Snowboard Review: 08-09 Lib Tech Phoenix “Lando”
03 Nov, 2008
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: A mixture of groomers and hard packed popcorn, choppy terrain.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Phoenix Lando with my Raiden Tigre bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: WOW, I rode the Phoenix Blonde in a 154 and now the Lando in a 160 and it is a lot stiffer.
Weight: little more than average
Flex: This phoenix was actually noticeably stiffer than the 154cm phoenix I rode. It was very stable in carving, turning and freeriding but definitely with the length and the stiffer flex, it lost the more fun freestyle feel.
Turning: The phoenix is very predictable, but in a good way…you know what it is going to do and there’s no surprises. I put in the mtx part that the mtx is mellower on the phoenix which in my opinion is great. It lets the rider still control each turn, rather than the board just diving in, locking to the snow and giving you a ride without you wanting it. That was the same for both phoenix’s I rode, but the lando for me when riding the long radius turns were the bread and butter. Shorter radius, I didn’t get as quick of a response and during one turn around the cat track it was slower edge to edge response than I would have liked.
Stable: Of the 3 boards I rode for both days, it was the most stable through the varying conditions and just for hauling down with. But it was also the longest size of the day at 160cm. I didn’t feel any speed wobbles or issues with it vibrating.
Pop: Other than a couple tail presses and 180’s on the cat track wall, I didn’t really test the pop of the board. No ollies on it, just strictly freeriding with it. The 154cm was poppy and fun, but the stiffer flex of the 160 threw me off when it came time to getting freestyle with it.
Switch: Switched into it for a couple turns, didn’t catch an edge and didn’t feel any different in the handling.
MagneTraction (MTX): I prefer a MTX that’s more mellow, gradual letting the rider do the work…not the board do the work for you. The Phoenix is that, both of the boards had really low key MTX barely noticeable…but you do notice it when you need it on the icier terrain. It still gripped the snow well on the harder packed stuff but didn’t feel like you were locked into the snow. I liked that as a rider, I could control the board on edge.
Overall Impression: It rode a lot different than the 154 Phoenix Blonde I rode, just stiffer flex. I really wasn’t expecting that big of change. However with the stiffer flex, came more stability and for carving, felt like the big S turns were the most fun on it. I’d definitely want this board on a powder day with the stiffer flex and BTX, but on groomers the 154cm was quite enough fun for me than the 160cm.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I liked the 154cm Phoenix better, just more fun and more freestyle all mountain flex. The 160 was fun for bombing with and a really steady stable ride but I liked the more fun of the 154cm.
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