Travis Rice’s backcountry-slaughtering weapon of choice.
- C2 Power Banana features rocker between feet and camber in the tip and tail for a versatile blend of deep-snow float, catch-free fun, and reliable edge control
- Pointy tip and tail enhance float in powder (both regular and switch) by at least 4.7%
- H-Pop core uses a variety of lightweight woods for ollie power and durability
- Axis Inversion fiberglass delivers reliable pop and edge grip
- Bio-plastic topsheet made from castor beans is good for the environment
- Sintered UHMW base absorbs tons of wax to keep you sliding fast
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Love this board! It's the best "All-Mountain" board I've owned. You can cruise groomers at top speed even when it's choppy, you can carve on ice and land drops and kickers with confidence. The board wants to be ridden hard and will reward you for doing so. I'm 5'11" and 180 and the 161.5 has been near perfect in most conditions. It floats on the powder but is more responsive than other boards it's size when you get into the tight tree turns. If you don't have the dough to throw down on a quiver, this board is a good one-stop shop.
This is the best board I have ever ridden and a huge upgrade over my Ride Serum. I agree with the previous poster that a one board quiver may not exist, but this board is about as close as it gets. I have the 164.5 and it is a dream in powder. I am 6'0" 185 and I can put all my weight on my front foot in all but the deepest powder without burying the nose. The board is med/high stiffness, but not so much that it doesn't seem playful. On groomers, the Magnetraction sings. I am able go substantially faster on this board than any other with no chatter at all. The 164.5 is somewhere not what I would call nimble neither is it a boat. You will not go wrong with this board in powder or destroying groomers.
Just rode the 157 T Rice without horsepower for 7 days in Whistler with Union Force SL bindings. Im not as in love with it as everybody else. This is the second time Ive tried to buy a board that is supposed to do everything well and eliminate the need for multiple boards, and again I think it comes up a little short. On the positive side, magnetraction is the truth. The thing carves beautifully and holds a nice edge, even in dust on crust conditions. Noticeably better than the burton edges I think. The graphics on the the topsheet and bottom are pretty sick.
Regarding the camber and flex: This thing, like all the lib techs and the burton flying V and a bunch of other boards has like 16 different cambers in it. The end result, I think, is the thing basically rides and feels and pops like a traditional camber board. Not that thats a bad thing at all, just to me I thought the thing was marketed as being closer to a rocker bottom and it's not. In some aspects it's a good thing, its stiff and dependable in the steeps with no sketchiness like in rocker boards and it has a ton of pop. On the down side, the thing definitely does NOT ride like a longer board. The 157 feels like a 157. Im pretty in love with reverse camber in pow and I thought this board felt really short in the pow. I was disappointed in the float. The blunt tip wasn't helping in the deep snow either, though maybe thats psychological. In the same vein, I felt like on the flats it rides like a regular camber so its just not as buttery and playful as a reverse camber board.
The construction seems just awesome. The top sheet is really scratch resistent. Hit a couple little sticks and exposed rock and cant find a flaw on the base anywhere. It feels really, really solid. Better than my burtons actually. Some time ago I think Lib Tech caught flak for construction issues - I think if that were ever true it is ancient history.
Overall, not totally sold. Don't get me wrong. This board is pretty sick overall and can obviously take you anywhere and the board is only a small contribution to how good you ride. I do think though that not even this board can do everything great - its more of a jack of all trades, master of none situation.
I guess my problem isnt the board at all- just the concept of a one board quiver. Im done trying. If I could have my money back, Id get the T Rice in the 161 or 164 for big powder days and a 154 in some reverse camber park type board and pick one or the other depending on the conditions.
Oh - last thing. When I bought I couldn't decide on the horsepower or not. Id say save your money - this board is as stiff as you could ever want and I thought the horsepower looked kind of purple in person and not as good. The horsepower seems like a low volume board thats marketing more than anything.
Hope this review helped someone. Backcountry is a sick company - keep it up guys.
How wide is this board?
I have a size 13 boot, and want to make sure I don't get any drag.
You'll be fine with this board. A waist width of around 260mm or bigger will be fine for you.
I bought this board and within two days the wood pealed away from the edge exposing the wood inside on both sides of my back foot. The board rides great i liked it a lot. I usually ride in heavy powder and the board has great response along with lots of pop in the park. I'm not sure if it was because of the magna traction edge is why this board did this. ANd its a Transworld Snowboard 2011 Good Wood selection i'm confused has this happened to anyone.
Okay I've been looking around and am pretty set on this board. The only problem being my sizing. I"m 6' at 210 lbs with 11.5 snowboard boots. I like to hit the park from time to time but only really play with kickers and jumps. Otherwise I'm on powder, groomers, or trees. Out of all your wisdom would you recommend the 161.5 or 164.5?
I'm 6'3" 205, and I used to ride an Option Supercharger 168 back in the day. It was great for powder days and steep groomers, but a little on the heavy side, not great for spinning at all. So, I got a Forum Team 160, and I like it OK, but it gets sketchy at higher speeds, and definitely can't handle pow like the Option could. I wish I would have gone somewhere in between the 160 and 168, which is right at a 164. My next board will be this one (T.Rice 164) or the Never Summer Legacy (similar board, slightly less stiff than this one, also a rocker) in the 164 range.
So, at your weight, I would recommend the 164. Just my $.02
I bought the T.Rice on a whim replacing a Ride 156 Mikey Leblanc(2004). I purchsed it for the slightly deeper side can than the TRS. Anyway here's the review:
Magnetraction - first time i tried it - works very well, others on the Hill(Blue Mountain, Ontario) were complaining of icey spots - I didnt notice any until I started lokoing for them.
Powder - floated nicely
Trees - Floated though easy to turn
Groomers - Very easy to intiiate turns and power carve
Feels stable at high speeds, easy top break loose and butter.
Only negative is that it didnt have quiate as much pop as I expected, but it was still enough for me.
I write this as a user of the 2009 (last year's) T Rice C2 BTX 164.5 but thought I would write it here as very little has changed.
I am an aggressive rider surfing the earth since 1989; 6'0", 200 lbs., 22.5" 12 front -6 back stance, with 9.5 peds. I am a little out of shape, but I ride hard and charge as much as my body can live up to my mind's perception of what I used to rip like... I grew up in North Idaho and love steep, deep, and backcountry riding...but I now reside in Northern MN where I drive 3.75 hours with my kids every Saturday to ride 500 vert of mostly man-made groomers. But I am also able to travel to such esoteric locations as SILVERTON, CO and home (Silver Mountain, ID) most years and last year w/ my T Rice was no exception.
What does this have to do with this review? The correlation is in that the fact that the T. Rice C2 BTX 164.5 ripped it all. I found myself hucking in MN off kickers my age had no right attempting but my mind could not relinquish...because this 'long board' excelled in a 'short board' world and could take the largest Giant's Ridge had to offer and was nimble enough to spin easily and super-solid to be able to go as big as my out of shape legs could push.
In the realm of POW and big mountain riding this board truly shows it merit. Charge hard my friend, you will experience the core rider inside of you clawing to get out. Floats great (I did set back 1"), pop is explosive, rides easily switch (even with a 1" stance setback), grips (C2 BTX) like a talon, and handles aggressive riding naturally. It will take whatever you throw at it and ask for more, don't be shy with her.
I was not disappointed in this board in anyway, and I used it in a variety of conditions, locales, and situations. Fun, dynamic, phat.
Big decision here, Im 6'0 150 lbs. and sz 13 boot. Do I go with the Lib Technologies T.Rice Pro Model C2 BTX 161.5 board or the Lib Technologies Skunk Ape C2 BTX Snowboard - 157 Wide? I know I need a wide board because of the big feet but the Trice is already wide too. So will there be overhang with the Trice or what? any suggestions. Was prob goina go with the Union asdachi 3 bindings also. Please throw some advice my way. Peace
face shot at A basin, CO in 10+ inches of fluffy goodness
-TRICE 161.5 w/ union force
This board almost floats like a pow deck when off piste then holds an edge on the groomer to the lift..
Get a man's board. Travis is better than everyone at riding and his Pro Model C2 Power Banana is better than every other snowboard. Wide, stiff, and pops like a pogo-stick! You get the best of both worlds with camber in the tip and tail and banana between your feet! The result is massive amounts of float with out sacrificing the stability that camber provides in the nose and tail. If you wanna step it up a few notches and start charging more like T. Rice and less like your girlfreind, then get this board and welcome yourself to the big boy club.
Being snowed in at Utah's Legendary Snowbird is the real deal. Just like Travis Rice's C2BTX Pro Model. Hands down my favorite snowboard of all time. Strong, wide and powerful. Get one and step your game up!
I have the 09/10 164,5 model of this board and as i can see there is not much of a difference between 09/10 and 10/11. The board is amazing, it floats really well and its a really playful board. It even works on the hardpack! The sidewall is really good as well, it has gotten a lot of beating from rocks but it is still intact. As an all-mountain board this is really good, but as a big-mountain board I would prefer a stiffer board without the C2 btx, but just a nose rocker instead. This rocker does not give me the pop and support in the tail that I want in big-mountain riding
What bindings do you recommend for this board?
supp dan,, if i were you,, i'd get some _Union binders,, either in the contact pro,, which is black/yellow(one color option only),, DannyKass,, which is purplevelvet/Gold/black,, or some black/orange Flite's.. Force's are ALWAYS a good decision too,, hope this helps..//
Cartels, Co2's, targas, something stiff.. It's a wider deck so you need something with response. I initially had union forces on it and needed more response... Ended up with 2011 cartels! Perfect.
Flow, hands down fan for ~6 years: quick-and-easy-in, quick-and-easy-out; great adjust ability (NXT-AT or above especially); solid and tech construction; feels good on the foot. Only downside to Flow is transport as they don't fold down as nice as traditional highbacks, but I'll take that any day as the only con to a very solid product. Try it, you'll be surprised.
What is the difference between the t. Rice, TRS, and the GNU ALTERED genetics?
I'm intermediate skill level, looking for an all mountain killer. am i barking up the right tree here?
No u looking up the right tree mate!!! we've just finished our season here downunder and I did 20+ days on mine in all terain and snow conditions and 10/10 the best I've owned hands dwn!!! you wont be disappointed!!!!
the TRS has an extruded base so it wont be as fast but you will be able to skip a day or too on wax. It will be a little softer than a T.Rice so it will be able to kill it in the park a little. Will handle kickers, pow, and groomers.
The T.Rice just goes big. Sintered base is super fast, you will need to keep up on waxing though. A little stiffer than the TRS so it can handle big kickers and will go as fast as your willing to go and handle it with ease. The board is made to go huge and kill it in powder.
I personally ride Last years Trice with BTX and the Trice from 2006 with just MTX.
Altered genetics is sick, has a sweet combo wood core, but is more directional, where the TRS and Trice are more twin shape. Nicest, highest quality board Gnu makes, I would stay away unless you know you want it.
You will have way more fun with a TRS, a T.Rice would be more than you need, and the Altered Genetics wouldnt be as fun.
It is a sick board but it will only truly shine if you are an experienced and aggressive rider. If you are intermediate, I would look hard at the TRS--Good Wood winner a bunch of years (3+) in a row, a little softer flex, but still able to slay. Work up to the T Rice, you won't be disappointed.