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Gear Review

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this board is--how do you say it?... god-like.

I ride a 2010 Lib Tech MC Kink 153, and it is one of my favorite boards that I have ever ridden; among the K2 Weapon, Ride DH2, and there have been a few other sticks that I have demo'd. The MC Kink is superbly responsive, and the ride control is a 10 out of 10. Solid icy conditions? No problem, this Lib Tech's Magne-Traction is unmatched by any other board. This board's base is indestructible. I ride it over everything, even the occasional rock. Still, I have yet to go through the first layer of the first layer of p-tex. A misconception about reversed cambered boards is that they do exceptionally well in the powder. I have to somewhat disagree with this. Although it does a little better in the powder than my non-rocker K2 WWW (152), it is not enough to say that it is impeccable. Maybe, if it were a 160+ it would make more of a difference, but then it wouldnt be much of a jib board. Although this board is my favorite combination of features, it is lacking a few features that I have had to accommodate for. One being its physical flexibility. Compared to my buddy's Skate Banana BTX, this board is 2/3 as flexible, which makes it harder to get the tips in the air during butters. The MC Kink, though, has noticeably more stable landings because of its stiffer stature. To me, another con to all Banana Traction boards, is that their edges only run the length of the deck. That is, they don't wrap around the nose and tail. Just in the start of this season and all last season, I bent the edge had to repair it with a hammer and dolly multiple times (after hitting a rock or tree, ect.) I never have had to do that with any other board with the full wrap-around, sturdier edges. This is something that all Skate Banana riders are aware of, yet they love their whip enough that this is minor. Plus, after the simple repairs the stick rides like new. The pros definitely outweigh the cons of this snowboard. It is a tough, buttery, poppy son of a stick that opens new doors in the progressive sport of snowboarding. I think it is definitely worth it to exchange the noodley, butterific boards for the MC Kink's moderate butterability, and its stability control at high speeds and off of the jumps. This is an 'almost perfect' all-mountain board that definitely deserves some attention.