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Lib Tech Tech: Camber Profiles: BTX

BTX- Banana Tech.

In 2006 Lib Tech Snowboards introduced the very first Skate Banana was in production  and the snowboard industry was turned on its head.  Here was a board that was easy to ride, floated in powder, carved on ice and enjoyed noisy laps in the park.  Suddenly, snowboarding was even more fun!  BTX has rocker between the feet and slight to flat camber outside of the feet. Good all over the mountain and any condition, but best at jibbing, pow and having fun, this catch-free profile is available on the Skate Banana, Birdman HP and Lib Ripper.

2013 Lib Tech Snowboards: T. Rice Pro, HP and Split C2BTX

T.Rice Pro C2BTX

I don’t know if you have heard of Travis Rice, but if you haven’t seen That’s It That’s All, Art of Flight, or the coverage of his Supernatural competition, then open up another tab and Google him real quick.  You will see that what Travis Rice does on a snowboard is stupefying and amazing.   Even though many of us may never be close to riding as well  as he does, we can at least ride the same board(s) that he shreds.

T.Ripper C2BTXTravis has a few different versions of his pro-model Lib Tech to choose from:  the T. Rice C2BTX ($549.95),  the Horse Power T. Rice C2BTX ($696.96) and the HP T. Rice Splits C2BTX ($969.69).   Their is also a scaled down version for the younger ripper called the T. Ripper C2BTX ($429.95).  All four of these boards come with Magne-Traction for maximum edge control in less than ideal conditions and the C2BTX rocker/camber hybrid that puts more pressure between the feet with the rocker, and extra stability and pop outside the feet with camber. They are all twins and ride in either direction with power and control.  Every Travis Rice board also has a bio beans top sheet, which is environmentally friendly and light.  The HP and Splits HP have a sparkle top sheet, which helps distinguish them as magical.

T.Rice Pro  C2BTX

The T. Rice and the HP T. Rice have different shapes depending on the length of the board.  The shorter decks (150, 153, 157) have a blunt nose and tail for extra free-style flair and spin.  The longer boards (161.5, 164.5) are pointed for extra float and drive in the powder.  The Splits HP are pointed and only come in 161.5 and 164.5.

Split boards come apart to be used as skis for back country hikes and then attach back together for the ride down.   That doesn’t exclude this deck from being ok to ride at a resort, but its primary purpose is for the riders that are out searching for their own lines, not looking to wait in them.  And coming in at the higher price point, this is certainly a snowboard that is not for the park rat.

When we start getting inside of the boards, that is where we can see more differences.  The T. Rice has the H-Pop core, made with sustainable wood, and is wrapped in axis inversion fiberglass.  The smaller sizes have a softer flex (5-6 of 10) for the rails and park jumps, while the bigger decks get a bit stiffer (7 of 10).  Overall, the T. Rice is an excellent choice for someone looking to get an aggressive freestyle or freeride board, and with the sizes and shapes available, leaves a bit of room to decide which way to go.  For a rider of about 170 pounds and size 10 feet, if he wanted to do more park but still have a board that will ride in powder days, the 153 or 157 would be a good choice.  For the same weight and shoe size rider, but more into back country and free riding, the 161.5 would be the way to go.

T. Rice HP C2BTX

The HP construction for the T. Rice HP and Splits HP means these boards are light and strong. The Horse Power boards are made with Lib Tech Snowboards Columbian Gold core, which is a special wood core designed for sustainability, fast growth, strength and lightweight power.  These two also have no fiberglass in them, but are rather glassed with basalt, a fine volcanic rock that is lighter, stronger and way less toxic than fiberglass.  In essence the Horse Power construction creates a stronger, lighter, more powerful ride that will get the rider down the steepest and deepest any mountain has to offer.  These are the boards Travis Rice and pals take when they go up to Alaska.

If we look at the same rider, but make him a little more experienced and focused on getting more time off the groomers and in the back country, then the T. Rice HP is a good choice.  It is a stiffer board, 7 of 10, but the C2BTX gives it a catch free feel that high-performance camber boards don’t have.  The Magne-Traction ensures good edge contact in any condition.  Transworld Snowboarding has given the T. Rice HP its good wood award for 2013.  This board is an all mountain slayer that will do laps in the park, but is more tuned for cliff drops, narrow chutes, and pillow lines.

T.Rice Split HP C2BTX

For the guy or gal already hiking in to the backcountry, the Splits HP T. Rice is a great choice for a split board.  The Splits HP comes with Karakoram  premium clips and latches, and is pre-drilled and ready for mounting.  Some companies offer a split board kit which requires a bit of skills and tools, but this one is ready to go with no extra sawing or drilling.  Skins, bindings and poles are not included.

The T. Rice Pro Model boards offer a lot for the intermediate to advanced rider.  From park to pipe, back country powder to heli-tours, Lib Tech’s Travis Rice Pro Models have a board that is right for you.

 

2013 Lib Tech Snowboards: TRS- Total Ripper Series C2BTX

TRS C2BTX

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.

TRS Stealth C2BTX

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.

TRS C2BTX

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.

 

 

Lib Tech Tech: Magne-Traction, 30 Goodwood Awards and Counting.

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.

2013 Lib Tech Snowboards Skate Banana BTX

Skate Banana BTX

This year’s Lib Tech Skate Banana keeps to its roots with the BTX reverse camber profile.   It also has magne-traction, twin geometries, a medium flex, H-pop core, power transfer internal sidewalls, sintered base and tons of awards.  That is quite the mouthful, but it all adds up to be a fun ride that floats in the powder, bonks off of tree stumps and locks on to rails with ease.  Great for the beginner and solid enough for the advanced freestyle rider, the Skate Banana will fit just about any ability level, and make sure that rider is smiling all day long.

Skate Banana BTXThe Skate Banana comes in a range of sizes and Eternal has two colors to choose from: gray/black and yellow/green.  Skate Banana BTX Wide is also available. Stiffness and flex is based on the length of the board and each size also has a recommended weight range, although the range is not too restrictive.  The 152 recommends riders to be at least 60 pounds while the 159 Wide suggests 80 pounds plus.

Skate Banana BTX

This is the board that started the reverse camber revolution and it is an excellent choice if you are looking to get your first rocker.  It is priced at $489, so it is definitely not a low end board, but it is a solid investment that won’t break the bank.

Eternal Snowboard team rider Alice Gong says this about the Skate Banana:

“This is one of the most fun snowboards I have ever ridden!!! My first day on onw was a 6 inch dust on crust day but on the skate banana I just floated. And the magna-traction holds an edge on anything. I was stunned! Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to ride a 156(I usually ride 148-150s in the park) on a chest deep pow day and decided it is the ultimate powder board! The banana profile makes it super easy to control, feeling like a shorter board while still giving you all the stability of the actual length. Get this ride, you’ll love it!”

All Lib Tech boards are hand crafted in the USA, near Canada, and utilize the most environmentally friendly methods available.  Lib Tech Snowboards come with a 1 year warranty against manufacture defects.

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