Snowboard Review: 08-09 Lib Tech Dark Series BTX
15 Jan, 2009
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Bluebird with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Dark Series with my Raiden Tigre bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: The dark series never lets me down
Weight: heavier than average
Flex: Stiffer flex longitudinally and torsionally, which would make it stable for jumps. It’s a do-it all board, stiffer and longer effective edge to handle freeriding but could take into the jump line if you wanted to and has good pop to it. If you are expecting an easy, non-aggressive board that’s buttery soft this is not it.
Turning: The dark has a longer effective edge which makes turns really stable and controlled. With the mtx, it was gradual so I never felt like the mtx was holding me into a turn. The response edge to edge is quick. Obviously turning on ice is no issue, the mtx holds an edge. Stable: Very stable ride, when hauling ass or just taking it easy. I didn’t have much chop to take it through but in some leftover powder spots, the board just drove through them no problem. Very stable on edge and turning.
Pop: The dark has good pop, it was easy to pop into ollies. Swing weight was a little heavier so hopping into 180’s was noticeable a little slower. The Dark features the org throttle which really lets you pop the board from nose to tail or from edge to edge, it works both ways.
Switch: It could me a couple runs to get used to riding switch on it.
MagneTraction (MTX): It was a good gradual MTX on the dark, not aggressive throw me into a turn all the time MTX so it was a good ride for me.
Overall Impression: The Dark Series has yet to let me down, I like the stiffer flex for just charging with and it really is a good freeride board despite the freestyle label.
The Dark Series will be changed in 2009-2010, word is that the Dark will have double banana camber on it and be more the aggressive freeriders board. I’ve always thought of the dark as a really stiff park board, great for freeriding so I think that’ll be sweet to see this new version come out and the take on it.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Stiff and stable…that’s what I like.
For more information on the Lib Tech Dark Series go to Lib’s website.