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Gear Review

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First Impressions

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only taken this board out once or twice...but it immediately showed me what it is capable of. It is a very stiff board when compared to the Lib Tech TRS (I have the dark series in 158, TRS in 157) and the Dark Series absolutely rips! I'm on the east coast and the winter is barely puttering along at the moment so my conditions may not match a lot of western riders experiences, but this thing has taken everything I've thrown at it with ease. bombing down a slope at 45 mph? No problem with this board. The number one thing I've noticed which I love is the added control you get with the bamboo org throttle plates. They're basically plates of bamboo where the grain is going perpendicular to the rest of the board and they're placed right under your bindings. The result? Increased control and a quicker edge to edge transition, and the added stiffness this board has really helps when going fast over icy terrain, my feet don't feel anywhere near as much shock as they do when riding the TRS. The base is fast, and I wax it with bluebird all temp wax.

If you're at all serious about ripping up your mountain, and want a board that will keep up, buy this thing.

I'm 5'10" ~200lbs and I ride the 158.