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.
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.