Positives

  • Very Forgiving
  • Versatile One Board Quiver
  • Excellent Grip

Negatives

  • Can Feel Loose/Auto Spinny
  • Base is slow for this price

Summary

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Still has the same playful, forgiving ride underfoot but with a new nose and tail. Some don't like the loose auto-spinny feel, and it has a slow base, but it has excellent grip and is a very versatile one-board quiver.

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Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) < 8, 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in USA by Mervin
Shape Directional Twin
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Average
Base Glide Good
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Good
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

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Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Review- A Breakdown of How it rides and who it is for Review by The Good Ride

Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Written Review

Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Review - The Good Ride

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews, which is our unfiltered opinion. 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 rider’s perspective.

How This Review Happened:

I had a few laps at a demo but rode this extensively in the past, and all that changed was the nose/tail shape.
Days: 1
Conditions: Some firm but mostly fun snow with some micro bumpy spots.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs
Boots: Vans Verse
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Jones Mtn Surf Anorak,
Pant: Jones Mountain Surf Bib
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt

Similar Boards (but not the same): Korua Otto, K2 Manifest, Jones Frontier, Ride Algorythm, Ride Shadowban, Salomon Highpath, Yes Standard Uninc, Yes Basic Uninc, Cardiff Lynx, Lib Tech Dynamo, Gnu Antigravity

James’s Set Up: 21.5” Wide. Stance Angles +15/-15, Close to Reference

How It Was Tested

I just took a few laps at the demo, but I have owned this board for the last few years, so I didn’t need much time on it.

Approximate Weight

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker feels pretty normal, bordering on light, but far from ultra-light. (We don’t put in the exact weight because, with wood cores, there is no consistency in a boards weight)

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Sizing

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker was a little wide for my size 9’s, but it’s so easy to turn, and it didn’t matter. The 157 felt just right for me.

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker. You can, of course, go bigger or smaller depending on your riding style and boot’s footprint, but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
152: 8-9
154: 8.5-9.5
157: 9.5-10.5
160: 10-11
156w: 11-12
161w: 11.5-12.5

Lib Tech isn’t bad for weight, and they don’t really have a max—within reason.

Shape

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is a true twin or almost one on the sidecut but has a different nose/tail shape. It is centered on the sidecut and feels very centered.

Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker seems to have the same C2x profile as before, but the one I had at the demo felt a little more stable than past models, but wood bends/cures differently from board to board. I liked the more stable feel of this demo and hope this is where it’s going moving forward, but it still has some of that loose/auto-spiny feel underfoot in the firm to icy snow.

Flex Personality

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is medium in flex in the shop, but the bend in the middle of the board makes it flex like it’s medium/soft on snow.

It’s very easy to butter within the nose and tail.

You can pop this on an ollie pretty easily as well. It can take a center-weighted, back-foot-weighted, and front-foot-weighted ollie, but it doesn’t pop as well as full camber. Still It’s pretty poppy.

Uneven Terrain

While the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker’s camber profile makes for a little extra chatter but it doesn’t fall apart in uneven snow. It can ride hard to soft, uneven snow well as long as you don’t go at it too hard.

Edge Hold

The Full MTX really grips well in hard snow, even though it does feel loose when flat basing. This is great for those who see hard snow.

Speed

The sidecut is balanced and can go straight but the camber profile doesn’t give it that stability for a serious straight line. If you are slightly on edge the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker will do well enough to get up enough speed for a long traverse.

Base Glide

No high highs when it comes to base glide, but no low lows if you don’t wax it.

Turning Experience/Carving

The turn initiation Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is faster than I thought. It is almost on the mid-wide side, and I could turn this 157 quickly with my size 9 boots. It felt medium fast for me, but if you were a 10 or 10.5 on the 157, it would feel fast.

When I got it on edge, the turning experience was on the turny side of balanced even though it’s got a more middle-ground side cut. I think that is because of the rocker between the feet.

The carving experience is good for hybrid-ocker but the rocker in the middle hurries you up through the turn if you center weight the carve. You have to either front foot or back foot your carves if you want this to hold a little more and pop you out of the turn.

Powder

There is a 1.75″ setback on board vs. the centered stance on sidecut with a 22.5″ stance width. You combine the larger surface area in the nose vs. tail and the rocker this should float just about as well or slightly better than the older model. I got that in a lot of powder, and it did very well for how centered this is. It got a touch surfy.

Switch/Pipe/Jumps

Very doable switch. It was almost like a true twin. I don’t mind this in pipe either. You can jib with this and hit small to medium jumps no problem.

Conclusion

So overall, the Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker feels very similar to the old one but just has a slight tweak to the nose and tail shape. It might have a slightly lower camber profile but hard to say for sure with the way wood bends/cures. If you want a forgiving ride for hard snow with good float in powder this could work.

 
Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Past Reviews

2018-2023 Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Snowboard Review

The 2020 Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker seems to have changed the camber profile from C2x to C2. It’s a subtle change as those two profiles are close to one another. In general, the C2 has a little bit more stable ride, but overall, it’s pretty close. Everything else is the same, though, but I’ll be expanding on this review more when the snow starts to fall. In the meantime, here is the on-the-table review so you can see the subtle difference between our old Terrain Wrecker and our new one. If there was one small complaint about the old one, is, we would like a little more stability, so this is a nice subtle tweak to the ride.

Update 2023: The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker hasn’t changed much since I/we initially reviewed it, so this is still relevant. 

Ethics Statement: The manufacturer doesn’t pay us 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 rider’s perspective.

Size: 157

Days: 15+
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 AtlasUnion Superpro, Burton Cartel, Salomon HologramUnion Strata
Set-Up
: 22-22.75” Centered 15 front -15 back and 12 front -12 back. Set all the way back 18 front 6 back.

Approximate Weight: It felt like most snowboards.  It’s not too heavy or light, but the weight varies from board to board with every board.

Flex: Feels medium-ish for sure.

Sizing

The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker has a wider width underfoot that I’m normally comfortable with, but for some reason, it’s 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. 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 have 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 a 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, 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 tech 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

It is super easy to skid turns and very good for that rider who 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 did 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 difference between nose and tail is about 3.5″ with a set back on board of about 1.75″ which is pretty good in comparison to most all-mountain boards. That explained why it floated so easily 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

It’s not a perfect switch, but it’s pretty close.  It rides well either way, and it’s very doable for those who 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 who 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 who can only afford one board and need it to do a lot of things.

 
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Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker User Reviews

Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker 2018-2025 Snowbard Review SKU UPC Model

Terrain wreckers

Oct 22, 2020 by Peter
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: European • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 180cm, 68kg, 42eur 

I've got the 2017 (160cm) model for about 2 years now. Bought it after we encountered an insane amount of ice in Italy. I'm using it mostly on groomed runs across in France and Italy. Also took it with me to Whistler and after tweaking with the stance a bit, got it working in powder as well. Paired it with Union pow bindings and it looks amazing and works great. Truly a quiver killer!


Now we're talking

Dec 25, 2019 by Deaner
Ability Level: Who knows.... • 
Riding Style: AM • 
Days You Ride A Year: 50+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): Too shy... 

Yeah, this is good.

Flexes, pops, cracks and carves. I'd buy it again.

I have the 2018/19 model with c2x. Bang on board for my style.

I'm 190lbs, 11 boots and on a 160. It's great in everything from hardback to 1ft + fresh powder.

Highly recommended!


Lib tech terrain wrecker

May 20, 2018 by JOSH
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Go fast, get air • 
Days You Ride A Year: 40ish • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5’7”-165lbs- size 8.5 boot 

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 ;-)


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