Board: Lib Tech TRS
Camber Option: C2X. Camber under foot with a shortened reverse camber in the middle.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Clouds, low visibility, heavy wet snow falling aggressively, firm frozen death chunder, wet heavy chunder pow, and even some areas where it was groomed perfectly.
Flex: This board comes in with a flex pattern that’s closer towards freeride than a freestyle flex. What you get is a stiffer center till just past the insert packs and then a little play in the tips. There’s a minimal amount of torsional flex which aids the board in driving it through a turn.
Stability: If you want stable and lively, this is the deck for you. It will bust through chunder and plow through choppy terrain with ease, but won’t fold or buck you. It’s that blend of aggressiveness that lets you still have some fun.
Ollies: If you load the board up there’s a solid amount of snap, but not enough to find yourself boosting to the moon. It’s a little hard to engage it, but if you give it a bit more than minimal effort you’ll see a solid response.
Pop On Jumps: This board sucks up tranny and knows how to boost off a lip. As already mentioned it’s not the most aggressive, but it’s solid enough.
Butterability: Speed and knowing the sweet spot is key with this board. I did find that on more than one occasion I had to manipulate my weight and get over the tip or tail and really muscle it. Which is to be expected with this boards flex pattern.
Jibbing: Speed is the key. Pop harder and press into the board to really lock it in. Going sideways there’s just enough give that it will hug a rail or box.
Carving: The sidecut engages with the snow with ease and locks in due to the Magnetraction. What you’ll find is that due to the shortened center reverse camber area you can push the back camber zone in and change the arc of the carve at the last second. This gives it a cut-back like effect and drastically changes the arc of the carve. Edge to edge initiation is quick and nimble.
Rider in Mind: Well it is the Total Ripper Series, and as such it is a total ripper.
Personal Thoughts: While not as soft as I remember it from riding it years and years ago, it’s still aggressive and snappy where it counts. It does a good job of balancing itself in the all mountain freestyle with more emphasis on all mountain and less on total freestyle. Personally I think a smaller size would have fit me better or if I was heavier this would have been my cup of tea.
Comparable Boards: Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, K2 Turbo Dream, Nitro Suprateam
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