Snowboard Review: 09-10 Lib Tech Dark Series C2

19 Feb, 2009


Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Bluebird with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Dark C2 with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Lib’s C2 is not Never Summer’s RC, I’ve spent enough time on Never Summer’s to know that this board’s camber/banana is different.

Size: 158cm

Weight: heavier than average

Flex: Overall stiffer torsionally and longitudinally making it super stable to ride and charge with. It to me is no longer a park board, this is a freeride board. I found it a lot harder to tail press than I used to with the Dark BTX.

Turning: It has the og throttle 3D power risers which I don’t really need to elevate myself off the board, I noticed it took me longer to go on edge than I was expecting. On the really long drawn out turns it was the best, shorter radius were harder for me to lay over on edge and get the quick response but the long S turns were butter. Once I was on edge, it held throughout each turn and could just lay it over.

You can actually watch me ride the Lib Tech Dark C2 in this video between the 46 second and 1 minute mark that I’m riding the Dark and making turns with it.

Stable: It was a stable ride for freeriding and carving down Keystone with, didn’t feel any chatter around sharp corners or bumpy terrain. Not as much dampening so I could feel the bumps but I felt in control going over some rougher spots.

Pop: I didn’t even try the pop with it, just freerode with it on the mountain.

Switch: Riding switch was a little catchy for me, I was just more cautious when I was riding it.

Overall Impression: So the big debate is the whole Lib vs NS double camber/rocker and from what I’ve rode it’s not the same in how they ride. Two different feelings in the double camber/rocker. The old Dark Series is just that, this new Dark Series really shows that the board is a stiffer freeride board and less freestyle than it has been. You can charge with it.

I wish I could have rode this board in some powder and I’m going to re-ride it to take it out again in more conditions.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I freaking love the Dark Series, it’s one of my favorite boards by Lib Tech and I’m still warming up to this new board with C2. I’m gonna re-ride it to really judge it with some detuning thrown in.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo for the 2011 version of the Lib Tech Dark Series C2 or shop their full line of Lib Tech snowboards

On-snow Photos

Lib Tech Dark Series C2 Description

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 19, 2009

    man, i can’t wait to try this board out. although, I’m curious what makes you say that it’s no longer “freestyle focused”. is it just because it’s stiffer? is it more directional than it has been in the past? my last board was the Dark Series from a few years ago (before banana and magnetraction) and now I ride a GNU Rider’s Choice BTX. I’d like to combine the best of both.

    My biggest worry is that I tested 2 different Neversummer boards this year with the recurve, and i felt like the camber on the ends made them more catchy (even more than regular camber, which itself is more catchy than BTX). I hope when you say the two ride different you mean the lib tech is less catchy.

  2. yaeler
    February 19, 2009

    Nice blog site. And nice review too.
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  3. lukasls
    November 18, 2009

    Hey, is that true that with Magna you should reduce the lenght of the board by 4 cms with respect to snowboarder height in comparison to the regular board without this feature?
    Other thing is what bindings would you recommend for this board?