|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Lib Tech T Ras 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech T Ras takes the T.Rice Pointy and puts it into another size. It’s a very aggressive hybrid rocker board for those that like to point it and get big air but still want something a little more forgiving than traditional or mostly camber rides.
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How This Review Happened: We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: Pretty hard CO snow with a little smearing of softer snow on top.
Riders: Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs), Stephen, (Size 12.5, 6’4″ 215lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Response
Bindings: Flux SR
Similar Boards (but not the same) That We Compared This To:
Lib Tech T.Rice 157.5 Blunt and 161.5 Pointy
Set-Up: 23” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered.
Approximate Weight: Feels medium to a touch on the heavier side.
Sizing: A very good fit for Zobel at size 11 and an ok fit for Stephen but not ideal if you want to carve hard with 12.5 boots. It can handle a heavier rider without it changing the personality too much of the board. a 10-11 ish size boot works well with this board.
Flex/Buttering: Not a very easy board to butter for hybrid rocker. Most hybrid rocker boards like these are pretty easy but this takes a little more work.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: Aggressive hybrid rocker is the theme here with the Lib Tech T Ras. It’s way more forgiving than it would be if this was C3 and you can skid turns somewhat easy but it’s more challenging to do so in comparison to most hybrid rocker boards we tried. In softer snow, it has a pretty stable feel because it’s not a really aggressive bend in the middle where the rocker is so the tip/tail generally don’t sit too high off the snow. Wood bends differently from board to board but overall the T Ras, like the T Rice, will generally sit a little lower to the snow.
Edge Hold: Pretty loose underfoot but it sure does grip in super hard in icy snow.
Turn Initiation: Pretty slow even for Zobel and Stephen. This is the kind of board that likes to go straight like Travis and Chris do. It’s not for quick turning and it takes some strength and responsive boots/bindings to make it do so.
Turning Experience/Carving: This carves really hard for hybrid rocker and although it’s not a super camber C3 Carver with tons of spring out of the turn it does hold an edge well and make for a pretty rewarding carver. Overall it’s a fun board to turn across the groomers but it likes going straight and fast better.
Powder: Not bad for a twin. Better than a camber twin, about average for most hybrid rockers. Good for those that don’t set it back in powder and like to ride switch as much as they ride regular.
Speed: Super damp and it bombs hard for the tip/tail being off the snow. The base has good glide to it that isn’t exceptional but on the better side of the spectrum. Even though it’s somewhat semi-stable in most conditions the board likes to go straight.
Uneven Terrain: Not a quick turner in the bumps but good powering over em.
Switch: Practically perfect both ways.
Jumps: The Lib Tech T.Ras can approach a jump with just about any speed you can give it and it’s great for going big. It was somewhat annoyed with us going so small but it’s not too cranky or unforgiving when you do.
Jibbing: Not ideal. Pretty stiff.
Pipe: For those that go big in the pipe this could work.
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