yes, i had last year's (it broke) and now have this year's (thanks mervin!). i'm 5'6, 165, boot size 8.5. i ride a 157.
- there is definitely some c2 on this one. it's less wobbly at high speeds, but as a result it also wants to grab an edge earlier than the old model did. i'm ok with that. last year's was fun as shit because it felt like a banana, but for an "everything" board the slight c2 helps here.
- the construction is better on the topsheet. the edges of my board looked like total carnage because of lift lines. this year's seems to absorb the dents rather than getting all frayed and splintery. i haven't had to use any crazy glue yet, whereas last year i would have to apply it on dings after every other trip.
- only weirdness: i'm a bit concerned about construction on the metal edging. it looks like there are a bunch of gaps where they meet the board. it hasn't been a problem yet but i did take photos of it new in case i have to return it under warranty later.
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2010 banana magic
2010 ride spi
2010 new balance x 686 boot
My first board, going on season 3 now.
It's responsive, stiff, and fast. Has carbon Xes, so expect stiff (like Burton Custom X). Decent pop but really not flexible enough for freestyle unless you're a giant.
The name on this is wrong, it's McIver, as in "MacGyver" without a copyright lawsuit.
So basically what you get is:
What more can you ask for?
I'd read reviews that it was shoddily made. Doesn't seem so. It's pretty solid.
Location: Only Tahoe so far, will update if used elsewhere (just got them)
Summary: Got compliments on them while riding first chair of the day. Definitely sick looking goggles. Construction is impeccable, no excess glue visible, very stiff in the right places and bendable across the frame. There's no nose pinch, but there is nose pressure (that's the -1 star). I still had a bit more pressure than I'd like across the bridge of my nose and it would block airflow a bit. I'd pull them back off while riding chair back up and all was well. Peripheral vision is key here. You get more on the sides, but you still are aware of that inverted "V" right between your eyes. I'd considered the few other air force-pilot type options on backcountry (i think there's a POC and an Anon that take up half your face), but this had the nicest lenses of the bunch.
Originally got them in persimmon, but returned them for the iridium. Use the lens simulator on oakley.com to get an idea of what the difference is. The iridium is much better for bluebird skies and bright overcast, but I really began to lose contrast as the sun started going down.
Well put! It truly is through the sales of US-made boutique snowboards that China's communist society and economy thrives. I do hope someday that Lib Tech, and Mervin altogether, for that matter, return to their Marxist homeland and stop peddling their superior, high quality, innovative goods on the US market.
These are probably great for burton boards. But if your board has 4 hole binding mounts, you have to use the non-padded puck. The padding is only on the 3 hole (burton triangle pattern) mount. That was kind of a nasty surprise after reading such good reviews.
Also, the toe strap didn't really "cup" the front of the boot like the lexa/mission ones do.
it's weird, i see such good reviews of these on lots of sites, but they weren't right for a lib tech board and non-burton boots.
What you don't get out of the photos is that the topsheet graphics are all in glitter. The thing is just crazy looking when the light hits it.
Finally uploaded my own photos, see above