Add the Lib Tech T. Rice Banana Hammock to your quiver, and save it for special occasions—dumps bigger than… you get the point.
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Does anyone know where I can get this...
Does anyone know where I can get this board? I don't care if it's in bad condition, I need it for the graphic!! Thanks
Salty Peaks in Salt Lake City had it last time I was in there.
Killer POW Stick
OK, this board rocks. Not sure what the other guy is doing to 'bury' the nose but I have to think 'it's the indian, not the arrow' going on over there.
1) not bad at all on hard pack. took me a couple of runs to figure out how to ride it back oon the hard pack down by the lifts. you do a little more slashy/sliding turns then carve but once you figure it out you are golden.
2) it floats in pow from 3" to 3". no problems at all. i learned fwd on it in the pow and it stayed right on top of the snow. no burying the nose at all - i am 6' @ 185lbs.
3) it feels like a cadillac on the chopped up pow once people start crossing up all the powder. it must have air shocks hidden in the sidewalls somewhere ;)
i would say if you were up for it this board could replace your Fish (or tapered pow board) from your quiver. is that the best idea? probably not. i'll keep mine locked-n-loaded for days when we get 12"+ and use my Fish for the smaller dumps.
Overall this board gets 2 big thumbs up.
Review of the Banana Hammock
I'm a dedicated Arbor rider (the bigger and stiffer, the better), and I was looking for a powder board. I wanted the Rossi Big Gun swallowtail, but nobody has 'em, so I got a new Hammock.
I read a few (scant) reviews about how the board is "scary" on hardpack, and was a little worried, but so, I've heard, are swallowtails. It's a powder board, and a "jib" powder board, supposedly.
First off, the board feels small at only 160 cm. It is very wide. I wear a 12.5-13 boot and weigh about 170 lbs at 6.1'. This is the only board i've ever ridden that I can put my boots perpendicular to the board and not have ANY overhang on heel or toe. This meant i would have to lean a lot to get on an edge, and it's true.
I got to ride in a hardpack/windblown snow and about 2-3 feet of (heavyish) Utah powder on it last weekend.
This board will sink the nose, NO PROBLEM and send you straight on your face in the flat sections if you are not way in the backseat (i've since moved bindings back) since the nose is narrower than the midsection (as is the tail). If you are traversing on hardpack, take up a religion soon.
However, if you're lucky enough to find a nice, steep to semi-steep hill with powder, this board is ridiculous: best powder ride of my life and I cannot wait to get it out on some ridiculously steep stuff. It's stable, turns like a charm and is more buttery than a homemade biscuit. It's a powder board, only, and one, really, i think for people who are aware that it will take a LOT to keep it from catching an edge on any hardpack/traverse up to the powder, but if you get it in, let 'er rip (no nose diving on steeps, I could lean way forward on it and had no problems).
It's truly a one-sided board and not a quiver killer by any means, but a definite blast in powder. my 167 won't come out on powder days anymore.
***Update: buy a FIsh, forget the Hammock ENTIRELY, it's a waste of time. I never bring the Hammock out anymore, as the Fish is my powder/ice/groomer go-to board and quiver killer