Snowboard Review: 09-10 Lib Tech Banana Magic
14 Dec, 2009
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Banana Magic with my Force SL bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: Definitely not the loosey goosey feeling of the Skate Banana, Banana Magic is all freeriders version.
Flex: The Banana Magic is on the stiffer end but it’s still got some playfulness so you can take it into the park. The stiffer flex came into play on the mountain when pointing it, it’s stiffer than the Skate Banana and in my opinion meant for a freerider who occasionally plays. Overall it was stiffer, I didn’t notice the flex being too varying longitudinally or torsionally.
Turning: The sidecut didn’t remind me of the park pickle, but it was deeper which made it very fast and easy to turn on the mountain. Going from edge to edge was no issue on the banana magic, it rallied through carves and you could really hold this board on edge in a carve. I didn’t notice the sidecut being an issue on longer radius turns, I could still draw it out into those turns and felt comfortable on it. The MTX helped on the icy sections of the mountain and I never noticed the board going into super mtx mode for me, it was more mellow but gave that grip when I needed it.
Stable: The Banana Magic was very stable with freeriding, the stiffer flex made it charge a lot more than the Skate Banana without feeling squirrely or loose when riding. Through some choppy/bumpy snow, it absorbed the conditions without getting tossed around on the board.
Pop: It had more pop that I was expecting and really easy to pop ollies and butters with the board. It’s not as easy as the skate banana when it comes to the playful factor. I was able to butter and press on it, but wasn’t as easy as the other boards.
Switch: Supposed to be a true twin but when I went into switch riding, it felt a little off than a true twin. I noticed some difference in how it rode.
Overall Impression: I was told that this board was the freeriders skate banana and I definitely agree after riding it. For me as a freerider who occasionally does park, it was ideal when it came to stability and carving the mountain but it didn’t let down when I did take it into the park and wanted to butter or pop ollies with it. It’s meant for more the aggressive rider, I didn’t find it as easy as the Skate Banana and if you hit on this board in the bar, it’d definitely make you work for taking it home.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This board rode more like C2 in how it handled the mountain, it completely got rid of the squirrely feeling that I hated about the Skate Banana and brought out a stiffer all mountain Banana that is for the freerider who also wants to play around with the board. I definitely liked how it rode and could have spent all day riding it.
On Snow Photo
Lib Tech Banana Magic description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.