Snowboard Review: 08-09 Lib Tech TRS BTX
11 Nov, 2008
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: A mixture of groomers and hard packed popcorn, choppy terrain.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech TRS BTX with my Raiden Tigre bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: I heart you…I heart you…The Phoenix is out of the picture…I heart you. I’m not a racer but you know I wasn’t sticking to the snow with the base either.
Weight: little lighter than average
Flex: This isn’t a soft board, even as a medium flex it’s more longitudinally stiffer than torsionally. I had fun riding it because of the quick response and I could throw any type of turn at it and didn’t feel like it was lacking. When I rode the Lando is was slower edge to edge and it’s only a 1cm wider in the ww, the I consider BTX part of the flex, I didn’t notice it as much as other BTX boards meant for park or powder, reasonably mellow. I really want to take this board out in the trees though, with the easy to initiate turns and quick response edge to edge…plus the banana, I am can see this board ripping up the trees in powder now I just have to put that to the test.
Turning: It is the Total Ripper Series. I wish Lib Tech would be more specific on the tech side (without the marketing bs) it’s kind of a mixture of what is out there, I thought it rode directional but it could be true twin with directional sidecut…got me. Centered but with a directional sidecut. Regardless of the tech, I had no catching when turning or 180’s to riding switch. I still felt a lot of give when needing to quickly turn and overall when I’m doing a long radius turn, I didn’t feel that I had no arc to it. I could manipulate the board but keeping the board stable on edge. Stable: Through the really cruddy popcorn snow, I had a tougher time staying stable and took it slower, than I had previously with a 160 Lando…could have been the size difference and it was only in the really popcorn crud that I felt that way. On the groomers just freeriding, I didn’t feel unstable at any speed I did.
Pop: Nothing really to test the pop on, tried a couple 180’s and butters. Didn’t try an ollie on it.
Switch: I noticed it rode differently switch and with a directional sidecut it would do that…I preferred to ride it regular.
MagneTraction (MTX): I’m starting to warm up to the Libs with the more mellow mtx or maybe I’m just warming up to it period. The TRS held an edge on the icy, hard packed snow with no issues. I had control over the edging.
Overall Impression: So interesting point about this board, it was in the women’s good wood test this year and won…lib doesn’t make women’s board and went in under the women’s category. As a women rider I had no problems riding it and I’m suprised by the GW win…just because it’s not a soft park board…more do-it-all handle everything board.
A lot of people wonder about the base of the TRS, it is basically libs fasted unwaxed base. Jay waxed up the boards before we rode both weekends on the TRS, I didn’t feel slow on it but I also wasn’t racing. On the flat/cat track terrain I didn’t notice it being slow to start.
Shay’s Honesty Box: If I wasn’t riding a Never Summer Evo-R, I’d be riding this board but in a 159cm.
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