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Gear Review

5 5

totally rad snowboard (TRS)!

first off my credentials: In the last 8 seasons i have spent a minimum of 50 days on the mountain...with most seasons nearing 70 days. I ride big mountain, backcountry, alpine, trees and steeps chutes and drops, cliffs and glades. I do not ride park (i've ended a season there before and i won't go back). i'm 26 and weigh 190 pounds at 6 feet. I would consider myself a super expert snowboarder and an average skier. I ride at mt. baker, stevens pass, alpental, and dabble at crystal.

Now the rewiew: Lib tech's TRS kills it! I wanted a sick pow board. knowing that i like big speed and big mountain i bought the 167...against the advice of everyone...after riding it all season i could have gone bigger...but we get huge dumps here in the northwest. It's not that i wasn't satisfied with the board...i was thrilled with it. Even at that size it was easy to control. It has great float from all the way back to straight centered. The board is lively with good pop and allows butters all day long. it navigates tight trees with ease, and is as easy to ride switch as it is regular.

However i believe that the banana tech is a pow specific technology...on the hardpack or ice i prefer my regular camber boards. I don't think that degrades the quality of the board at all...i think it grounds the fact of reality that one board cannot do it all. If you are a serious snowboarder...or one who prefers riding pow...this is a must have board in your quiver! Drop that fall line!