Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech Banana Magic
11 Jun, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Magic Banana with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: It rips up the mountain with all mountain freestyle flare to it.
Flex: The Banana Magic is that all mountain freestyle board that is on the stiffer side for freestyle but that’s what makes it handle the whole mountain and take on the park. Lib Tech rates it as a 6-7 on their scale. Both longitudinally and torsional it’s about the same in flex but BTX on the board makes those butters/presses still doable. The stability allowed it to ride the mountain comfortably but also good pop for taking into the park. The Banana Magic is enhanced BTX which means banana rocker between your feet and flat from beginning of inserts to contact points with a numerically enhanced sidecut.
Turning: The Banana Magic doesn’t ride like your typical BTX snowboard, it actually handles carving and turns better with the enhanced sidecut. Very quick to turn and fast riding on edge, it could rally through carves on the mountain on short and long radius turns. Heelside turns are easer with the sidecut. Even on my notes, I raved about the quick responsive edge to edge control it delivered. It had no problems holding an edge.
Stable: On the mountain, the Banana Magic doesn’t waiver when it comes to freeriding. It delivers a stable ride, absorbs bumpy terrain and gives you an all mountain snowboard wherever you ride. It gripped the conditions and held an edge through the riding I took it through.
Pop: Really easy for popping ollies and playing around with despite being on the stiffer flex side. It’s still very much a playful board. More playful than the attack banana but less playful than the skate banana. It’s that board that freeriders can use in park but also cruise the mountain with. I found it great on the jumps in Forest Trail and just a blast to ride.
Switch: The magic banana is a true twin and this time when I rode it, it rode like a true twin and felt the same regular or switch.
Overall Impression: The Magic Banana can handle it all. If you freeride but want a park board too, this board can ride the whole mountain without feeling like it can’t handle it. The cruising and freeriding, it feels stable and handles carving. Then in the park, it offers up good pop and the BTX gives it playfulness on the nose/tail.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The first time I rode the Magic Banana, I liked that it was a freerider’s skate banana. The playfulness and freestyle flavor on a board that can handle the mountain without being loose and squirrely. It’s still that board that I rode the first time and just as fun to keep riding.
On Snow Photo
Lib Tech Attack Banana 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.