By Harry Ranked #158 - Wide Snowboards February 23, 2011
Bought the 161 Wide last weekend and took it up to Kirkwood here in Tahoe.
This is my first board, but I've been demoing for years, everything from Burton to K2 to Solomon to LibTech. LibTech-wise, I've ridden the T.Rice, the Skunkape, and the Skate Banana, while with Burton I've ridden the Supermodel, the Malolo, the Custom X, and the Custom Flying V. And let me say, first of all, that for reverse camber fans, LibTech is an absolute must.
Hands down, though, the Dark Series is the best board I've ever ridden, and I call it an absolute honor to own one.
Handles powder and ice- the two extremes- like nothing else. In chopped up snow, so common to the Sierras, I can let the edge do what it wants without having to worry about bailing. But as soon as I apply some pressure to one of the edges, it's explosively responsive. On groomers, you fly- even on the first day I was so confident in this board that I pushed to go faster than I ever had before. Even in the park, this board holds its own, though the Dark wouldn't be the board I would have purchased if that was my primary focus.
Online, there's a lot of technical stuff LibTech talks about that I don't understand, even after riding for years. But the fact is, all that tech LibTech managed to cram into this thing really pays off. Magne Traction, C2 (the reverse camber in the middle flanked by camber under your feet), and the risers under the bindings are HUGELY noticeable, in a good way, coming together to make a board that absolutely rips.
If you want a board you can have absolute confidence in, that flies, and that dominates any kind of terrain you throw at it with explosive responsiveness and shear power, I would definitely recommend this board...especially now that DogFunk is offering some serious discounts!
Helpful Votes: 1 Yes
- 158 cm, 161 cm, 164 cm
- directional twin
- medium-stiff (7.5 of 10 on Lib Tech's scale)
- C2 Power Banana (hybrid)
- Power Transfer Internal
- Effective Edge:
- [158cm] 1220 mm; [161cm] 1240 mm; [164cm] 1260 mm
- Waist Width:
- [158cm] 263 mm; [161-164cm] 265 mm
- Sidecut Radius:
- [158cm] 8.3 m; [161cm] 8.4 m; [164cm] 8.5 m
- Stance Width:
- 19.25 - 25 in
- Stance Setback:
- 0.5 in
- Columbian Gold (wood)
- Recommended Rider Weight:
- [158-161cm] 140 + lb; [164cm] 145 + lb
- Recommended Use:
- all-mountain, freestyle
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 year