The Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX Original Wide snowboard is the same Skate Banana you know and love, except it's wider. OG Banana Tech rocker makes it a breeze to ride whether you're sessioning rails or sending pillow lines. Magnetraction edges get insane grip even on ice and hardpack. The Skate Banana has already won about a million awards. Plus, it's built by eco-conscious rippers in the US near Canada. Go bananas!
The Skate Banana is built on Lib's BTX rocker profile. Basically, that means that there's rocker between the bindings, while the tip and tail have the slightest bit of camber. The result is a loose, catch free ride that gives you enough pressure at the ends to charge hard. It gets better with Magnetraction edges, which place seven strategic bumps along the edges. The bumps are bigger between the feet, which concentrates most of the grip there for a ride feeling that's more like a skateboard and less like standing on some old timer's skis. Plus it's a true twin, for unrestricted switch shredding.
The H Pop core uses fast growing, sustainably harvested wood for a board that's light, and snappy. Power Transfer internal sidewalls crank up the durability, and they're buffered by UHMW external sidewalls for impact resistance. The Teflon infused TNT base holds up to jibbing and runs fast even when you forget to wax it for a few days. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing that your snowboard was built with Eco friendly materials by snowboarders with jobs.
- Rocker between bindings, slight camber at tip and tail
- Twin shape
- Twin sidecut
- Magnetraction edges
- H Pop core
- TNT Teflon infused base
- Power Transfer internal sidewalls
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Good for backcountry and snowkiting
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this board for snowkiting and backcountry downhill riding. I wanted something that was rockered and big so it would float in deep snow. That's also why I got the longest and widest version, 162 wide. I also wanted something that wasn't cambered too much so that the board wouldn't hook upwind too much when trying to maintain a straight reach. That way you aren't fighting to keep the board from hooking upwind which wears out your quads pretty quickly with a standard cambered board with standard sidecut. Since we often encounter sections of windblown snow while snow kiting I wanted the benefit of the MagneTraction edge. The board performed exactly as I expected on the two days I snow kited with it this spring. One day was on a couple inches of fresh and the other day was on about a foot or more of fresh. The tip stayed up just fine on the deeper day. I will see how it performs when it is deeper and the snow is lighter during those cold midwinter days. I rode it downhill in the backcountry one day over some wind drifts and into pockets of deeper snow. It did fine in the deeper snow but was a little loose for my tastes on the harder windblown snow. I also rode it at the resort one day after a 6 inch dump. It was great in the trees because it slides around easily and it was good in the bumps because it followed the contours of the ruts instead of springing you out of them. You have to stay centered and not rely too much on the tail to save you if you end up in the back seat because it washes out more than a normal cambered board. It was also really hard to keep tracking straight on cat tracks. Because the rocker starts at the center between your feet, you can really feel it get squirrely if you have your weight directly over center. It?s hard to stay in a tucked position over the front of the board because the back of the board is basically off the snow so you don?t have any steering. You have to adjust and sit back a bit over the tail to get control.