|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
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Lib Tech TRS Firepower 2019 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Lib Tech TRS Firepower is a very expensive light fun snappy version of the standard TRS which is now TRS HP. The 2015-2019 TRS Firepower has not really changed. For the price, I don’t feel that you get that much more for the FP vs the HP and I personally liked the HP just as much. Not much has changed over the years.
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Conditions: Medium to hard morning spring snow
Riders: James Peter and Jimbo
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Fiend LTD,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Union Atlas, Bent Metal Transfer
Set Up: Centered, 22.75″ to 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels light
On Snow Feel: Same great TRS feel underfoot when it comes to one footing and flat basing. It’s stable and very close to many hybrid camber boards I’ve tried. For many people who have ridden C2 BTX boards or even C2 Power BTX this is more stable and more like what you want on groomers and riding around the mountain. Even in harder snow it’s very unlikely to want to auto spin on you like other C2 BTX boards. XC2 BTX is great for groomers. Now there is a lighter snappier feel underfoot than the TRS and it doesn’t feel as playful and buttery as the TRS HP.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick edge to edge feel that makes short to wide radius turns fun. It’s a fun board to turn and it feels just a hair quicker than the regular TRS.
Flex: I didn’t get to do an a/b comparison between the TRS and TRS FP but it felt like the flex was similar to the standard TRS and stiffer than the HP. You could butter and press pretty well and it felt a little bit easier than the TRS I own. The TRS HP was much easier to butter than the other TRS models, which is weird because it had the same flex rating as the other 2.
Edge Hold: All of these boards can hang onto hard snow like a champ. The TRS feels the best when it comes to grip but the FP is very close and the HP is a little behind. These are all shades of excellent edge hold so it’s not like one will not hold well in ice. All will hold like champs in the hard to icy snow.
Powder: Now all these TRS models just don’t have the float that many C2 boards have and I feel this is one of the only real flaws of XC2 BTX. Bringing the camber closer down to the snow makes it a great groomer board but does detract some of the ability to float in powder. Still, it’s better than the old camber TRS. Part of me would love to see a set back on the TRS models because then directional float would be a lot better and it would make this board complete. All the TRS boards hold up really well all over the mountain and are very similar to many all-mountain boards except for the setback. With my stance width and the centered stance, I can only set the board back one set of screws which isn’t much so be prepared to ride the board centered if you have an average stance width like I do at 23″ for the 157.
Carving: Just like the regular TRS it doesn’t compete with C3 boards but it’s really close and there is a nice spring out of a carve and you can really lay it out over the snow. Laying down trenchy carves is very doable and that extra camber really enhances the carve over C2 BTX boards. It’s pretty close to camber and mostly camber boards.
Speed: I felt a little chatter in the tip and tail that I don’t with the TRS but it’s still good with speed.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good with bumpy uneven snow. It’s more on the lively poppy side but The TRS FP can handle the messy end of the day snow and bumps too.
Switch: Maybe it’s my eyes playing tricks on me but this doesn’t seem like a true twin. There seems to be more nose in the tail and it also looks like it might have a slightly directional side cut but after all that, the board rides switch just as well either way.
Jumps: What I like about XC2 BTX and all TRS boards is that extra camber has a nice snap in the tip/tail. You can pop from the center or the tip and tail equally well and I really liked snapping off natural features into the air with the TRS HP. The lighter feel made it feel like it was a touch easier to ollie than the TRS.
Jibbing: Didn’t jib with this. Even if I owned this board I probably wouldn’t because of it’s price tag. I’d just stick to pipe and jumps.
Pipe: Didn’t ride pipe with this but I can easily guess that it will be just as fun as the TRS. Having the lighter board underfoot might even make it a touch better.
I think most will be just fine with the TRS HP, however, some of you with deep pockets might be into the FP model. It’s just a marginal bump in terms of creating a slightly more snappy dynamic feel but it comes at a pretty high price for it.
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Lib Tech TRS Firepower User Reviews
I'm glad I gave the TRS another chance
I'm glad I gave the TRS another chance. Having owned a 2014 TRS C2 in a 162 - I found the board to be an absolute chatterbox - it just didn't last long in my quiver. This is not the case with the new XC2 TRS Firepower - in a 159. Board rips very well, excellent edge hold. I have spent a lot of time on a T.Rice but always found that it was a bit wider and more "boaty" than I like (I'm no Travis). I would say that this feels like a stiffer T.Rice, with almost the same float - but is much quicker edge to edge, and carves a bit better. Overall, I'm super impressed and plan to hold on to the board for quite sometime.
Now for the bad: Lib has to figure out their "consistency issues" with their board flex. Having owned many (and I mean many) of their snowboards (both Lib and Gnu), I've noticed a significant inconstency with softness/stiffness for the exact same model (in the same size). *Note: I'm referring to the flex of NEW boards (not boards that have 20+ days on them)
My local shop had 3 of the 159 Firepower TRS in stock. One was a noodle, one had a mid flex feeling, and the third was much stiffer (the sals rep agreed). Weighing close to 200 lbs (without kit), I picked the stiffest one, and I'm glad that I did, otherwise i may have ended up with another chatter box. Overall, very pleased and would highly recommend.
Hello im a 44 year old guy who started ridding in 94. Through the years I've had several foot left foot surgeries Thank goodness i ride regular. So I'm not as aggressive as i use to be. So through some health issues i haven't ridden in a few years. My last board is a 97 gnu. So this year with a late winter seen boards at a discounted prices.I got to ride a skate banana and thought its response and controls were quick but its defiantly a park board not for me. I got on line and did weeks of research and hundreds of questions i ordered a lib tech trs online. A few days later I got the package and it was so light i thought is there anything in there. Pulled it out it just wasn't the trs it was the trs firepower. There was a mistake. I can't afford this board so i called and worked out a deal and still got the board at a fraction of the price figure shipping and handling cost back and forth so it goes. I went out with a buddy who has a new smart pickle. The board is a 157 btw. As soon as i strapped in went 200 feet and couldn't believe how freaking great this board felt. Easy to steer ,turn no chatter for me . I let my buddy ride it which he bombed it wide open. We both said we believe its a flawless board and hes going to get one. Now with me im more about control and ease than speed. The board is a better board than i am a ridder but i felt at the end of the night the board helped make me a better ridder. After ridding i generally come home soak my foot and try and stay off of it for a few days. This board i had hardly any stress and so stoked and can't wait to ride it again. I can't say enough good things about it. Now the regular trs that i ordered i wonder about it where it weighs a little more. Im not after high performance but good quality control which i have on the firepower but wonder how the regular trs would of worked for me. So i have 0 regerts about this board and said it felt like god created this board its that good for me. Anyone like to share input i appreciate it or can answer any questions