The Lib Tech TRS Horsepower is the same TRS design but just for those that want a lighter TRS and are willing to pay extra for it. For 2017 the TRS now has HP Tech so the TRS and TRS HP have merged into one board.
Conditions: Good early conditions with soft snow in most places.
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Genesis
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 Back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal bordering on light and a little lighter than the regular TRS
On Snow Feel: Same great stable feel between the feet that many hybrid rocker boards don’t often have. Just a little behind the hybrid camber boards out there but still much better than C2 or EC2 when it comes to one footing and flat basing.
Powder: No powder to ride but since it has the same shape and camber profile as the standard TRS it’s not that great when it comes to float for a hybrid rocker board. That’s where it could use some work with either a set back stance or a bigger nose/tail. It could
Turn Initiation: Just like the TRS but a little
Skidded Turns: Very easy to make skidded turns even with the extra camber.
Carving: It’s a good carver and better than all their C2 technologies but not in the same game as their C3 tech. Still good enough to have fun carving all day if the mood strikes you and it will also carve better in harder conditions than many boards out there.
Speed: Feels just as fast as the standard TRS
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good when it gets bumpy and you can
Edge Hold: Strong edge hold that’s great in hard to icy conditions but it can be a little bit grabby in softer snow.
Flex: Feels stiffer than the older model I had by a good bit and feels just about the same as the standard TRS this time. This is good as the other TRS HP I had just didn’t quite have the mountain speed that the other TRS had.
Switch: Very easy swtich. Very close to being a true twin. Same flex, side cut and such but just a little longer nose than tail so pretty much a true twin.
Jibbing: It’s a pretty expensive board to jib with.
Pipe: Outstanding pipe ride that drives well enough from wall to wall and also grips well too.
So its a tough call to recommend the HP version over the regular because they are so similar except for the weight.
2015 and 2014 Lib Tech TRS Horsepower Review
The Lib Tech TRS Horsepower has the same camber profile and shape as the TRS but the Horsepower version is lighter snappier and a little less damp. I found this my go to board this season for when the snow got hard as well as a fun twin for mountain and park riding.
Size: 157 & 159
Conditions: Man made snow that was well groomed in the morning to choppy bumpy snow mid day. A little bit of Pow, Hard ass snow and some softer days too.
Riders: James, Peter and a few other friends
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro, Union Force, Union Factory Burton Cartel, Burton Malavita and a few others.
Set Up: centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Weight: 6.2 lbs Feels normal like most boards out there.
On Snow Feel: Same great stable feel on the snow and it almost doesn’t feel like a hybrid rocker board. It feels much closer to the hybrid camber boards I have ridden. It’s much easier to one foot and flat base than most C2 BTX and a little easier than many C2 Power BTX boards I have ridden. It’s got a quick poppy snappy feel to it but it’s also got an easier flex than the regular TRS.
Powder: I only had one day with about 6″ of thick sierra cement….I mean powder and with a centered stance it wasn’t that taxing on my back foot in wind loaded areas that were more like a foot.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Nice and quick edge to edge and a very easy turning board. Short to wider radius turns are very easy. I really like this quick snappy feel and it held really well on a carve. You can really feel the camber at the tip/tail engage and help you spring out of a turn much better than many hybrid rocker boards I tried. It’s a fun feeling. Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t compare to a good camber board but it’s at the top of the hybrid rocker category as well as right there with many mostly camber hybrid camber boards I rode. It’s easy into the turn and feels like it might get washy but the more you commit to the turn the more the camber comes into play.
Speed: It didn’t feel as damp as the regular TRS and the more I rode this the more I could feel it. At first I wasn’t sure but after getting on a regular TRS I could feel it. I felt more of the snow underfoot as I picked up speed as the snow got a little tracked on the groomers. The regular TRS did better here. The base though was fast and picked up speed really quickly. If you pair this up with bindings like the Union Force or Union Factory you can get less chatter underfoot but I found the Cartel to be the best balance between speed, butterability and edge to edge transitioning.
Uneven Terrain: This was really easy to deal with pushed around bumpy snow that started to accumulate mid day. It’s easy to work your way through bumpy snow at slower speeds but if you want to power through it at higher speeds it’s not the best fit. You could feel the MTX grabbing here and there in softer bumpy snow but it’s still pretty quick negotiating bumps.
Edge Hold: Grabbed anything on the hill. Even with snowment patches the TRS horsepower grabbed without a problem. Some times like with many MTX boards it grabbed a little too much in softer snow but you do get use to it. For me this was one of my favorite boards to take out when conditions were harder.
Flex: It felt like the Lib Tech TRS Horsepower flexed a little softer on the hill than the TRS. It felt a little more playful and poppy but a bit on the softer side of medium. Pretty easy to butter especially with the Burton Genesis I had on.
Switch: Easy board to ride switch and it’s a mostly true twin. The tip is taller than the tail for better directional powder float but the Tail is a little shorter. It can get in your head that it’s different but when riding switch I didn’t feel much or any of a difference either way.
Jibbing: The slightly softer flex made it easier to hit a mild jib with the horsepower than the regular TRS but this is such an expensive board I wanted to keep it mainly for pipe, jump and mountain riding.
Pipe: This winter sucked for me riding pipe and I only had one day in the pipe with it. I was not in tune with pipe riding and thought I would suck but the TRS is just a confidence booster that makes you ride better than you would think and I had a much better time than I thought I would fumbling through the pipe.
Jumps: Really good pringy pop and the TRS Horsepower was easy to ollie with and hit small natural features as well as hit small to medium jumps. You could tell there is a little softer flex than the regular TRS but it’s still got an easier spring to it and would cater to a lighter rider better than the regular TRS.
So all in all this was a very fun board to ride. I’m confused now as to weather or not I’d rather be on the TRS or TRS Horsepower. It’s got a good personality to it that is slightly different than the regular TRS. I’d like to get both of these on the snow at the same time but haven’t had the chance yet.
2014 Binding Comparison on The Lib Tech TRS Horsepower