Board: Lib Tech T. Rice Pro
Camber Option: C2. Rocker in the middle camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, warmer temps, the occasional pocket of snow falling, and snow that was lumpy like mashed potatoes.
Flex: As this is Travis Rices pro model you can expect the flex to be a little more on the stiffer side. What you end up with is a board that has a small soft spot out at the end of the tips, then it progressively stiffens up from there through the center. The torsional give is moderate but manages to match up perfectly with the boards flex.
Stability: This board is designed to be stable. It’s damp yet still lively. When plowing through chunder or crushing icy moguls it keeps on going. It’s designed in a way that you won’t notice that there’s chatter.
Ollies: This board has some solid pop. When you load up the camber zones there’s enough rebound to let you boost. For a board of this caliber you might think it will take a lot to load the camber profile up, it’s not. Surprisingly this board isn’t that aggressive of a board to load up. Overall the snap is superb.
Pop On Jumps: The 155 is the blunt shape which is the more freestyle focused of the two shapes (pointy pow nose is the other option). As such this board gives a great platform to hit jumps on. Small to large you don’t have to worry as this is a deck that you can load up and boost with or be a bit more laid back and let the lip do the work.
Butterability: While not the softest board in the world it actually butters fairly well. You can independently control it due to the front and back camber points. I found that if you gave a little more gusto you could get an ideal press or sideways slide.
Jibbing: The blunt shape locks into presses with ease while the reverse camber in the middle aids the ability to flex the board when doing a nose or tail press. The sweet spot isn’t so small you have to be precise with making sure it’s engages but it’s not so big that the margin of error is huge. When jibbing a little speed and muscle goes a long way.
Carving: You can aggressively rip a turn on this board and feel locked in. It sets an edge with ease and stays locked into the carve. The Magne-Traction isn’t over powering, but is there if you need it. Rolling from edge to edge takes minimal effort and when you’re not carving you can skid a turn if you need and not worry about it being super hooky.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle rider that wants a board with some snap and rebound.
Personal Thoughts: I kind of had this suspicion that this board was going to suck going into it. That’s just how I’ve felt about this model in the past, it’s not a board for everyone, it’s not even a board for a select set of people, I was wrong. This board was actually super awesome at everything it did. It ripped a turn with style and grace, it can hold its own in the park, and it was just a fun fast ride. It’s on par to other boards of this nature and I don’t foresee the weekend warrior everyman having an issue with it.
Comparable Boards: DC Mega, Ride Burnout, Rome Mod Stale
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