|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
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Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca 2019 Review by The Good Ride
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. The board we tried at the demo was not ready for primetime but the production model that Grant and I got on was much much better. While it’s still one of the most aggressive hybrid rocker boards I’ve tried and not something for the average rider the overall experience is really good and of all the T.Rice boards this was my favorite to turn as well as to just ride. It turns easier/tighter than most of the super straight liner T.Rice boards in the line. If you are more like a size 10-11 boot this will be super fun but it’s the first time I felt like a T.Rice could work with my size 9’s. I think this will play out well for those athletic, aggressive riders that want a shorter fatter aggressive ride but with less consequence than you would think for its stiff flex compared to many camber dominant boards out there. It’s also a strong recommendation for those that see a lot of hard to Icy snow but want something more on that alternative freeride side of things.
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Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, 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 so take it with a grain of salt. Then I bought it, rode it a few more days, and then 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 and Union Falcors.
Set Up: 22.5” Centered 18 front -6 back, 22″ 18 front 0 back, 21.5″ 21 front 0 back.
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Love your site and reviews, very spot on in so many cases but I think you got on the wrong foit with the Orca. Spotted Rice ride in Japan on youtube in November, came to Zillertal the other week with our RV after a long Wepowder.com inspired mega dum forecast drive from Sweden. 3m if snow in one week in Austria. It was so deep and you had to ride the trees for the first part of it. My Nitro Mountain 160 was too small, my Jones Flagship 164 to big in the trees but luckulky they had the Orca in the shop. Albeit wit many other short fatty powder surfers but Orca stood out, no competition in the shop.
And, yes, it did deliver from the first turn. I even owned the Ride War Pig 154 last year, to try out the short and fatty trend but it was very bad, very akward in the trees. The Orca was a dream, very good float and very nimble and fast in the powder, like my old Salomon Sickstick.
Now in Livigno, Italy and after 9 days with powder and a couple of very loong carving runs I must say what an all rounder. So good also on the groomers. I have to toe orient my Cartel M binding on the rear foot but then it is a dream also in the piste. Shure, it is a charger but you can also keep the speed down with tight carves. And it is so good looking.
I have, inspired by this and your reviews also bought a Burton Skeleton Key 158 as the waiting for next dump - tool. Really nice also, and more relaxing and playfull in the slopes but not the same bite on the hard and not the same totally right feeling in the powder as what the Orca has.
Thank you for your good work, just became a patreon.