List Price US $699
Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper 2021 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style Alternative Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in USA by Mervin
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Traditional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Great
Turning Experience Excellent
Carving Excellent
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Poor
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium/Slow

Skidded Turns

Hard

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Semi-Hard

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper 2021 Review by The Good Ride

Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper Review 2021 Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers

0:00 – Intro, 0:17 – Conditions, Bindings & Boots Used, 0:42 – Summary, 0:56 – Sizing, 1:18 – Camber, 1:48 – Flex, 2:31- Speed, 3:21 – Uneven Terrain, 4:04 – Edge Hold, 4:39 – Turning/Carving, 5:25 – Powder, 5:42 – Conclusion, 6:09 – Outtake..lift me up!

Swipe Right: Big, Fast & Powerful Swallow Tail Carver
Swipe Left: Full Camber and not an easy ride in uneven snow.

Summary

The Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper carves really hard for a swallow tail and has very groomer friendly personality with all that camber. It is more than just a powder board. It just isn’t a mellow mood or a board you want to turn in messy uneven snow with.

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Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

Lib-Tech Lost Retro Ripper Snowboard Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened: We had a few laps at a demo.
Size: 166
Days: 1
Conditions: Great morning groomers with only a few small hard patches.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Jimbo,  Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Bent Metal Axion

Similar Boards (but not the same):
Korua Pencil, Korua Café Racer, Weston Japow, Rossignol XV, Jones Lone Wolf

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 21 front +3 back.

Approximate Weight

Its a big board but not too heavy for its size.

Sizing

166 -8-11ish US Boots

The Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper is pretty wide in the nose and waist but still isn’t that narrow in the tail so it can fit a bigger rider. I would’t go much past a US 11 so you can carve really really hard without booting out. You can go above 11 but best to keep it with reduced footprint boots after size 11. It can easily fit larger boots but it seems like this board should be ridden a little wider than you normally would so you can really lay it over.

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

There is a really locked in feel with the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper and its not a chill ride. The full camber and wider width makes this 166 not feel like many easy riding Swallow Tails we have been on the last few years. This isn’t an easy board to skid turns with or play about. You really feel that full camber driving the nose/tail into the snow and it is an old school powerful ride.

Flex/Pop/Buttering

Not easy to butter with the medium/stiff flex of the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper but you don’t get this board for that kind of riding. It takes some work to make it Ollie as well.

Speed

The Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper is such a bomber. Peter loves to point it and this board really called to him. If the base had a little more glide it would be perfect.

Uneven Terrain

So the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper can power over just about any kind of micro bumpy snow and keep those vibrations from getting up into your joints. However, we would all want to put it away when conditions get tracked up and messy just because it is so big and not easy to manage and throw around if you have to get through bigger bumps to find some good snow. Powering over a traverse line or some areas with more tracked up powder would be easy though.

Edge Hold

Pretty solid grip for having almost no disruption in the sidecut. The Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper is not like most Lib boards.

Turn Initiation

Slow for Peter and I but medium/slow for Jimbo. It is a long, wide ride and not for slaloming through tight tree lines. Taking the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper down a big open face is what we would like to do.

Turning Experience/Carving

Such a powerful carver. I personally haven’t had this much fun carving on a swallow tail in a long time. It feels like the more speed you give the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper the more it rewards you in a turn. It really powers through turns in such a satisfying way. The wider and longer the run the better.

Powder

We had no powder but you can tell this will float really well even though it’s full camber. The big nose, pretty wide width and 15mm of taper leading into that pretty large swallow tail should float really well. It seems pretty set back on board too.

Conclusion

So the Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper isn’t going to be for everyone but people like Peter would love to own this for perfect morning groomers and bombing down a wide open face on a powder day.

 
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