|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Lib Tech MC Wayfinder 2020 - 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech MC Wayfinder is a super loose but fun and playful surf shape for those that love a small quick powder ride. It’s not a real powerhouse carver but it’s pretty fun for a slashy kind of style on groomers if you keep a lot of weight on the back foot.
The 2020 Lib Tech MC Wayfinder is pretty much the same ride as the 2019 so the video review still stands. The written review has been expanded and updated to reflect what’s happening in 2020.
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 had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: firm to hard CO snow
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV for all three
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Bent Metal Transfer
Set-Up: 22.5” wide of reference stance, 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal for a board of this surface area.
Sizing: This is a board that can work with some lighter mid/wide riders like Jimbo but it felt like it was best for those more on the 8-10 size spectrum so you can get more easy float.
Flex/Buttering: If you flex this in the shop you would think it’s medium to medium-stiff but it feels much more buttery on snow and it has that typical snappy poppy Mervin kind of flex going for it.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: So this is the Anti-Orca and the feel just screams loose, playful and mellow. The rocker between the feet going to a mellow elliptical camber makes for a very loose and playful hybrid rocker ride. It feels pretty loose almost like continuous rocker on hard snow and then feels somewhat stable in softer snow. It always likes to be on edge when one footing off the chair or going down a long flat area. When you flat base it wants to spin instead of track straight. It’s very forgiving though and has a very loose/surfy ride to it that can work with just about any level of rider.
Edge Hold: There is some mellow mag that grips well in hard snow but it isn’t an icy snow specialist.
Turn Initiation: Really quick edge to edge for the width. Maybe it’s because the rocker gets you quickly into the sidecut and the turn goes quickly.
Turning Experience/Carving: That sidecut makes you want to turn quickly and tightly and it likes to slash. However, the rocker between the feet with not much camber after hurries you up through the turn. If you want to carve hard you can but it’s just not as satisfying as many other boards in their line with more camber.
Powder: We haven’t had this in powder but looking at all that setback on sidecut, over 2cm of taper, all that rocker and all that surface area it seems like it would be a great choice for those that want a surfy quick tree cheetah.
Speed: Not a speedster by any means and it feels too loose to really bomb with any comfort.
Uneven Terrain: So weaving in and out of bumps is super quick and it does a great job there. However, the Lib Tech MC Wayfinder just doesn’t hammer over stuff well. It bucks and chatters as much or more than most shorter/wider small poppy boards like this do. So if you are ok with a little chatter underfoot in hard micro bumps and you like to quickly turn through messy snow and bumps instead of power over it you will be fine.
So, all in all, the Lib Tech MC Wayfinder would be a fun board for those that ride a lot in storms and see a lot of tree runs but also like to slash around on groomers. It had a very unique, loose, slashy feel underfoot that could make some incredibly stoked but others who aren’t into the super loose feel will be wanting a different ride.
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