A big banana to match your big feet.
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I loved this board from my first ride. I wanted to try magna-tracion from the start and now I can't see how I ever rode without it. I'm now tryin to save up for the new 2010 model w/ banana traction. This board feels super light and ready for everything. Mervin Boards tech is sick. Worth the $ all day. Graphics are insane. Nuff said.
The Future is here
Banana Tech is awesome. This board Floats in the deep stuff and rides short in the park. The magna edge is sweet in the pipe and allows me to traverse and hold a high line better than ever before. I started off centered on the true twin then moved my bindings back one set and it is great in all conditions. I probably won't ever buy a board that isn't reverse camber again.
Picked up this board last week and took it out to a pretty sick resort as far as east coast riding goes. Absolutely loved it! The first day typical east coast conditions proved this thing can handle ANYTHING, and after 12" of fresh pow over Saturday night, I saw yesterday how truely awesome this thing can ride. Totally ripped the mountain all day long and would recommend this board to anyone. Cant wait to get it out west.
A new ride, a new feel
I've only ridden this board once. I found it to be squirrly and responsive all at once. In the deep powder I didn't notice any difference in the float. You still have to lean back (not too much) and keep the tip up. It's a fun ride on the groomers. It feels like your riding on the center of the board even side to side. It grips great on the hard pack. I detuned my tip and tail, and am now wondering if that was a smart move. It really likes to slide around just like a banana. I think I need a couple of more days of riding to have a strong opinion either way.
I'm 225 lbs, size 12. I am thinking 167...
I'm 225 lbs, size 12. I am thinking 167 or 172?I want to use this board fro hardpacked and for big powder dumps.Lib makes the board in banna version for 167 but no banna version for 172.My concern is that for powder I want to go bigger but then I can'tget the bannana tech version. Should I go longer for powder without the bannana tech (172) or go shorter (167) with the banna tech? My sense is the bannana tech rocks in the powder and I shouldn't go longer for the sake of longer and miss out on the advantages of the banana tech. Correct?
You got it dude. The banana tech will make you float better than 5 cm, which really isnt that much. A big misconception is that length is how to rock pow, but what really makes you float is the shape of the board.
grips like crazy
I understand the love/hate relationship with this board. I bought it with a lot of enthusiasm, then really struggled to ride it well. Some other guy up at June Lake encouraged me to quit letting the board throw me around and boss it around a bit. What a difference! My old Ride Timeless got so easy to ride that I got lazy. I initially got this board so that my 235 lbs would not skid down Cornice or Scotty's on a hard/icy day. It worked! Your cannot believe how this board grips on that type of surface. On softer stuff, you just have to be aware that smaller inputs are going to result in a reaction from the board (unlike conventional technology boards) I also used it on a week Heli trip in Crescent Spur, BC, Canada. Floated like a butterfly.
Here's something that works!
People have been riding cambered snowboards for so many years that sometimes when they get on a board with Banana tech, they still try to ride it like a board with camber. If you loosen up and focus your energy to the center of the board and not the tip/tail, you'll discover that it is a truely better design. This graphic is also the sickest one out of Lib's entire line! You'll never find a better board to float powder on except maybe the snowmulet which is a little less versital.
Hated this board
I hated this board. Call me old-school and maybe I am but I don't like or understand reverse camber on this board. It made the board feel so out of control, I've been riding for a long time and had no confidence on this board. I think it's all hype. Give me something that works.