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Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca 2019 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Snowsurf
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 10-12
Manufactured in USA by Mervin
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Heavy
Powder Great
Turning Experience Great
Carving Good
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Average
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Slow

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Icy Snow

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 shorter 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 T.Rice boards but those are straightliners so overall it still isn’t a super tight/quick turner compared to most. If you are more like a size 11ish boot this will be super fun and easier to turn than it was for me with my size 9’s. I think this will play out well for those athletic, aggressive riders that want a shorter fatter straightliner with less consequence than you would think for its stiff flex compared to many camber dominant boards out there. It’s also a great short/fat/aggressive choice for those that see a lot of hard to Icy snow.

Size: 153
Days: 3
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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