You don’t have to wear black and cackle like a diabolical super-villain, but we highly recommend it.
- C2 Power Banana shape places camber under your feet and rocker in-between for a loose, fun ride that still carves through turns
- Columbian Gold core uses snowboard-specific, genetically-engineered wood for insane pop and light weight
- 3D Bamboo Org throttles raise your bindings slightly for increased turning power
- Magne-Traction edges add five contact points to offer exceptional grip, even on icy snow
- Basalt fibers are blended with traditional fiberglass for a more eco-friendly construction that increases pop and dampens the ride
- 3D power transfer spines improve energy transmission to edges
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I love this board...
I've always liked anything Lib Tech and prefer these boards over any other. Great ride, flex and edge.
This board rocks. I always thought the rider determined the boards performance until I rode the dark. The C2 technology floats on powder and carves like butter on the groomers. It takes a few runs to get used to the agressivnes of this board. Once you get used to it you realize just to let it go and enjoy the ride. Lib tech has made believer out of me.
Dark Dark Dark 165
Great board! I am a bigger rider. Size 13 shoe. Bought the Wide and don't have heel or toe overhang. This is my first Banana Tech and all I can say is I'm in love. I've been riding Burton Customs and Canyons for 15 years. I find this board responsive and easy to handle. Floats on the powder like a dream and rips down the groomers.
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!
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Luke-go to the dark side!!
I have last years Dark and the best I have ever strapped on.Unbelievable pop,control on all conditions,and relaxed powder riding!!!!So relaxed that on the steep and deep days you can acually roll up on the nose because you ride it like on a groomie!!!!Four to five stars from me!!!!
Looks way more awesome in person
I got this board for my hubby, he's a big guy and it looked like the best out there for his style. So it looks really cool on all the sites I looked at, including dogfunk, but when it arrived I was completely blown away by how awesome it really looks! I'd describe it but the man hasn't seen it yet, it's a welcome home present. I'm sure he's going to be totally stoked when he sees it and I'm excited to see how he likes it when we get it to the mountain. He'll probably want to give a follow up review. I know it's totally superficial of me but I give it 5 starts based solely on looks, if it doesn't ride well I'm hanging it on my wall as a work of art!
so i'm not a huge dude(6'2" 185lbs) and...
so i'm not a huge dude(6'2" 185lbs) and have been riding a 2006 nitro magnum 161 for a while and have been happy with it.. rarely ever ride park and and looking into this board or the Skunk ape.. which is a better choice? why?
What is your foot size?
I'm your same build and love the 61 Dark Series.
The Dark Series is more of a directional all mountain freeride deck.
The Skunk is a wide versatile freestyle board.
Go Dark Series. Better core, Bamboo Risers built in, more the shape you're looking for.