Snowboard Review: 13-14 Lib Tech Trice C2 BTX

12 Feb, 2013


Location: Winter Park, CO

Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked conditions.

Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Trice with Roxy Torah Bright bindings and Vans aura boots.

Size: 153

First Impression: The Trice rides just like Travis Rice. Fast, charging and handles the mountain like a dream.

Weight: Average.

Flex:  The Trice offers a stiffer, stable ride without sacrificing the fun of it. Between the bindings, it’s torsionally softer so you get quick response from the board. From the bindings to the blunted nose/tail, you have a stiffer flex to help absorb impact and give you a stable ride on the mountain. I sized down with the Trice this year and it still handled and charged the mountain. The T.Rice has C2 technology which is banana rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the contact points.

Turning: Quick and responsive. Here’s the deal, last time I rode the Trice, it was the 57 and this time with the 53 it was even better despite the waist width of 25.3. The numbers are dialed and despite being wide, it turns quickly and responds to the rider and the snow. It’s definitely not a board for a beginner but for a rider looking for a responsive, consistent ride down the mountain. Softer torsional flex definitely helped in the quickness.

Stable: The first turns of the day with the Trice were good, solid and stable. The conditions varied from hardpacked to softpacked snow. In the powder I could find, the board floated and seemed fine with the blunt nose/tail. In the hardpacked, the board rallied on edge and carved up on a dime. The combination of the board and Torah bindings made for a very responsive ride.

Pop: I’ve played with this board before in the park for days so with the 153 on the Winter Park conditions, I mostly freerode with it for the time being.

Switch: Twin blunt shape on the 153 rode just like a twin without any adjustments.

Overall Impression: Travis Rice’s pro model boards by Lib Tech are definitely built to handle the mountain and anything you throw at it. It’s a board capable of riding park to powder that offers a stable, fun ride down the slopes.

Shay’s Honesty Box: The Trice is definitely a favorite board, it’s responsive and fun for the mountain. It’s stable and charges which rarely goes hand in hand with fun. The 13-14 was a good board to start the demos with and combined with the Roxy Torah Bright team bindings, it was responsive and charging on both board and bindings.

On Snow Photo

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Lib Tech Trice Description

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Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the SIA on-snow demo at Winter Park, CO.

 

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3 Comments

  1. February 28, 2013

    Hey. I am planning on purchasing this board. Though, I am having a hard time deciding between the 157 and 161.5 boards. I am an intermediate rider, 6’0 and 180 lbs. I will mostly ride east coast mountains in Vermont. Most of my days will be on the slopes with little time in the park. I have heard that this board rides a bit longer than its size, and wonder if the 161.5 would be too long. What do you think?

    • March 02, 2013

      Awesome on the new board! For the conditions you’ll be riding, the board how it handles and your weight, you’d be fine on the 157. Definitely if you had more powder, deeper conditions I’d maybe think to size up but you’ll be fine on the 157cm. It’ll handle all of the mountain and it does ride longer than you think.

  2. March 21, 2013

    Did you find any difference between T.Rice 2013 and T.Rice 2012, or only new graphics?

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