Board: Lib Tech Orca
Camber Option: C2X. Camber under foot with reverse between the feet. The camber section is a bit longer.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: 10 inches of fresh snow, perfect corduroy, overcast skies, cooler temps, and some choppy snow thrown in for good measure.
Flex: With this board getting the HP construction it beefs up the flex. Overall it’s just a hair past middle of the road. You have ever so slightly softer tips then a stiffer mid section. There’s a little bit of torsional flex but nothing overwhelming.
Stability: This board is noticeably more stable than the previous versions. You have a board that’s damp and does a great job of absorbing micro vibrations. It cuts through chunder with ease and never gets knocked around.
Ollies/Pop: This board has snap and its relatively easy to engage due to the C2X profile. Load it up, pop, you’re in the air. It is a bit stiffer so it takes a bit more work.
Butterability: With this board getting stiffened up it takes a bit more work work to press on this thing. You really want to get your weight out over the tip or tail to get it locked in.
Carving: This board is nimble edge to edge and having the C2X camber profile lets you manipulate how you drive the carve. It gives independent steering zones. On edge this board feels locked in and just plows through everything in its path with ease.
Rider in Mind: Pow chasing freeride guy that wants a volume shifted board or a T. Rice fanboy.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t like the fact they stiffened this up. It doesn’t make sense for what the board is and tells me that they’re trying to make this more of an all mountain board do it all. It loses its playfulness and the fun side of it to instead be more precise and power driven.
Comparable Boards: Gnu Gremlin, K2 Cool Bean, Ride Superpig