Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech TRS C2 BTX
17 May, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech TRS with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The TRS is that classic choice for riding everything, ripping up everything on the mountain.
Flex: It isn’t so stiff it falls into the hard charging category like the Dark Series and it isn’t so soft it falls into the Skate Banana category but hangs out smack in the middle of the flex scale. Tad stiffer in the nose and tail but softer torsionally which allows for it to handle freeriding but give it a quickness edge to edge for response. Lib Tech defines the flex as 5-7 depending on size which I’d agree on. The TRS has C2 technology which is banana rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the contact points.
Turning: Easy to engage into turns. That’s where the TRS might not sound like the name given to it, it’s a total ripper but it doesn’t mean you have to be on your game to ride it. The TRS still has an easy initiation into each turn and quick edge to edge response when riding. Once into each turn, you feel stable on edge and secure through the whole turn. Both short and long radius turns were comfortable on the TRS.
Stable: Conditions weren’t that tough for the day, soft groomed snow and some hardpacked spots but mostly soft groomed. The TRS handled speed and the size was a good fit for my riding. The C2 technology helped make it stable and not the loose feeling. I didn’t get to take it through any chop or cruddy conditions to test it on the worst stuff.
Pop: I took the TRS through Forest Trail for some jumps and just playing around on the board. It had decent pop for ollies and still playful in some aspects. For butters/presses, capable of doing them but some more effort than a softer more banana specific park board.
Switch: I ended up not riding it switch at all so not sure if it rode the same as previous years or different.
Overall Impression: The TRS is a classic in the Lib Tech lineup. It’s name, Total Ripper Series isn’t just a name, it does what it says. It’s a board meant to ride everywhere you take it, park or freeriding or pow. It does it.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Riding the TRS is a blast, because it just enjoys the ride. It’s a board that can handle the riding you give it but won’t always make you stay on your toes. Last year I encountered the slow base with the TRS but this year I didn’t have that issue and it rode fine with no slowness to the base at all.
On Snow Photo
Lib Tech TRS description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the WWSRA Mammoth on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.