|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Lib Tech Dynamo 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech Dynamo isn’t the best floater in powder compared to some of its peers, but it offers up a pretty poppy dynamic ride underfoot that really shines in groomers.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.
Conditions: Kind of hard somewhat slippery CO snow but decent enough. Then some late spring conditions in the PNW and a little slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Response, DC
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Salomon Highlander
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, Gnu Antigravity
Set-Up: 21.5-22″ Wide. 18 front -6 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty light but not too light. It sits a little more on the light side of medium.
Sizing: There seems to be a good bump in width for each length that covers size 8-10 in the regular sizes and seems to cover size 10ish to size 12 pretty well in the wides. For weight, it feels like this can handle most average weights but might not be able to handle the super heavy guys as much as some other Mervin boards. For Peter and me, the 156 felt great and matched up well with size 9 boots.
Flex/Buttering: The Lib Tech Dynamo does have a dynamic flex underfoot that makes for a pretty snappy poppy ride. It does feel pretty much on the medium side of things but when you do flex it there is a quick snapback. You can feel that in the shop and on snow when it pops. When it comes to buttering it isn’t super easy and borders on being somewhat challenging but doable. If you are used to buttering a camber board this will do well enough. It doesn’t have a rubbery feel to it and it feels like all the tech in the board is there to accentuate the personality of the wood core and how it’s been bent.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The camber profile with the Dynamo offers up a ride that appeals to a more technical, advanced to expert rider. The flex isn’t too aggressive or anything but when the tip/tail are pointing down into the snow with this C3 profile it has some consequence to it if you want to skid your turns if you get off your game. It’s a touch easier than camber but not enough to be forgiving. It’s pretty locked in. You don’t really feel the 3mm of taper and it’s not a really back foot heavy ride. It sits right on the border of All Mountain and Freeride
Edge Hold: The mellow mag seems to have good grip but it isn’t quite an icy snow specialist like the full mag boards from Lib Tech can be. It doesn’t grab that hard in soft snow though so that’s good.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge and it gets where you need it to go pretty quickly. It’s good for those that ride in tight spots.
Turning Experience/Carving: With all this camber there is good spring out of the turn and it’s very good for all but the serious rippers who want more torsional flex on a harder carve. Felt great to my average body though. There is a good, almost full on camber pop out of each turn and pretty strong grip to make harder turning and carving fun in most conditions you want to ride.
Powder: The Lib Tech Dynamo has a pretty decent set back on board. At a 22.75″ stance width all the way back on board you can get a difference between nose and tail of 4.75″ or 2.375″ back from the center of the board. That’s a good bit further back than the 1″ set back on sidecut. Then you have 3mm of taper that isn’t too much and a little longer nose with more surface area. The Achilles heel is all that camber makes it a little more work on the back leg when it comes to easy float. It’s good for full camber but behind many hybrid shapes out there with more early rise in the nose. This is very similar to the Gnu Antigravity in shape, camber profile, set back on board, taper and even stance width. When I rode that board in powder it took some work so this shouldn’t be too much different.
Speed: That somewhat light poppy flex doesn’t shit the bed on the mountain and I could pick up speed with the Lib Tech Dynamo without it feeling too chattery. I know a lot of people turn their noses up at bases like these but here is how I see it. If you wax all the time and know what wax to apply for every condition then yeah, turn your nose up at this base. If you don’t wax every couple of days then this base does great in most conditions people ride. It never has the lows that an improperly waxed or dry high-end base will have. It had good glide and although it’s not the fastest base I’ve tried It was never slow in any condition we rode from hard mid-winter snow to massively variable conditions in late spring.
Uneven Terrain: The Lib Tech Dynamo is the kind of ride I like if you are turning through bumps. It does that really well. Powering over bumpy or messy snow can be a little bit bucky but it wasn’t what I was expecting for such a poppy and semi-light board. Same goes for hard uneven snow like a frozen groomer with little micro bumps everywhere. Overall it’s a pretty good board for riding all-day on a weekend.
Switch: The Lib Tech Dynamo is not perfect but very doable. As far as a Freeride board goes it’s barely a Freeride board and is more like a pretty directional All-Mountain board and it can ride switch well enough.
Jumps: There is lot’s of pop and this is great for all that favor taking off and landing regular more than switch. It can land switch fine but there are better boards for that if you want to be centered on board and ride both ways.
Jibbing: Not ideal here but more doable than many freeride boards.
Pipe: I only had a few laps in a kind of messy uneven late spring pipe but you could see it’s potential. It really drives well from wall to wall and turns well. You have to stay on your game but if you do it really rewards you.
Overall, the Lib Tech Dynamo offers up a great all-around groomer ride. There are many better Freeride boards for powder and some All Mountain boards but everything else about this board is good poppy semi-directional fun.
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