Price US $696

Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower Snowboard Review And Buying Advice

Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

The Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower is very much like the Big Footed specialist the Skunk Apes except it has a lighter slightly snappier feel to the board. Lib Tech Boards in general run on the sturdy/heavy side so this isn’t going to be one of those ultra-light boards.  However it will be sturdy and a little bit lighter.

The 2015 and 2016 Skunk Apes Horsepower comes in split but other than that it’s pretty much the same board as the 2014.

Size 161

Days: 1

RidersStephen

Conditions: Hard pack with a little softer snow here and there.

On Snow Feel: This is very similar to the almost stable Skunk Apes.  It makes you feel almost like you are on hybrid camber in most situations.  The only time it doesn’t feel as stable between the feet is in harder to icy conditions.

Powder: We like that even though this has a hybrid rocker profile that’s pretty floaty it still has a set back stance. This type of MTX can be a little grabby in softer thicker powder like the Skunk Apes but it’s not as bad as some are.

Turn Initiation and Carving: This is a pretty easy board to get edge to edge for short radius turns. Wide radius turns are fun and pretty lively. Carving is not quite perfect but very good for it’s camber profile.  It’s MTX grabs the snow well and the camber in the tip/tail help complete the carve with a nice spring out of the turn.

Speed: The Horsepower feels a little more chatter than the regular model.  It must be because of what they took out to reduce the weight.  It’s base can glide through a long flat cat track very well and it’s pretty stable at high speed for a hybrid rocker board.

Uneven Terrain: The Skunk Ape is a little less stiff and aggressive in the bumps compared to the regular Skunk Apes but it’s still not a noodle. With a good pair of shock absorbent bindings it can do pretty well with shitty crowded end of the day resort snow. It turns pretty quick for you wide footed riders.

Approximate Weight- We didn’t scale it up. This didn’t feel like it was in the same category as some of it’s ultra light competitors.  Instead it felt like a medium to borderline light but very sturdy board.  It did feel lighter than the standard Apes.

Edge Hold: Really grips well and if you are a wide footed rider who see’s hard to icy snow this is one of your best choices.  If you see more soft snow this will do ok but there are less grippy boards that might appeal to you.

Flex: The horsepower version offers up a similar flex but it feels a little softer, more snappy and lively. It’s a little easier to butter too.

Switch: This is a directional twin like the regular Apes and it does a pretty good job centered up riding switch.

Jibbing– Not the best here but as it softens up it does get better.

Pipe: Great pipe board.  If you like to lap the pipe you will have a good time with the Skunk Apes. It’s very forgiving and drives pretty well from wall to wall for a hybrid rocker board.

Jumps: The Horsepower feels like it has a little more spring but not enough to really say for sure.  One of these days I’ll get 2 wide riders out on both Skunk Apes models so we can do an A B test.

I have to admit that if I was a wide footed rider I’d want the Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower but I wouldn’t really have a really sound argument as to why. Both ride very similar but something seems more appealing with the Horsepower version. Maybe it’s the lighter more metallic graphic or the slightly snappier ride but this seems a little more appealing. Despite that statement it’s still hard to recommend this almost $150 more ride with a level head. However if it appeals to you like it does to me then I won’t fault you. I’d say if weight is important to you and you want a little bit easier flexing ride then you might like the HP version better.

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Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower Snowboard Review And Buying Advice SKU UPC Model

Quiver Killer

Jan 04, 2014 by Marshall
Ability Level: 8/10 • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 

I had been previously riding a 2008 Skunk Ape in 162cm. I've always had to ride stiff boots/bindings to get fast turn response. As I started getting into parks more the board just wasn't cutting it anymore.

The 2014 Skunk HP just plain rocks. I've been throwing everything at it and can't find something its bad at. It really just slays the entire mountain. From trees to end of day crud to getting pop off of jumps.

The board is easy to initiate turns but felt very stable at speed (which was a worry of mine seeing the 2 stars above).
The board is expensive for sure (couple places sell a blem for a little cheaper) but knowing I'll have the board for another 5 years or so its a little easier to justify.
The fact that it makes riding so much more intuitive and brings some of the fun back that was missing from my 'work to turn' previous setup makes it an easy buy for me.

Running setup with burton genesis bindings (also killer).


5.0 5.0 1 1 I had been previously riding a 2008 Skunk Ape in 162cm. I've always had to ride stiff boots/bindings to get fast turn response. As I started getting into parks more the board just Lib Tech Skunk Apes Horsepower Snowboard Review And Buying Advice

Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Beginner - Expert

Available Widths

Wide

Manufactured in

USA by Mervin

Shape

Directional Twin

Camber Profile

Hybrid Rocker

Stance

Setback -12.5mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Flex

Medium/Soft

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

Powder

Good

Carving

Good

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Good

Switch

Good

Jumps

Great

Jibbing

Good

Pipe

Great