New Shred Stick: It's A Lib Tech!
Posted by on Sunday, November 09, 2008
I bought my new board this weekend. It's pretty sick; I like it a lot.
You might have my previous post which listed the 8 boards I was considering. From that collection, I'd made a short-list in my head: the DH, the Skate Banana and the DC MLF - and maybe the T1, but it's hard to find.
Well the board I bought isn't from the short-list; it's not even from the long-list. So how come I ended up buying it?
Because I wanted to!
Each year my local snowboard shop has a slightly different line. Some board manufacturers are present each season, but some come and go. You can always find a Burton for example, and they like Nitro a lot; a couple of years ago there were quite a few Rome options, now there are none.
When I made my first visit about a month ago, I was hoping that there would be some boards from my-list - given the option I'd prefer to buy here and support my local shop, they're worth it. Well they had the skate banana, the DH, and even the pro-model version of the T1 - but none of them in sizes that I wanted.
I couldn't help but notice they had a wide selection of lib tech boards: the skate banana, the Jamie Lynn, the trs and the t.rice. And they all looked so good; just oozing quality. Plus it was the first time I'd seen the magne-traction edge-design in the flesh; and a rocker design also for that matter. I was drawn in.
I waited for a few weeks as there was a chance they'd be getting the 152 skate banana in, and that's the one I wanted. But after going back a couple of times I found myself considering both the Jamie Lynn (154) and the Travis Rice (153).
It was the third visit, this weekend, when I had the cash in my pocket, that I decided I want it. I bought the Lib Tech Travis Rice, 153.
It's probably a little stiffer than I was after and it's not a true twin (it's a directional twin) - which is something I normally insist on. Plus, there's usually something that holds me back from getting a pro-model; like, it's designed for the pro, rather than the general rider... But that all went out the window. I just wanted to buy it.
153 is a perfect length. It's got magne-traction and a rocker-base, both things I'm keen to try (although I accept I might not like them). I really like the blunt nose, it's got great stance options and it feels like it's got lots of pop. It feels like a good board. The 20% off that was on offer this weekend didn't hurt either!
I can't wait to shred on it. In the meantime, I'll just prop it up against the wall and look at it...
Looks sweet! Be interested to see how it rides.
Gavin Hope said:
yeah, really looking forward to trying it out! Got a positivie feeling about it :)