice for the majoity of the Lib Tech team…so it’s probably fair to assume the TRS is good!
Read full Snowboard Review review of the Lib Tech TRS BTX - Total Ripper Series 2010 Snowboard.
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