|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP 2019 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP is a pretty aggressive mountain freestyle ride for the hybrid rocker camber profile it has. It’s mostly for mid/wide riders that want a twin that likes to go straight more than turn and grip well in hard snow. This board didn’t suit our riding style but that’s not to say it couldn’t work for you. For 2019 on we are going to let the other Travis Rice Pro reviews drift into the archives and just keep adding to this one. This is an older review but the board hasn’t changed so the old review still stands. I just updated the review to reflect how we see it these days.
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Conditions: Hard CO snow with some medium areas.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB,
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Burton Genesis
Set Up: 23” Centered 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels like it’s on the lighter side of normal.
Flex/Buttering: It takes a little work for a hybrid rocker board but it can butter well enough.
Sizing: For Peter and I we felt the 155 was too much board for our size 8.5 to 9 boots and the only board we felt good with is the 153 we tried in the non-HP model. It just got worse for us every size we went up from there and the turning just got slower and slower edge to edge. Even though it wasn’t really Jimbo’s type of ride it worked a bit better at 155 for his size 11’s. The 157 would be better.
On Snow Feel: It’s pretty aggressive for hybrid rocker even though it has that loose auto spin feel underfoot when one footing or flat basing. It’s slow edge to edge and seems to be one of the more difficult hybrid rocker boards to skid turns with. So it’s not catchy because the tip/tail are lifted off the snow a bit but it’s just not easy to throw around in the size we tried. I (James Biesty) have tried the 153, 155, 157.5, 161.5 and 164.5 in HP or the non-HP models over the years and all have a personality that gets more and more aggressive as they get bigger. They prefer a responsive binding to make it work and the more responsive the better.
Edge Hold: Really strong grip in hard snow. The Travis Rice Pro Hp can grab in softer snow which can bother some but others can get used to it.
Turn Initiation: Pretty much every size is slow edge to edge and even our riders with 10.5 to 11 boots felt it was slow even for them in comparison with other boards the same width. It’s a board that seems to prefer a straight line more than a turn. That’s not ideal for our style of riding and all of us love to turn but if you aren’t like us you might like it.
Turning Experience: The board has snap and spring out of the turns but it is not a super fun board to turn. It likes going straight and then long drawn out S-Turns that are almost like a straight line. Anything more than that the board doesn’t seem to like.
Carving: You really have to commit your weight into the edge to make it carve and it holds really well for a hybrid rocker ride. Some can get a bit washy but this doesn’t. It just carves more across the groomers and it’s not ideal for tighter carves. The smaller the size the better it was for us to turn/carve but the bigger it was the less it wanted to turn.
Speed: The Travis Rice Pro HP likes to pick up some speed and although it does have some chatter in the tip/tail it’s one of the damper Mervin hybrid rocker boards we tried. Especially for a 155.
Uneven Terrain: This is not fun trying to weave in and out of a bumpy run but it can power over uneven snow pretty well. If you turn through bumps look for something else. If you hammer over bumps then yeah it could work.
Powder: It’s a twin with a centered stance so it’s not ideal, even with the pointy sizes, if you want good directional float. If you want to ride switch as much as you do regular in powder then these boards are the call and the bigger in size you get the better the float. The pointy’s float a little better but still aren’t powder twins or anything like that. However, if you want to set it back then consider the Gold Member, Climax or Orca for a powder day ride if this kind of board appeals to you.
Switch: Yeah it’s great either way.
Jumps: Lot’s of pop and it approaches a kicker really well.
Jibbing: I think as the board softens up it’s more doable in the smaller sizes but it’s more at home in the pipe and kickers.
Pipe: For me, I didn’t like the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP in the pipe because it was too slow of a ride edge to edge for me. It’s got the grip though but I would much rather be on the TRS instead.
So as you can tell from the vid and write up this board wasn’t for us and every time I’ve tried it over the years it never was. It’s for Travis and it takes a Travis like rider with 10-12 boots to really make this work for them. If you are an average rider, like we are, who loves to turn and have an easy ride underfoot when going with a hybrid rocker shape then this won’t be for you.
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP Past Reviews
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP Blunt is pretty much the Travis Rice Pro Blunt but a little lighter and a little more snappy. Both ride about the same but this just has a slightly different feel for the better that could make it worth it for some to go with this. The 2013-2015 models aren’t that different from one another. The ride is pretty much the same.
Before we get started I just want to say that this is mainly for a Mid/Wide rider that has 10.5-12 US size feet but if you can ride the 153 or 155 if you have smaller than 10.5 feet. These boards are made to ride much bigger than their size and they only like to go straight. They get cranky if you try to turn them. I keep getting stuck riding the 157 but I would of been much happier on a 153. Normally I’m most comfortable on a 157 but with the Travis Rice Pro Horsepower Blunt and the standard model I’d be much happier with the 153 for my size 9 boots. So if you are like me and you must have a Travis rice size it down a bit and you will be much happier.
On Snow Feel: The Travis Rice Pro Horsepower Blunt has the same great stable feel for a hybrid rocker board except it just feels a little lighter and snappier. It’s got a strong rider feel that likes to go fast in and out of the park. It’s a very aggressive freestyle ride that lives for the pipe, big jumps and taking on the mountain regular or switch at higher speeds. It’s sizing runs a little smaller but don’t let that fool you. If this was a C3 BTX profile (Might be for 2015) this board would be very unforgiving but thanks to the hybrid rocker profile it makes the ride doable for even a strong intermediate rider. It also allows an aggressive rider have a more forgiving ride.
Powder: The powder feel isn’t great for a hybrid rocker board but if you are a camber rider who is trying something new you will find this an easy float. If you compare it to other Lib Tech boards with Rocker or Hybrid Rocker that come in longer sizing then you will find this not that great. I didn’t have powder with this but based on the Travis Rice Pro Blunt’s performance it will be almost exactly the same since there is only a little difference in weight. It planes well and wants to stay up but it’s just not an easy float. The freestye rider who knows how to keep speed and plane will be ok with this board. If you like directional set back riding you will find the float inadequate.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Lee, an 11 US boot which is perfect for this board, found the edge to edge transitioning a bit more work to get it edge to edge quickly. We had on some pretty responsive bindings on too. I feel this too but I’m a size 9 riding a 25.9cm waist so that is expected. So even if you are a bigger size foot like Lee the shallow side cut makes it less easy to turn than you would think for a hybrid rocker shape. When laying into a carve it had a fun feel but the carve was wider than the average board for the effort/lean put into it. It’s still very rewarding for a hybrid rocker board. The Horsepower had a slightly more lively feel that made the ride a little more fun. Both Blunts like to go straight more than they like to turn. This might be in my head or it could be true but I enjoyed turning this board just a little more than the regular model. Both have the same ratings for turning and carving but the T.Rice felt a little more lively. I guess that’s the best way to describe it.
Speed: Both Blunt models have good speed and are just a bit shy from being excellent. They both keep their speed well in the flats and both feel pretty stable for a hybrid rocker twin. You can bomb on this board and it’s got Mountain speed as well as park speed.
Uneven Terrain: Both models feel the same when you come into tracked up bumpy snow in a congested spot on the mountain. It’s not bad for it’s medium/stiff flex but you can feel some slow speed chatter in bumpy snow.
Edge Hold: Excellent gripping skills and it’s a great board for those that have to ride in harder to icy conditions. Like all the Travis Rice boards it can be a little grippy in softer snow so it’s not ideal if you ride in softer conditions.
Flex: The Medium/Stiff Flex isn’t very playful. It likes to go straight and isn’t about slowing down to butter unless you are pretty strong. I know some people who ride this board that can bend it past it’s hybrid camber profile but most might be happier on something a lot more playful if you want to butter and such.
Switch: Very easy each direction.
Jibbing: I have some friends that own this board and can jib with it very well but for the average rider this is pretty stiff and bucky. Even with it’s smaller sizing I wouldn’t be to comfortable taking on a more technical jib.
Pipe: Excellent Pipe board. I didn’t have the joy that most did on the 157 but I bet I’d love it if I was on a 153 as much as my 11-12 boot friends who own this do on the 157.
Jumps: Both boards feel pretty much the same except the Horsepower feels a little more snappy. Same great stable approach for kickers of all size. This is best in big man made park jumps but its also pretty springy when it comes to an ollie off a natural feature in the park. Pretty easy to spin because of the smaller size.
All in all this is a good board that could make many riders happy and really happy if you have a dedicated powder board to go with this. I don’t know what it is but if it was up to me I’d buy the Horsepower for no logical reason other than the board looks better than the Pro. It also has a lighter snappier feel that doesn’t really translate to the rating system. It’s just a little fun to have under your feet than the regular model. On paper though it’s hard to justify the $140 more for this board because they are pretty close but the irrational side says go with this one.
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Everything I wanted 164W
I’m not an advanced/expert rider by any means, so reading this review, and others like it, almost scared me away from tested and buying this board. I’m glad it didn’t. This is one of the most confidence inspiring boards I’ve ever ridden. Extremely stable at speed, over bumps, and off of jumps. The 164.5 Wide has reasonable float over powder, especially for a twin. It’s got lots of pop and does well on jibbs, but the stiffness makes butters a difficult. Responsive turning and edge hold, even over ice, makes this an awesome carver. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an all mountain freeride/freestyle board and doesn’t mind sacrificing a little float in powder for a true twin setup, and playful softness for stability at speed.
Fellas, appreciate the reviews. However, I have noticed a theme here. If the board is a twin, you downgrade carving to average or slightly above. Then reading the review, the board takes a hit in the description overall.
Read your Rome Mod Rocker as well, and said to myself, do we ride the same boards?
The Rice to me is an aggressive, all mountain twin. It's damp....not quite Never Summer damp, but damp enough. Never felt like I was going to get bucked off a line on chopped up terrain.
Snap - for a board with as much resin as this board has, it's snappy. I wouldn't call it Arbor Iguchi snappy. But it's snappy.
To me it's fast, aggressive, confidence inspiring, and stable. Because of the stability and aggressive nature, it's make it a joy in aggressive terrain. Take this through the Hobacks in Jackson Hole. Hit every natural drop you find. It handles it.
Will this be your ultimate morning groomer board? No. Will be an elite powder floater? Probably not.
But if you are looking for a big mountain freestyle board, point me to a better one. It has to be a twin to stomp some big landings in the slack country switch.
I think you should start categorically rankings these decks, because a bigger mountain freestyle stick should be a category. It should be grouped with other true twins and directional twins.
You can't compare a T Rice Pro blunt to a Yes Pick Your Line. One is built for hard and straight. The other is built to huck just about any line and be confident you'll stomp. Both are elite boards in my estimation, and I've ridden over 40 boards.
PS - go ride that Rome Mod Rocker again. Anyone saying that isn't one of the best resort twins out there, shouldn't be reviewing boards. It spins, it pops, it hauls ASS. I have no idea how they made their rocker almost as fun to carve as a cambered stick, but they did. Snappy, fast, pretty stable, and the carbon rod tech works.
Suggestion - hire a freestyle rider. You are selling yourself short on a twin if you aren't going to huck yourself from time to time. Many riders do. I haven't seen a video yet with you guys spinning.
Only last 1 season !
I was very excited about this board after doing extensive research and watching T. Rice change the game with it.
It rode very well as promised , stiff , fast as f—-k , carved nicely in all conditions . Did did everything as I wanted it to do. Maybe that’s why it hurts so bad now to look at this beautiful board with a blown side edge. It didn’t take less than a season and tagging a small rock to blow the edge in two places. A hit that happened a hundred times before on other boards caused this T. Rice Pro HP split like balsa wood. Of course Mervin wasn’t will to take any responsibility for the weak side wall construction . To make matters worse I hear from an ex Mervin Employee that this happens all the time due to the new eco friendly epoxies the manufacture uses now. I am all about eco- friendly materials but not at the sacrifice of a new $600 board.
I love this board ! Could not ask for a better board I have the 2014 model and it excells in any thing you can do on the mountain ...I spent 3 days at Jay peak VT with it in March and one of those days they got blasted with 24" of that pow pow and even more in the trees from the drift and I have to disagree with this review it floated didn't have a problem keeping it afloat the mtx didn't really slow me down ... EPIC float in the pow ripped the hard pack bombed down the mountain ..this board is the bees knees I would highly reccomend this board best board I have ever ridden ...besides the review in the pow that I disagreed with the rest was pretty much spot on ...this board is a All mountain shred stick that will make you happy !