|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Lib Tech BRD 2020 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: A fun turning, forgiving hybrid camber, ride with great float.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not ideal if you like to bomb or want almost full camber from tip-tail.
The Lib Tech BRD has been around in a split and now comes in a solid 2020. It has a short C3 camber profile going just past the bindings with a good bit of rocker before the nose and even some in the tail. We had a great time on this in everything from powder to spring groomers.
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The Lib Tech BRD Snowboard Review – How it rides and who its for
How This Review Happened: We borrowed the 159 for an extended demo. We had a couple of laps on the162w at a frantic manic demo day.
Size: 159 and 162w
Conditions: and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata
Similar Boards (but not the same) That We Compared This To: Yes Pick Your Line, Burton Flight Attendant, Gnu Mullair, Jones Flagship, Lib Tech Lost Round Nose Fish, Never Summer West Bound, Rossignol XV
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back. 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered.
Approximate Weight: Feels on the light side of normal.
Sizing: The 159 felt great for my 9 feet and did well with my 185lbs and it feels like it could handle 8-10 boots easier. If you are a lighter rider you should have no problem handling this. The 162w was super easy to handle and we were both surprised how well this mid/wide turned for our boot sizes. If you run on the heavier side, it can probably handle your weight but it will make the boards personality loose a little more energy underfoot.
Flex/Buttering: The extra early rise in the nose and tail seem to make the Lib Tech BRD butter better than you would think for its mediumish flex. It feels softer than the Gnu Mullair and Flight Attendant for sure. Even thought the Lib Tech BRD feels a little softer than some boards it has a lively pop to it. Mervin(Lib-Tech/Gnu) boards have this personality that is unique in the industry. They almost always produce a lively board. The personality of the wood core really comes out more than other boards and you can feel that underfoot. That new top sheet also seems to help with giving the board some more energy underfoot despite having less camber than many other C3 boards.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The hybrid camber profile with the Lib Tech BRD really has a lot more rocker before the nose/tail than most C3 boards. Of the boards we rode, only the Lib Tech Box Knife and the Lost Rocket have a similar forgiving camber profile. You can skid turns easier with the Lib Tech BRD without catching an edge. I think an athletic or quickly progressing intermediate can handle this no problem. There is a pretty surfy feel that likes more back foot weight on groomers but doesn’t have rear leg burn in powder.
One footing is easy off the chair and so is flat basing down long flat cat tracks too. Check the pic of the BRD stacked on top of the Mullair with what we are talking about. It is more like hybrid camber than C3 and maybe it deserves its own name like C3F (Float) or C3.1.
Edge Hold: The magnetraction is pretty mellow but it still has a competent grip in harder snow. What is cool is it isn’t grabby in softer snow. If you want more grip in icy snow you can find it in the XV but it grabs hard in softer snow.
Turn Initiation: The Lib-Tech BRD is super-fast edge to edge but isn’t twitchy or hookey. It is the kind of board I’d like to have when I’m in tight spots like a dense tree line or steep narrow chute.
Turning Experience/Carving: So boards like the Mullair, Burton Flight Attendant have more camber and spring out of the turn. However, the Lib Tech BRD has more camber than the YES PYL, Jones Flagship and XV. It is a great compromise between having good float and forgiving rocker while still having a springy turn. You can carve pretty hard with this. It is washy if you try to ride it centered but it’s not too washy in comparison to some boards I rode with the same taper.
Powder: Extra rocker in the nose, 15mm of taper into a short tail and the set back on board really make the Lib Tech BRD a great floater. At a 22.5″ stance width set all the way back you a setback on board of 3.625″. That is really good. In the 1.5 feet of powder we had, it felt like the Lib Tech BRD 162w wasn’t even trying and it had great float. The 159 I own isn’t as magical but it fits my specs much better. You need some back foot weight compared to some dedicated super floaty pow boards but its no slouch by any means. The tapered tail sinks well and keeps that bigger nose with some early rise up. It felt quick and pretty slashy and it was easy to manage a tight tree line.
Speed: Pretty good speed but it isn’t a bomber. The Lib Tech BRD has some chatter in the nose. The 162w didn’t have as much but it wasn’t matched up properly for my specs. The base has good glide to it. Not top tier but definitely upper tier and it does not need to be waxed pretty regularly.
Uneven Terrain: This Lib Tech BRD just jams through a bump line and I love how it weaves through them. There isn’t a chunder buster vibe though. It’s somewhat light/snappy flex can also feel a little bucky in micro bumpy hard snow but it’s more on the middle of the spectrum. Should be fine for those that ride all day at a resort that can get crowded and messy.
Switch: Doable but not ideal.
Jumps: There is really strong pop and this is fun to hit a natural little jump with. It has enough tail to land well and it’s a great board for those that like to get some air off natural terrain.
Pipe: Yeah it works in the pipe as long as you like a more directional pipe experience.
So, all in all, the Lib Tech BRD takes is a nice compromise between giving you a stable forgiving camber like feel in all conditions while still floating super well in powder. It is a great directional daily driver.
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True Love is real
I’m just getting back into snowboarding at 42 and I love life again. I hired boards and borrowed boards and decided to lay down my hard earned cash on the sickest board for me in the universe. I wanted a daily driver that would be perfect for my epic JAPOW mission in 2020 and for riding in Australia where I live. I made a chart of all the measurements of the 2020 Mervin boards and came up with the BRD. After seeing THE GOOD RIDE review I brought the board. In 25cm of heavy Aussie pow, 10 cm more the next night and then three bluebird days, I was in heaven. I was standing up in toeside carves like I was on a race board. Slashing and carving on sidecountry changed my whole plan for Japan. (Might need the split to!) I hit a few sidehits but I’m only working my way back into 180 grabs because I can’t get injured I’m a labourer. But, the bird poped and floated so predictably and solidly that it was already an extension of my body. The effective edge, 119 cm, isn’t to much and I took it into stupidity dense Aussie snow gums chasing the pow pow and worked my way through to the stashes for slashes. On the goats trails back to the lifts I was faster than my mates. I was scared of the stiffness and the early rise on groomers. I didn’t catch an edge in five days and I went to fast a lot. Gunbarrel at Hotham was epic. Flying into the gully knowing if you can hang on and make it up the other side you can loose speed and then turn back in to charge to the other side. This board is so good I’ve taken the buildings off so I can see it better. I know I’m a bit obsessed but I just had the best five days of my year! Stay rad. Don’t worry about whales, get a bird!