If you have been following Lib Tech riders like Eric Jackson or Sammy Luebke, then you know that they destroy the mountain and are total rippers on the Total Ripper Series from Lib Tech Snowboards. Utilizing the C2 Power Banana/Camber Combo tech, the TRS is the choice for veterans and pros that need extra power, float and reliability in critical lines.
The TRS is not for the beginner, especially at $560. Winner of the 2013 Transworld Snowboarding’s Goodwood award, the TRS is for the Total Ripper. The C2BTX profile gives the TRS a solid amount of pressure and stability from nose to tail, and makes the board very responsive. Combine that with Magne-Traction, and the TRS is beast in the crud, hard pack and everywhere else on the mountain. The TRS is a bit stiffer in flex (5 – 7 of 10) and is not specifically a jib board; it will handle rails and boxes, but would prefer to air over them with a little tail tap. Basalt is the secret ingredient that is mixed with the fiberglass to keep the TRS snappy. Landing switching is no problem with the twin geometry, and the TNT base is extra durable and fast without needing a lot of attention.
The graphics this year are amazing! Carl Smith has captured the flight and fear of the shred with his psychedelic skulls and moths. There is also a toned down stealth version for those wanting a top sheet a bit more low key. Either way, the TRS looks just as good as it rides.
As mentioned before, the TRS is not recommended for the rider that is just starting out. It is kind of like buying a Ferrari for the kid that just got a drivers license. But for the rider that already has a few years under his belt, this board will definitely get him on the fast track to shred-tastical greatness.
Over the past decade, Mervin Manufacturing and specifically Lib Tech Snowboards have revolutionized the way we snowboard by taking the ideas and concepts from the Lib Tech Experimental Division and applying to actual production models. First was the introduction of Magnetraction, which allowed riders have more edge control and more fun. Then comes the banana. Introduced in 2006, the Skate banana turned snowboarding upside with its BTX profile, easy pow ride and catch free fun.
Magne-traction: “It’s not all butter… steak knife technology turns ice into powder.” – Mervin Mfg.
Lib tech and Steven Cobb invented Magne-Traction technology, and it has become a permanent staple in the Lib-tech and Gnu Snowboard lines. A few other brands license the tech from Mervin Manufacturing, but it is pretty much exclusive to Lib, Gnu and Roxy snowboards. Boards featuring Magne-traction have won 30 Transworld Snowboarding Goodwood awards to date.
A traditional edge is mostly straight. Magne-Traction takes that edge and puts a serrated pattern in it. This allows for more contact points with the snow and ice. More contact equals more control and more control is always good. The boards I have ridden with Magnetraction are noticeably grippier, easier to turn and hold an edge very well, especially in firmer and choppier conditions. While it won’t exactly turn bullet proof into pow-pow, Magne-Traction does minimalize the “OH S—!“ factor when conditions are difficult.
New for this year, Roxy Snowboards has developed the Roxy Banana Smoothie EC2BTX snowboard with all mountain expert and Whistler local Robin Van Gyn. When your days off from coaching groms are spent hiking back country lines, you need a board that will power through the various terrain British Columbia has to offer. The Banana Smoothie is a great looking women’s snowboard that will make your day taste like magic.
Taking the Roxy Banana Smoothie EC2BTX out of the bag, the hand painted graphic pulls me in and it cool to see that there are actually sparkles in the top sheet. But not just good looking, this board features the best tech that the banana loving shreds at Mervin have to offer. EC2BTX is a mellower version of the hybrid power banana camber found in the C2BTX. Still responsive when needed, the elliptical camber smooths the pressure along the nose and tail for the feel that Robin wants. Add Magen-Traction to the mix and there is amazing control as the “steak knife” edges cut through the crustiest crust that ever crusted. With a flex of 5 out of 10, the Banana Smoothie is at the stiffer end of the spectrum for the ladies.
Built for the powder hungry, snowmobiling, cliff-dropping, chute bombing female rider, the Banana Smoothie C2BTX is a great choice for the intermediate to advanced rider looking to spend more time in the trees, off of the groomers and outside of the resort.
Let us know what you think about the Roxy Banana Smoothie EC2BTX in the comments below.
This years Union Atlas Bindings have arrived! These bindings are light, strong and versatile and are recommended for all riders interested in shredding to the max. We were pretty excited to see the 35 boxes come off the UPS truck and into our warehouse. The first binding I picked up is the Matte Green Atlas, and I liked what I saw, felt and heard as the buckles easily slid through the ladders.
The Atlas is a mid to high price binding at $239.95, but even just out of the box this binding shows its value. The Matte Green Atlas that I took out was highlighted with flourescent green, and looks pretty cool. It helps that green is my favorite color. The Atlas is also pretty light, and once I started squeezing the starts and twisting the high back, I could tell this binding was definitely not a show pony.
The Atlas uses Union’s stage III Atlas Baseplate which uses Dupont Zytel ST nylon and has a minimal footprint to prevent dead spots in the snowboard’s flex. There is also two densities of EVA foam on the bottom to reduce vibration and aid in smooth board flex. This adds up to a very lightweight and strong base that creates a comfortable and responsive ride. All Union bindings come with a lifetime warranty on the base plate and heel cup.
The straps are pretty rad as well. The ankle strap has a 3D construction which allows it to contour around the boot and has a good cushion of multi-density foams to give support where it is need without any hot spots. There is also a convenient tool less adjustment. The toe strap is very versatile in that it can be set all the way forward for the “toe cap” usage, completely vertical for the classic strap feel, and all spots in between. This allows the binding to fit a variety of boots well without having to do too many adjustments.
One of the stand out parts of the Atlas is the high back. Designed to function even better than it looks, the symmetrical zonal ribs increase the stiffness of the high back as they get closer to the heel for more response and support. Towards the top of the high back the flex is increased to allow for extra tweakage and steez. The best of both worlds are joined to allow for good mobility, support and response.
The Union Atlas is a medium flex binding and comes in several colors. Leave a comment and let us know what you think, which color is your favorite and if you have had a chance to ride these give us your review.
Since moving production over to the Mervin Manufacturing plant, Roxy Snowboards have really made a name for themselves as a premier choice for the female ripper. The Roxy Ollie Pop C2BTX is a prime example of how Quiksilver’s little sister has earned her shred cred.
My wife rides the Ollie Pop. Her best friend rides the Ollie Pop. And while I still have to work to pay the bills, she loves it and so does her best friend and pretty much every lady that I have talked to who rides the Roxy Ollie Pop. This snowboard floats in powder, carves through crud, is just a lot of fun to ride. Built with the park-girl in mind, the Ollie Pop has the thumbs-up from team rider Erin Comstock as her all time favorite board. Plus there are sparkles in the bio beans plastic top sheet.
Featuring C2BTX and Magne-Traction, the Ollie Pop is made in the USA with the most environmentally conscious methods available. C2BTX is the hybrid power banana that blands the float and fun of rocker with the power, stability of camber. Magen-Traction boosts confidence and self esteem by keeping the rider in control even during icy conditions. The Envi Alloy core is light and strong; this board is slightly stiffer than the usual ladies ride at 4.5 out of 10. All that adds up to a great ride that will lay it down in any condition, but wants to show off in the park.
Designed specifically for women, all Roxy snowboards are designed to work with the female rider. Guys and girls are built differently, and our snowboards should be as well. Check out Erin Comstock in the video below riding the Roxy Ollie Pop C2BTX.
What do you think of the Roxy Ollie Pop C2BTX? Leave us your comment or review below.