Truly Magic Banana!!!
Ordered the board from backcountry & got it in 2 days w/ free ground shipping, nice! The board looks amazing, the entire top sheet/graphics sparkle like big pieces of glittler, really trippy! I got the 158wide to replace the 161wide mtx dark series I've been riding the last 2 seasons. Going 3cm shorter since u don't need as much length on a banana, I was deciding between the banana magic 158w & the dark series 158w c2btx. I really wanted to try c2btx but the 158 dark series has limited/narrow stance options, I'm 6'4" 190lbs & need some space between my feet, so I went w/ the banana magic. This board is a featherweight, my old dark series was one of the lightest boards I had ridden, well the banana magic at just under 7lbs is almost 1.5lbs lighter! Just want to clarify, this board does NOT have asymmetrical sidecuts like the park pickle, to my surprise it does appear to have mild c2btx! I laid the board on a large mirror & there is definitely rocker at the nose and tail, I put my wife's TRS btx on the mirror for comparison, no rocker, just banana. I'm not sure why Lib Tech didn't advertise the banana magic as c2btx, but after riding it, I don't care which it has, the board is amazing! Pop, stability, & carving is what this board is all about! Coming from a mtx(no banana) dark series, I have grown used to tons of pop & the banana magic delivers, my friend even commented after I did a cab 3 on flat ground, that he'd never seen me ollie that high! It's weird because it's so forgiving when doing presses and manuals, (for the serious jibber, look elsewhere, although it can still be pressed, it is too stiff, & better suited to a freestyle park/all mountain rider that occasionally hits rails) feels more flexible, but has so much pop, it must be a combo of bananas & basalt! Basalt is the future of snowboarding, not only is it environmentally friendly, but it makes the board feel stable, like there are shock absorbers built in and it's quiet due to less vibrations! Overall I can go really fast & stay more relaxed! Ironically, carving is where this board really shines! I never would have expected this board would carve so good and feel so responsive. The nose and tail are super wide allowing the sidecuts to be ridiculously deep, you can lean & throw your weight into turns like your riding a carve board, yet it's so responsive you can change directions & weave in & out like, well, like nothing I've ever ridden! This all equates to a board that truly rides like magic! If I could give it 10 stars, I would, it's expensive, but worth every penny! GET THIS BOARD, it makes snowboarding so much better!