Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech Box Scratcher BTX
10 Mar, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Box Scratcher with Roxy Rock-it power bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This is the only smaller size board I’d want to ride all the time.
Flex: The box scratcher has a softer nose and tail making it extremely fun to butter and press on the mountain with or float in the powder with. The stiffer flex is between the feet and under the feet giving you good edgehold and stability on the slopes. It’s an easy board to ride, not very difficult with the BTX on the board and makes it adaptable for park to powder. The box scratcher features BTX which is banana rocker between the inserts, flat from inserts out to contact points and features magne traction for edgehold.
Turning: Relatively easy board to ride, engages the edge and the BTX makes it a bit more forgiving on the turns. Once on edge it held a turn and the MTX definitely gripped the snow. I rode the box scratcher first thing in the morning on some more hardpacked conditions and had no problem carving up with the smaller size board. Slower edge to edge for me but easy to initiate turns. Both long and short radius turns were good but I liked the quicker shorter radius turns better.
Stable: Surprisingly for a smaller board, the box scratcher does good on stability. The stiffer flex in between the feet gives it good handing on the cruisers and you don’t feel it flop around like a smaller size normally would. It’s not a stable beast but it can handle the mountain better than expected.
Pop: Good playful pop on the box scratcher and easy to press and butter with the BTX.
Switch: The box scratcher is a true twin and rides like a true twin. Easy to ride switch with no adjustments.
Overall Impression: The box scratcher is the smaller size board for the rider wanting powder to park on a smaller deck. Burtner’s riding is always fun and innovative and he brings that into this board, it handles on the groomers, super playful but can take a powder day too.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The first time that I got on the box scratcher was years ago but even then I knew riding this smaller sized portion snowboard didn’t matter because it handled like a bigger ride. If there’s one small size board I’d ride, it would be this board hands down. It’s not a mindfuck of small sizing, it rides larger than life and makes riding super fun.
On Snow Photo
Lib Tech Box Scratcher description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.