|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||< 8, 8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is a fun board and it has a nice all mountain ride that works with a wide variety of riders looking for a one board solution. It’s mid/wideish waist worked really well for Peter and me with 8.5 and 9 boots and we had no problem riding in the trees or making quick turns. So it’s not just a mid-wide mid-wideish board that can ride in almost any condition with fewer issues than most.
The 2019 Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is the same as 2018 but we demo’d the 2019 model when I only had one day on the 2018 model from last years demo. Then I liked this board so much I bought the 2018 model and I’ve been riding it a good bit ever since.
Conditions: some powder and mixed conditions groomers with some hard snow and some decent snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs) Grant and Tim
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra, Burton SLX, Burton Almighty
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers Lite,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro, Burton Cartel, Salomon Hologram,
Set Up: 22.75-22.5” Centered 15 front -15 back and 12 front -12 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt like most snowboards. Not to heavy and not to light but weight varies from board to board with every board.
Flex: Feels mediumish for sure.
Sizing: The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker has a wider width underfoot that I’m normally comfortable with but for some reason my size 9’s. Peter felt the same way as I did and it felt like a proper fit for our boot size without being slow or cumbersome like some mid/wideish boards like this can be for our boot size. Jimbo (11) and Tim (11.5) had no problem with this board and didn’t notice much or any toe/heel drag on a carve. I think the 160 would of been a better fit for them but it’s still pretty good for their boot size.
On Snow Feel: It’s a little loose underfoot but that’s what hybrid rocker is all about. If it’s harder snow it will feel a little like it’s going to want to spin on you but when the snow is softer it’s a bit more playful. It’s got a playful feel to it that doesn’t feel like there is much confidence if you get off your game.
Edge Hold: The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker has excellent edge hold when out of the factory and it’s got the kind of grip that can hang in everything from super hard ice to soft thick powder. It’s going to be a touch grabby in softer thicker snow but for us, it wasn’t too bad and very tolerable. I’d personally rather have a little grab in soft snow over no grab in hard.
Turn Initiation: For a 25.7cm waist I was expecting the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker to be slow but it turned really quickly for my size 9 boots. Same for Peter with his 8.5’s so I don’t think it’s an issue for us smaller foot guys. The plus size is if you are a 10 ish boot it’s going to fit really well and not really have toe/heel drag in the steep stuff or on hard carves which sucks really bad. Overall it turns much quicker than you would think for its width.
Turning Experience: It’s a very fun board to turn and you can have a good time making short to wide radius turns.
Carving: Because of the more aggressive MTX side cut it really holds the board in the snow well so it can carve in conditions some boards can’t. However, the hybrid rocker techs XC2 Rocker in the middle does hurry the board up out of a hard carve and it’s not as satisfying as some boards that have C3 or boards from other brands with more camber. Overall it’s fun to carve but if you live to carve and want that rewarding spring out of the turn you might want to look for something else.
Skidded Turns: Super easy to skid turns and very good for that rider that wants something more on the forgiving side.
Speed: The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker can bomb rather well but it’s a little loose for that speed freak. It has to be on edge at all times to make it feel more predictable.
Uneven Terrain: We didn’t have any trouble in bumps or messy snow but would like to compare it to other favorite boards to see just how well it does but in the 2 days we rode this it did well enough to say it can handle all day crowded resort riding without falling apart on you when it gets messy.
Powder: So after a little geeking on the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker with a tape measure we found that set all the way back at a 22.5″ stance width the set back on board is about 3.5″ which is pretty good for most all mountain boards. That explained why it floated so easy when we had it. We weren’t all the way back so if we did set it all the way back it would be even better. This makes the Terrain Wrecker such a better one board quiver than rides like the TRS and other center stance twins in Mervin’s line. This will work really well for that person looking for a one board quiver ride. You can set this back and get some good directional float.
Buttering: Easy to butter and just the right kind of flex in the tip/tail for even riders like us. As the board softens up and breaks in the ride will be even easier.
Switch: Not perfect switch but pretty close. It rides well either way and it’s very doable for those that like to ride centered on groomers and take it switch. The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker feels like it’s a directional twin to twinish shape and with a little time, you can get to know this really well.
Jumps: Very good pop underfoot and from the tip/tail for ollies and it’s a good board to lap the kicker park with. Same great Mervin pop as most boards in the line.
Jibbing: I think as the board softens up the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker will do a good job jibbing but it’s not going to be a specialist here.
Pipe: We haven’t had any pipe time on this but it seems like it would be like the TRS but just a little wider. I’d probably like the TRS a little better because of the narrower waist but Jimbo and Tim would probably prefer this. Hoping to get more time on this board and compare it in the pipe to some of our other favorites.
So all in all Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is a very recommendable board for those that see hard snow but want to have a good time with directional powder riding when that does happen. It’s also a great all-rounder for those that can only afford one board and need it to do a lot of things.
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I got this board (154) in Dec 17 and I rode it about 30 days this past season. I threw some Union atlas bindings on it and I love this board. I rode it mostly in Vt, and did a trip to Vail. It is super surfy and floaty in the pow and I never bothered to set it back. Carving wise, it’s fast and super fun, but does wash out a bit (although that may be user error). It sticks well in the hard stuff, adding a lot of confidence in those cold Vt days. I’d also add that this board has a TON of pop. You get caught bombing and hit a little jump and you’re flying. Overall, this board is amazing and so much fun. It did stick a bit in April in the slush, but given everything else it does well I can’t complain. Can’t go wrong with this thing, especially at the price. Just don’t cramp my style and thrown the blue atlas bindings on it ;-)