Snowboard Review: 12-13 Lib Tech Attack Banana EC2
14 May, 2012
Location: Mission Ridge, WA
Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Attack Banana with K2 Formula bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: The Attack Banana continues to charge the entire mountain.
Flex: Longitudinally it’s stiffer from nose to tail which helps give it the stable feeling during riding and charging the mountain. Torsionally it’s a tad softer so you can get easier quick response from edge to edge. The flex overall is described by Lib Tech as a 6.5 which allos the board to handle the whole mountain and charge in the powder. The Attack Banana features Ec2 technology which is a mix between BTX and C2 technology, featuring rocker (a.k.a. banana) between the feet; from the feet out the snowboard is shaped with an elliptical camber shape.
Turning: Getting back on the Attack Banana is like feeling you never got off of riding it. It doesn’t require adjustment, it’s easy to turn and delivers a quick response from edge to edge. I was finally able to get on the 156cm to compare against the 159 handling. It was more ideal but delivered the same stability in turns and on edge, whether it was long or short radius. In the new snow it was really effortless to get turns and it was a good board for just cruising through the fresh snow.
Stable: This board can handle fast, aggressive riding and blasting through on the new snow. I was stoked to get in some powder turns on it, feel it float with no issues and handle the carving and chop on some other parts of the mountain. Good stable ride without any adjustment.
Pop: It was a powder day so I played in the new snow. I have ridden the 10-11 version of this board in the park with a review on the playfulness and pop then.
Switch: The Attack Banana is a true twin and rides like a true twin without any hangups or weirdness when switching around.
Overall Impression: Between a mix of BTX and C2 Technology, the EC2 design of the Attack Banana delivers an all mountain board that attacks the mountain. It’s very capable of charging and delivering response and pop but can also ride park when needed.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This was one of my favorite boards from Lib Tech so when it came time to choose a board to ride some powder with, I opted for the Attack Banana to see how it’d do in new snow. The result was the same board I fell in love with but a good handling through the new snow and staying afloat with EC2. This time the 156cm was the ideal size for me.
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On Snow Photo
Lib Tech Attack Banana Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the WWSRA On-Snow at Mission Ridge, WA.