"Powerful but poppy. Holds an edge and rides through crud, but still feels lively enough to take into the park." -Alex Kruse, Kings Beach, CA (Tahoe Dave's)
Lengths: 153, 157 blunty, 161.5, 164.5 pointy
Base Material: Sintered UHMW base
Core: H-POP wood alloy core
Shape: Perfect Twin
Flex (from 1-10): 7
"Super-soft, super-fun, and super-sick. It just felt like I was riding my own board again."
James Jones, Owl, MI
SNOWBOARDER's 2011 Best of Test was full of surprises. With host resorts spanning the entire country–from Vermont to Washington and California to Michigan–the grid of on-snow demos kept us on the road, compiling all pertinent data as to determine which are the best snowboards for 2011. This is SNOWBOARDER Magazine's 2011 Best of Test Men's #2, the Lib Tech T. Rice C2 Power Banana. See the rest of the results here.
C2 POWER BANANA – C2BTX
Power Banana features Banana Tech rocker combined with camber at each end of the board. The new hybrid camber/rocker combination allows for extra pop, power, and tip-to-tail stability for critical lines, not-so-luxurious landings and terminal velocity takeoffs that T. Rice has become best known for both off-piste and in the park.
BANANA TECHNOLOGY – BTX
Banana "rocker between your feet" technology changes the traditional ski-based, one pressure point, camber snowboard design. Full edge contact is maintained, but the edge pressure is now focused between and at your feet, giving you better responsiveness in all conditions. Lib Tech pre-bends their boards into a more natural turning arc and the tips and tails are also less weighted for lift, deflection, and catch-free jibbing.
MAGNE-TRACTION – MTX
Conventional skis and snowboards have two contact points; Magne-Traction boards have seven. With Magne-Traction, if your two outside contact points lose grip, you will still have five more to share the burden of maintaining stability. Riding more like a skateboard and less like its snow-specific bretheren, Magne-Traction technology gives you better control and turn initiation from directly under your feet in any and all conditions.
This content was pulled from SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s September 2010 issue is on newsstands now. Go to your local snowboard shop, bookstore, or download a copy today from Zinio.