Lib Tech 2020 Snowboards Overview

 

 

Lib Tech have been a popular brand for years, with a few of their models making a huge impact – for a while it seemed like everyone was riding a Skate Banana or a T Rice at one point.

Although they spent years marketing pushing their reverse camber boards, each year they add more boards with their C3 profile (traditional camber) which I think is a good thing. While they used to be the kings of crazy marketing terms, things are slightly simpler and easier to understand now.

Lib Tech Camber Profiles

In a very simplified way, there is rocker (Original Banana), hybrid (C2) and camber (C3).

Original Banana

lib tech original banana profile

This used to be called BTX, and this is the easiest to ride profile that they have. Although the original had mega rocker, the current design has rocker between your feet, and technically some mild camber from your feet out towards the nose and the tail of the board. Although it might be there, when you look at an Original Banana board up close, the “mild camber” sections are so small, I would say they are pretty much flat.

C2

lib tech c2 camber profile

A hybrid camber profile, that has reverse camber between your feet, with camber out towards the nose and tail of the board.

On top of the regular C2, there are also two sub versions of the C2 camber: C2e and C2x.

Basically the C2e is the “easy” version, and the C2x is the “eXtreme” version. The C2e version is made to be a less aggressive ride, while the C2x is one step closer to a traditional camber feel.

C3

lib tech c3 camber profile

Although the graphics will make it look like there is rocker between your feet (it is almost too small to see), in reality this is just a traditional camber profile. I would guess that after years of pushing rocker/hybrid profiles they didn’t want to make it look like they were taking it all back by making camber boards.

This profile gives you the best edge hold, pop and stability – so it is often found on their more aggressive, stiffer boards.

Board Constructions

Although there are small differences in each board, they have 3 main sets of construction ingredients, set out in a good, better, best style.

OP – Original Power Construction

Core: 75% Aspen / 25% Paulownia
Base: TNT

HP – Horsepower Construction

Core: 60% Aspen / 40% Paulownia
Base: TNT or Sintered depending on the model

FP – Firepower Construction

50% Aspen / 40% Paulownia / 10% Balsa
Base TNT or Sintered depending on the model

Magne-Traction

Chances are good you have heard of Magne-Traction, but simplified there are bumps placed along the sidecut of the board to add extra grip in hard snow. Working the same way as a serrated knife, when you are turning your board the pressure is focused on the Magne-Traction bumps, so they cut into hard snow with less effort.

For their Original Banana and C2 boards, the Magne-Traction is much more important. Boards that have an overall rocker profile put less pressure on the contact points, so you lose edge hold as a tradeoff for getting a more forgiving and looser ride. Magne-Traction helps to give you back the edge hold, even on the Original Banana profile boards.

It has a very specific feel, and you get used to it quite quickly – it comes quite close to the edge hold of a traditional camber board. There is a reason that other brands use it as well – Jones, Niche, Rossignol,

Base Materials

In general cheaper boards have extruded bases (cheaper to make, slower to ride) and more expensive boards have the faster more expensive sintered bases. Lib Tech still have those two types of bases, extruded which they call TNT, and sintered.

Interestingly, they put sintered on some of their more affordable park boards (Box Scratcher/Box Knife) and have the slower TNT on more expensive boards like the Skunk Ape.

Lib Tech 2020 snowboards

Lib Tech Box Scratcher

lib tech box scratcher snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Box Scratcher 2020

A couple of options for park riders, both the Box Scratcher and Box Knife are quite similar – the differences are the cambers they have.

The Lib Tech Box Scratcher has the Original Banana profile, so rocker between your feet, and the tiniest amount of camber out on the nose and tail. That profile, with the medium-soft flex means it won’t take much effort to press or butter, and there is plenty of forgiveness.

One most cheaper park boards you will get an extruded base, as speed isn’t normally as important as keeping the price down, and being a park board it is pretty likely you will damage it, and extruded bases are easy to repair.

As a pretty big plus for this board, it has a sintered base, which is especially good for the price.

  • Original Banana
  • Medium Soft
  • Sintered

Box Knife

lib tech box knife snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Box Knife 2020

On the opposite side but not really, the Box Knife has a lot of similar features, but with a regular camber (C3) profile. More pop, more stability and a slightly stiffer flex.

With a sintered base, C3 camber and medium flex, the Box Knife is going to end up just as useful riding anywhere on the mountain – not just the park.

  • C3
  • Medium Flex
  • Sintered

Banana Blaster

lib tech banana blaster snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Banana Blaster 2020

A smaller version of the Skate Banana, with a few features that kids won’t miss. A simpler topsheet material, and a co-extruded base rather than the textured topsheet and TNT base on the Skate Banana.

With the Original Banana profile, it is still loose and cruisy, so turns are smooth and easy, perfect for smaller riders starting out.

  • Original Banana
  • Soft Flex
  • Extruded

T.Ripper

The next step up, in sizes between the Banana Blaster but still smaller than the mens line, the T Ripper is a scaled down version of the T Rice board. With the C2 camber profile, there is more camber on the nose and tail of the board, so you will have more edge hold, stability and pop. With a medium flex, it makes it much more suitable for smaller/lighter kids who ride hard.

  • C2
  • Medium Flex
  • TNT

Skate Banana

lib tech skate banana snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Skate Banana 2020 (regular graphics)
lib tech skate banana brandon reis snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Skate Banana (Brandon Reis graphics)

A surprising board, that has a very good reputation that is well deserved. On paper, the specs make it sound like a beginner board, but it is marketed as a board that is good for everyone from beginners to advanced riders.

Normally that doesn’t make any sense, but in a weird way it works for the Skate Banana.

With a medium flex, and the Original Banana profile, it is soft but not too soft, and loose without being too loose. Magne-traction is important on reverse camber boards like this so you still have good edge hold.

  • Original Banana
  • Medium Soft flex
  • TNT

Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix Dagmar

lib tech jamie lynn phoenix dagmar snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix Dagmar 2020

An all terrain, ride anywhere board that is designed to be a one board quiver. C2 camber profile, medium flex with a floaty nose and a 1 inch setback stance.

  • C2
  • Medium flex
  • TNT

Hot Knife

lib tech hot knife snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Hot Knife 2020

Aimed at being an “all mountain freestyle twin”, it has a medium stiff flex, and C3 camber profile for plenty of pop and stability. The fast sintered base is going to make it easier keeping your speed up for bigger jumps, and the C3 camber with Magne-Traction will have a very solid feel.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered base

TRS

lib tech trs snowboard 2020
Lib Tech TRS 2020

This is where it starts to get confusing as they all sound the same – TRS, T.Rice, T Ras.

With the C2x camber profile, it is one notch more aggressive than the regular C2, but still a decent step down from the feel of traditional camber or C3. It has basalt for vibration dampening, but also only has the TNT base.

  • C2x
  • Medium flex
  • TNT

T.Rice Pro

lib tech t rice snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Pro

Made super popular around the time Travis Rice has That’s It, That’s All and the Art of Flight, I would imagine it would have to be one of the most popular hybrid all mountain boards around – at least a few years ago anyway.

It has the regular C2 camber profile, and a medium stiff flex. Basalt is added to absorb vibrations, and like you would expect from a board at this level, it has a sintered base.

There are a couple of versions of the T.Rice, and they have been made a bit simpler for the 2020 season. The bigger sizes (161.5cm and above) which have the pointed nose have a different graphic than the regular sizes with the blunt nose.

lib tech t rice pointy snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Pro Pointy 2020
  • C2
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

More info on the T.Rice Pro – Find on Amazon

T.Ras

lib tech t ras snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Ras 2020

Nothing super crazy about this one, it is a 159cm version of the T.Rice that has a special graphic. If you were going to get a 158 T.Rice but like the look of this better, might as well get this one instead.

Still with basalt, sintered base and the C2 camber profile.

  • C2
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

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Cold Brew

lib tech cold brew snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Cold Brew 2020

You can sort of think of this as an all mountain Skate Banana, with a few changes and upgrades. A slightly longer nose will help float in deeper snow, and the C2 profile will give better stability for riding fast than the Original Banana.

  • C2
  • Medium flex
  • TNT

Dynamo

lib tech dynamo snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Dynamo 2020

New for the 2020 season, the Dynamo is an all mountain board, that has a more aggressive ride with the C3 camber. It has a medium-stiff flex, and a slightly longer nose for more float in deep snow.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

Terrain Wrecker

lib tech terrain wrecker snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker 2020

With a directional shape, floaty nose, blocked off tail and a sintered base – it is made to be a freestyle board that you can take anywhere on the mountain.

  • C2
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

BRD

lib tech brd snowboard 2020
Lib Tech BRD 2020

An all mountain freeride board, that has a big wide nose, taper, C3 camber and a sintered base. The big and wide early rise nose helps to float in deep snow, the taper helps the tail to sink and the C3 camber will be poppy and stable.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix Titty Fish

lib tech jamie lynn titty fish snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix Titty Fish 2020

Along similar lines as the BRD, the Jamie Lynn Pheonix Titty Fish is an all mountain and freeride board. With a medium firm flex and C3 camber, it’s going to have a solid ride, while the wide floaty nose and taper suit deep snow. No Magne-traction on this one, but that isn’t a big deal, you don’t need it on traditional camber boards anyway.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

E Jack Knife

lib tech ejack knife snowboard 2020
Lib Tech E Jack Knife 2020

One of the boards that is on the more serious side, the E.Jack Knife has C3 camber, a medium to stiff flex and a fast sintered base. Have a look at Eric Jackson’s riding to get an idea of what this one is designed for.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Swiss Knife

lib tech swiss knife snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Swiss Knife 2020

The Swiss Knife is a big mountain freestyle board, that is good for riding everywhere, even when the snow gets deep. With C3 camber, a little bit of taper and a fast sintered base.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Skunk Ape

lib tech skunk ape snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Skunk Ape 20202

The Skunk Ape has been around for a while now, and is the go-to for big guys with big feet. Even the smallest size has a big waist width of 268mm, while the widest is all the way at a 285mm. In sizes from 157-170cm, it is made for tall and heavier guys who still need to get good performance out of their board.

  • C2
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

T.Rice Goldmember

lib tech t rice goldmember snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Goldmember 2020

Another one of Travis Rice’s pro models, the Goldmember is lighter with the Firepower Construction with balsa, has basalt for vibration absorbtion and the slightly more aggressive C2x camber profile.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

T.Rice Climax

lib tech t rice climax snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Climax 2020

Another notch up in the T.Rice lineup, the Climax has the lightest construction, with carbon over magnesium wrapping the core. More aggressive C2x camber profile, Magne-traction and a fast sintered base. It just comes in two sizes – 159cm and 163cm.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Split BRD

lib tech brd split snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Split BRD 2020

A split version of the BRD, which has the C3 camber profile, a medium flex and a TNT base.

  • C3
  • Medium Flex
  • TNT

T.Rice Goldmember Split

lib tech t rice split snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Goldmember Split 2020

In my opinion, this is the best looking board in the 2020 range, the T.Rice Goldmember split has the C2x camber, medium stiff flex and a fast sintered base.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Double Dip

lib tech double dip snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Double Dip 2020

A pow friendly but twin freestyle board, with the C2x camber profile that has a medium stiff flex and a fast sintered base.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff
  • Sintered

Lost x Lib Rocket

lib tech lost x lost rocket snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Lost x Lib Rocket 2020

A wide, directional pow board with the stability and pop of C3 camber, and a medium stiff flex. No Magne-Traction on this one, but it still has a sintered base.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

MC Snake Kink

lib tech mc snake kink snowboard 2020
Lib Tech MC Snake Kink 2020

An experimental board that was made to get everything out of one board, aiming to be a board that can handle ice, groomers and still have good float in powder. With the C3 camber profile and medium stiff flex, it has plenty of pop, stability and edge hold helped with the Magne-Traction.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

MC Way Finder

lib tech mc wayfinder snowboard 2020
Lib Tech MC Way Finder 2020

A surfy, floaty, directional freeride board that will handle tight turns, deep carves on groomers as well as it floats in deep snow.

  • C2e
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered base

Jamie Lynn Short Wide

lib tech jamie lynn short wide snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Short Wide 2020

Another one in the short wide group, the Short Wide has everything you would expect from a board like this, huge waist width and a short length that is combined with C3 camber, Magne-Traction and a Medium Stiff flex.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

T.Rice Orca

lib tech orca snowboard 2020
Lib Tech T.Rice Orca 2020

Another one in the T.Rice lineup, the Orca was really popular in its first season, and it turned out to be quite a sought after board. It shares a lot of features with the regular T.Rice Pro, but makes it short and wide for extra float, while still being easy to turn.

With the C2x camber profile and Magne-traction, there is plenty of edge hold. The longer nose helps the Orca to float in deep snow, and the overall wider width gives you the surface area of a bigger powder board, without having to ride a slower to turn, longer board. For guys with bigger feet, the Orca will still let you carve hard with minimal toe and heel drag. The smallest 147cm size has a decent 257mm waist width, while the 153 and the 159 both have a really wide 267mm waist.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Stump Ape

lib tech stump ape snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Skunk Ape 2020

A short and wide option for the bigger guys who don’t want the huge length of the Skunk Ape, the Stump Ape still has a super wide waist width, C2x camber and a medium flex.

  • C2x
  • Medium flex
  • TNT

Round Nose Fish

lib tech lost x round nose fish snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Round Nose Fish 2020

With a surfy and tapered shape, early rise nose on the C2x camber profile, it is made to carve hard on groomers as well as float in deep snow

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • Sintered

Litigator

lib tech litigator snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Litigator 2020

A new version of the classic that was born in the 80’s, the Litigator has regular camber, medium stiff flex and comes in one size 5’7″ or 170cm.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff
  • TNT

Magic BM

lib tech magic bm snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Magic BM 2020

An evolution of the older Banana Magic, it has the C2 camber profile, a deep sidecut (a small radius of 7.0m), medium flex and Magne-Traction.

  • C2
  • Medium Flex
  • TNT

Lib Tech Womens boards

Glider

lib tech glider snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Glider 2020

Think of this one as being like the womens Skate Banana, it has the cruisy Original Banana camber, medium soft flex and a TNT base.

  • Original Banana
  • Medium Soft flex
  • TNT

No. 43

lib tech no 43 snowboard 2020
Lib Tech No.43 2020

A more aggressive all mountain/freestyle board, that has a more aggressive C2x camber profile and higher end Horsepower construction.

  • C2x
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

Cortado

lib tech cortado snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Cortado 2020

An all mountain freeride board with a directional shape, it has the C2 camber profile and a medium flex. Made to be an easy to ride, but versatile board you can take anywhere.

  • C2
  • Medium flex
  • TNT

Dynamiss

lib tech dynamiss snowboard 2020
Lib Tech Dynamiss 2020

An aggressive, performance womens board, that has the C3 camber profile, a medium stiff flex and a little bit of taper with a directional nose.

  • C3
  • Medium Stiff flex
  • TNT

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