|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||10-12|
|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 Orca 2021 - 2019 Review by The Good Ride
Lib Tech Orca 2021 Snowboard Review Video Review Markers
Summary 0:05, Sizing 1:42, Camber 2:54, Flex 4:07, Speed 4:45, Uneven Terrain 5:31, Edge Hold 6:12, Turning/Carving 6:59, Powder 8:50
Swipe Right: Excellent Grip. Turns easy for a T.Rice board. Excellent Ollie Power.
Swipe Left: Grabs a bit much in soft to wet snow. Loose between the feet one footing and flat basing.
I guess we are technically the same species as Travis Rice but his boards never made us feel like we were. The main thing is his boards don’t like to turn. However, this somewhat short/wide, tapered directional, easy turning, semi-buttery, slashy, forgiving board works really well for us. In fact, I’ve owned a 153 in the past and now own a 150. This still has that aggressive straight line kind of Travis personality to it but for the first time it also works with us mellow riding mortals.
The 2019-2021 hasn’t changed but we get to know it better each year and try different sizes so we updated it.
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Lib Tech Orca 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We had some demo laps, owned a 153, and now own a 150
Size: 150 and 153
Conditions: Everything from really hard snow, to good snow to a few laps in some deep (approx 2′ of powder)
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Bent Metal Axtion
Set-Up: 21.5”-22.5” Wide. 21 front -6 back, 21 front -3 back, 21 front 0 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
Similar Boards (but not the same): Gnu Gremlin; Never Summer Harpoon; Lib-Tech Quiver Killer, Yes Y, Yes Hybrid, Endeavor Scout, Prior Legacy, Jones Hovercraft, Burton Kilroy Pow, Korua Dart, Korua Pencil, Korua Café Racer,
The Lib Tech Orca feels pretty normal for its overall surface area.
We all matched up well the the 150 Lib Tech Orca but it was best for Peter and I. The 153 we rode and owned before worked well too but that was better for Jimbo and his size 11 US boots.
Boot Sizing Break Down
150 : 8-11
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
We are not that into the loose feel underfoot when one footing or flat basing in harder conditions. The Orca does skids turns easy and once that edge is set, it grips like a champ. While we have had more pleasure carving with lots of C3 camber boards like the Rocket, this does really well for a C2 board. Even though its edges can be grabby in soft to wet snow it has a very set back easy floating ride in powder that’s way better than any other T.Rice model.
So the surprise here is the 150 can butter really well. So could the 153. This Lib Tech Orca is stiff but the rocker in the middle seemed to make it all much easier to butter than you would think. It also pops hard and has lots of energy underfoot. It had really easily accessible Ollie power and had great pop from the center or tail of the board.
The base on the Lib Tech Orca isn’t going to win the glide award on a long traverse but it doesn’t suck. It is a great base for those that don’t like to wax all the time. The overall construction is damp and if you set the edge a little when pointing it the Lib Tech Orca can point it.
It doesn’t have that bucky bouncy feel that many shorter/wider boards have in uneven terrain which is pretty cool.
The massively disrupted sidecut with the Lib Tech Orca grabs hard in hard to icy snow but does a little too much in soft to wet snow. If you tell us that you ride in hard to icy conditions like the East Coast US then we say get this.
The 150 Lib Tech Orca had that quick easy turn initiation that I really liked. So did Peter and Jimbo. The 153 felt a little slow for my size 9 boots and rode a lot bigger than a 153 when it came to turning. Even with that much deeper sidecut it was slow. The 150, however was just about right. I’d rather have a board err on being too quick than too slow as I like turny rides.
Hybrid rocker boards like the Lib Tech Orca aren’t usually ideal for laying into a hard carving turn because the rocker in the middle hurries you up through the turn. This does have some of that hurry up, but does a very good job laying out a hard turn.
I only had one powder day on this. There was about 2 feet and my friend let me take a few runs on his. The Orca floats really well. It should with the decent amount of taper, rocker in the middle pointing the nose up and a setback on board of 4.125″ back from center of board with a 21.6″ stance width set all the way back. Even though the tip/tail don’t come all the way back to the snow after the camber there seems to be a little early rise in the nose.
What we liked about the Lib Tech Orca is that even though it is pretty far back towards the tail, there is still enough there to feel comfortable launching it. There is some tail there for awkward landings and it approaches a jump well.
The Lib Tech Orca is especially great for those that see hard to icy snow often but want to be ready for the deep days.The only drawback is…It’s so popular you might find yourself skating up to an Orca Pod in the lift line and feel like you haven’t made an original choice.
Lib Tech Orca Past Reviews
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca continues on from the Climax and Gold Member and goes shorter, fatter, more set back, more directional in shape, has a deeper sidecut and a decent amount of taper. It’s one of the first Travis Rice boards that we felt we had a connection to and it is a great choice for those that want an alternative to freeride shape that can hold an edge in just about anything but also be a fun board to bomb and carve with. Especially for a hybrid rocker shape.
The 2020 Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca is the same as the 2019 model but the review has been expanded and updated for 2020.
How This Review Happened: We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day so take it with a grain of salt. Then I bought it, rode it a few more days, and gave it to a friend.
Conditions: Firm to hard CO snow, Firm PNW snow and bumpy groomer snow and pretty clean well-groomed med/soft snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),Grant (size 10.5, 165lbs 6′) Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV for all
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Bent Metal Transfers, Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor,
Set-Up: 21.5″ to 22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. 21 front 0 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
Similar Boards (but not the same) That We Compared This To:
Burton Skeleton Key, Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Korua Dart, Korua Pencil, United Shapes Orbit, Yes Optimistic, Rome Pow Division MT, Salomon Sick Stick and a few more.
Approximate Weight: You can feel a little weight to this for a 153 but for the surface area it’s about on par with being a middle ground weight.
Sizing: I felt like the 153 might be a little bit much for me to handle but as long as I wasn’t in tight spots it works. Weight wise the 153 was fine but boot wise the 153 felt a little slow. Now that there is a 150 option that would have been the one I would have liked to try. Still, the 153 felt like it was the closest a T.Rice board ever came to fitting my specs as it usually makes a better experience for those with more of a mid/wide boot size. If you are more like a size 10-11 boot the Lib Tech T.Rice Orca will be a great fit but it can work with a little bigger boot size and it’s still very doable with a little smaller boot size like mine.
Flex/Buttering: I could butter off the tail a bit but it’s not the easy buttery feel you get from a lot of hybrid rocker boards like this but there is lots of potential energy underfoot pop wise if you have the strength to make it do so. It feels like there is some stiff wood underfoot and it pops well off the tail with good effort.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: While the Lib Tech T.Rice Orca still one of the most aggressive hybrid rocker boards I’ve tried and it has a little more consequence than most hybrid rocker boards if you get off your game and need to skid a turn but less than most of its hybrid camber peers. I think this will play out well for those that want a shorter fatter aggressive ride but with less consequence than you would think for its stiff flex/the way it rides. The hybrid rocker profile with not much going on in the front half but then going to a pretty short, curvy camber in the back foot makes for a somewhat stable ride in harder snow that can feel a little loose one footing off a chair or flat basing on a cat track but overall it’s more stable than most hybrid rocker boards. When the snow is softer it feels close to some hybrid camber boards but not quite there. It has that T.Rice let’s go straight personality but it isn’t as overboard as some of his other rides.
Edge Hold: Super strong grip that is great for those that often see hard to icy snow. Some might complain about it being overly grabby in softer conditions like a foot of thick wet powder but it’s not a deal-breaker for all. Some get used to it and some don’t.
Turn Initiation: It isn’t a quick turner but it turns easier/tighter than most of the super straight liner T.Rice boards in the line we tried… and we tried them all.
Turning Experience/Carving: The Lib Tech T.Rice Orca carves pretty hard and while it isn’t a super carver compared to some boards we compared it to above it is the one I want to take out when its hard to icy and I still want to have strong carvy turns. Like a lot of T. Rice boards, it’s more of an across the groomer carver turner but I felt like I could force this into a circle carve easier than most T.Rice boards. So it really likes more of a longer S-Turn over tighter turns it’s a fun board to turn and it has good spring throughout. There isn’t much of a washy feel off the back foot but it does still like a little more
Powder: At a 21.75″ stance width when set all the way back it has a difference between nose and tail of 8.25″ and a 4.125″ set back from the center of the board. That is a lot of directional float and even more than the already generous 2.5″ setback on sidecut would lead you to believe. Combine that with 10mm of taper, a big ass nose with a very mellow camber under the front foot that rises up before and a small tail you have a very floaty small ride. The grab in thicker powder might turn some people off but it’s not like the old full mag days.
Speed: This can bomb for having rocker in the middle. It’s very damp too and the base has good upper tier but not the best glide.
Uneven Terrain: Going through bumps is not particularly easy for my size 9’s on this ride but it’s the best it’s ever been with a T. Rice board. I could actually weave through bumps with a bit of work. It can power over things.
So overall the Lib Tech T.Rice Orca does a lot more to appeal to more average riders and it’s a great call for those that want an alternative freeride/shorter somewhat fatter hard snow specialist that can still
This is the review of the board we tried at the demo was not ready for primetime. The edges weren’t properly de-tuned and it did not feel right. However, the production model that Grant and I got on was much much better.
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Get it. It’s VERY FUN
All the hype. Man, all these foos out there questioning the hype...it is THAT FUN. Carves really good, floated great in powder, and a good time on groomed runs. Not as stable as my Capita Mercury at high speeds but lol, THATS A DIFFERENT STYLE BOARD. Any bit of Rocker in the middle is always scary smashing but this is still a bit stable with the C2x. This board does what it’s designed to do. Carve, float, and pop. And actually rides switch really well. Get one. But eff full price. Way overpriced, on sale or new or just go YOLO and get one. It’s worth it. Don’t be bummed when you try to bust it out on a very mediocre day and it doesn’t perform miracles. I’ll always have an orca after this. By the way, Andre Nickatina is the owner of all things Killa Whale so if you a Nickatina fan, GET THIS BOARD. (Pisces...well in a Virgo but I’d rather be a killa whale) And wayyyy more fun than the Jamie Lynn short wide for resorts. The Jamie Lynn is for POWDER. And it shreds in powder but if you want an all mountain powder shredding nimble lib tech USA made tripped out eat mushrooms vibe brand snowboard, this with serve you more as an err thing board. I could have went smaller, but 150 was perfect. If I was gonna drop out of a heli, which will never happen, I’d also bet the 153.
Just picked up a 2021 Orca ,size 150. Almost went for the 153 but glad I went for the 150. I am 150lbs with size 10.5 boots and this size works great for me. Like others say these ride big, and I prefer having a little more agility in tree etc. The first day I rode it I was lucky to get in some powder, about 10-12 " in spots. The float is amazing on this thing! I barely had to lean back at all, even with the front binding mounted all the way towards the front insert holes. Never got back leg burn even in flatter tight trees etc . One thing I was really surprised about was how much pop it has ,this thing boosts when you want it to! Maybe partially from the stiffer HP construction for this year. Very stable feeling in all kinds of terrain, though it can feel a little loose on hard snow unless its on edge, but not as bad as most other rocker hybrids I've rode. And that little bit of rocker is what makes it so maneuverable in powder and edge to edge response so good in general for being so wide. Also because of the width you can really rail carves on groomers ,you can pretty much euro carve with it ,though it does feel like it wants to do tighter turns because of that deep side cut. I can see why there is so much hype behind it, this board rips just about everything! Never had so much fun going wherever I want in the powder and not worry about getting stuck and getting the dreaded back leg burn , and having snap and response on piste as well . This board is worth the every penny! Don't think about it just get it if you are on the fence ,you will be glad you did :)
Change up your stance to fix onefoot/ flatbasing
bought a 153 as a JaPow board, but then, you know, Covid, so rode it ~10 days in Australia this season. Pro tip for Aussie style hardpack (ice in the morn to packed slush/ shaved ice in the arvo) is to leave your back foot centred on the inserts but set your front foot all the way to the front inserts. changes it's personality massively on hardpack. fixes the issues when one-footing/ flatbasing as well as sharpens up the carving to a more even weighted turning experience.
in terms of a review, it takes all the things I love about my Warpig and figured out a way to dial out all the negatives to make it way more poppy off the tail and a better turning experience. If you're tossing up a warpig or this, take this unless you spend most of your time in park or ride switch more than 30% of the time.
Orca 4 life
Bought a ORCA 156 before my trip to whistler this year (2020)
Didn’t thought i has going to like to way i did... until the first the of fresh 30cm powder and i fell in love with this thing!!! Really stable, good pop and for me it feels light!!! Good on icy conditions and also for carving in grooms... just get to know ur size and go for it!
All mountain powerhouse
Picked this board up on a deal (£385)a couple of days before leaving for 10 days in France/Italy,also took; yes optimistic/rossignol Xv / and never summer funslinger.didnt think I was going to like the orca and so didn’t rig it untill halfway through the holiday but boy so glad I did! I rode it with burton step-on bindings and photon boots and what a fantastic combination! I had the 153 and thought this would be too small for my weight/height but I was wrong this thing has outrageous glide/speed/float for its size and I was constantly leaving the other guys in my group behind including those on flagships!
(prepare my own boards and have always used Hertels racing 739 wax which is incredibly fast and long lasting) this thing is a one board quiver,it’s not as stiff as they rate it and fast carving on the piste is a delight,and I’ve never rode a board in powder as light/responsive and nimble as this! This thing is a keeper and I’ve just bought the 156 To go with it! Just buy it !!
A 153cm board and 6'0x 235 lb are not sposed to go.........
im VERY happy to say here ,they do!.
quite amazed really.
edge hold on super long slick packed pow groomers was SUPERB, on ice it was relatively superb (realtively, bec. there is no good ice!)
Didn't get the deep fluffy stuff like the godly pillow stack but got a cpl of days old calf deep on 30* ish sidecountry and it was excellent.
no digging, it handled my size no probs at all, super quick turns that didn't flap about , cud hit the front foot down and it charged had a few , HELL of a good runs, really really very impressed as I wasn't expecting what I got.
slashing pow banks- absolutely -superb.nose is a bit wide but the tail releases and the surf carve is great .
tight trees with pow stashes- superb
crud- superb, smashed thru it, little chatter in the nose but a lot less than my other boards
bottom mountain slush- simply the best.
jump turns on steep crud. -very good , board weight is perfect for this BUT the wider nose does come into play a bit compared to slightly slimmer nose boards but not enough to worry about.
THE most impressive aspect of this was how it handled the long groomers on edge.. truth be told I had little faith in it a 153 and as I was pretty much the only one out that afternoon I put it as far as I cud go across the hill .
Toe side its just sensational, heel side that nose does come into play a bit more but not enough for me to can it.
I did want for slightly longer and the 156 im sure wud be better suited but then again it wud come at the price of nimbleness which is what I want this board for NOT for big carving, as I have others for that.
IF your a heavier guy and want a super stable , nimble stick to poke around the resort stealing stashes and laying decent grooves on the piste, dodging trees on the side and going warp thru powder fields between cats .THIS is a board that you must consider, I didn't have ANY belief how good it went , its got super nice torque so u can do wiggle turns with ease. and equally trench carve the piste, im trying to find a weakness in it and im sorry icant.
as an all rounder this is now my fave board, its super light , its nimble ,its wide enough to handle decent pow stashes and u can carve it.
I dunno what else you can ask for , this is my all rounder. its a quiver killer.
Bought it for trees, can't stop riding it everywhere else
Been riding the top of Mammoth with the Jones Mountain Twin and Flagship for the last few years, and love them both - especially the Flagship 162w. It really excels in the steep and deep, but I find if i'm riding in the low angle trees on stormy days it is too long and cumbersome. I wanted a smaller board that could whip through the trees, fit my size 11 boots and also stomp a landing. Enter the Orca. This thing came alive in powder the first time I rode it. I bought it as a quiver board, but honestly I find myself grabbing it even on normal days. Chutes, sidehits, drops, steeps, layed out carves -- this does it all! 10/10
I'm very impressed
First off, I *used* to be a park rat. I rode park consistently from 2010-2017. With that being said my entire snowboarding journey I've only owned park boards. The older I got the more I started to ride groomers, trees, powder, steep runs, pretty much anything except park. (I'm only 22). I knew this board would be really different and I didn't know what to expect.
Well.. I'm stoked I made the purchase. I normally ride a 154 and went with the 153. I didn't care about the whole "size down" B.S.! The first time I went out it was icy and cold. The 2020 Orca dug right into the ice and made the most crisp turns I have ever experienced on ice. It blew my mind. Handled that late afternoon slush better than any other board I've had and also killed it in the little bit of powder we had. Oh and this thing is super easy to catch air on when you want to. Overall this board can do almost everything you want to do.
THE ONLY reason I give it a 4/5 is because the price tag and the fact that it's not truly for the entire mountain. It's not really designed for rails. It is fine on boxes and jumps, but I wouldn't do park laps with this thing. Maybe one lap or two a day. BUT I didn't buy it to be a park board.
Just buy it
A bit overrated
Ok, so it's not horrible by any means, but if you're expecting the heavens to open up with sirens coming from the sunrise, you're wasting your time.
It's ok, carves relatively well, does better than most in powder....but hey, so do many other shorter fatter boards out there.
Did Travis say it was great... yup....but Travis can ride a toaster down the mountain faster than most can ride their actual boards.
If you can't find it on sale....just wait, because this is a bit overpriced nonsense - and this is coming from a lib fan boy.
Not Only Hype
Where to start?
Well obviously a lot of hype but finally managed to take this baby out.
For long time I was on the cuspid of choosing the 153 or 150 version, I was afraid that the 153 was going to to much to handle for my 70kg.
In the end, base on my riding style I went for the 153 and man if it was the right choice. I usually ride twin boards 155/156.
Let's start with the cons, as there are none. Well it's not a easy board so you will need leg strength to pilot the predator.
My riding style is POW, carving and boosting down piste.
I was able to try the board on each of these terrains and man it's been the best board ever. Stable as a train on track and floats with no effort at all. Amazing how you get to the end of the day with way more less fatigue. I binded the board with some union atlas.
I tried initially with a set back stance (aligned with second hole of the board) result was even more float but a bit slow in turning as there was some lag from nose to tail. Aligned the bindings to the first hole and I definitely think it's be setup for all mountain.
Rips ice like a bulldozer, and weirdley in anyway feels large. Freestyle is not definitely the thing. But it has good pop and closing those 180 360 I didn't feel any difference from my old twin board (the hybrid profile really gives you a lot of margin correction)
My 95kg mate (that rides usually a custom 163cm) tried it out and he was not believing how could a 10 cm shorter board be such a bomb.
Couldn't be happier. Best board ever tried