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SO glad that GNU has adopted the Banana technology! As if the Riders choice didn't already kill it, now it's got the ultimate snowboard construction!
I've had the chance to demo this board for a good portion of the last season and swear by it. The construction is tough, the pop is powerful and the fun has been increased by at least 35% !! The combo of the Mag and banana is what makes the construction really work. This thing is a perfect ALL AROUND killer! No more need of a quiver. Save yourself some serious cash and buy one snowboard that works better in EVERY condition than most snowboards in some conditions!
You'll never find a better jib board. Never. Oh yeah, then when you can actually afford a lift ticket and you take this mid-wide board up to the resort on a powder day, it will ride better than just about any other board on the mountain and float better too.
So buy a board just for their graphics and marketing, or buy this board that will perform and has sick graphics!
I've been riding this board for the last half of the 07-08 season and let me tell you it's by far the best snowboard thats ever been under my feet in all of the 15 years I've been riding!
If you thought the skate banana was good, wait till you rip this thing down the hill! The Dark is a bit stiffer, but very poppie. Quick edge to edge and super smoothe throught transitions. I prefer to ride it in backcountry situations or big park day's... I've ridden away and stomped things that i normally wouldn't or shouldn't have on a cambered board!
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.
Good luck to all the competition out there to make something as innovative as this that actually works as good as the Banana rocker! Here's the thing.... The Banana is kind of a basic construction, so if you're a killer shredder, it may be worth it to you to spend a couple extra bucks on another board with the banana rocker like the TRS, or Phoenix.
It will ride as good or better and it will hold up better under all the stress a talented rider will subject their board to.
The Lib Tech Skate Banana is the best snowboard I have ever ridden. I will never go back to regular camber or any fake banana "rocker" boards. the LIB banana is the only way to go- any condition, any terrain, it made me a better snowboarder. mervin for life!