Forget a magic bullet, this is the Magic Banana.
We're pretty sure the guys in Lib Tech's ExperiMental division are nuts, but if the outcome is boards like the Banana Magic BTX HP Wide snowboard, then maybe being crazy is alright. Between the Numerically Enhanced Banana profile for all-terrain shredding, and the eco-friendly Horsepower construction, you're looking at one of the most progressive boards from arguably the most innovative board builders around. For you big-footed rippers who don't discriminate between tree bonks, park laps and pillow lines, this just made your quiver obsolete.
The Banana Magic runs Lib's !BTX! Enhanced Banana profile. And while the specifics behind the magical blend are shrouded in mystery, what we do know is that it employs Lib's most aggressive rocker between the feet, for deep snow float and a friendly freestyle ride, and there's numerically-enhanced camber in the tip and tail for precision no matter the snow conditions. The result is more control than the Skate Banana, with more forgiveness than a C2 board, like the T. Rice pro. As you'd expect, it gets Magne-Traction edges, which place seven strategic bumps along the edges. The bumps are bigger between the feet, which concentrates most of the grip there for a ride that's a lot like a skateboard. The sidecut is tighter than the rest of Lib's lineup, for lightening fast response. The twin shape makes it ride exactly the same, switch or regular, for twice the tricks. Although it's a decidedly freestyle-oriented shape, a bunch of people run the Banana Magic for Mt. Baker's Legendary Banked Slalom every year too, which speaks to its near-limitless versatility.
Horsepower construction means that the Banana Magic forgoes traditional fiberglass in favor of environmentally friendly basalt fibers. The result is a more responsive, lighter board than traditional constructions, and it's stronger to boot. The Bio Beans top sheet is not only made from renewable materials, but it's sparkly, so you know it's good. The Columbian Gold core uses sustainably harvested wood for a board that's light, and snappy. Power Transfer internal sidewalls crank up the durability, and they're buffered by UHMW external sidewalls for impact resistance. Co Sint sintered base is the fastest in Lib's lineup, and it holds a bunch of wax to keep you flying around the mountain. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing that your snowboard was built in an environmentally conscious facility by snowboarders with jobs.
- !BTX! Enhanced Banana profile
- Horsepower construction
- Twin shape
- Magnetraction edges
- Columbian Gold core
- Co Sint sintered base
- Power Transfer internal sidewalls
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Love this board!!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was previously riding a 2010/2011 Dark Series 155W, the difference between these boards is literally night and day. I recently picked up the Banana Magic 162W and just an awesome board!! i love the flex, pop, and just the feel in general with in the outback, park, or whatever.
Banana Magic BTX HP 158 Wide
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Great board with awesome flex and pop for jumps. I'm 6'1. Smooth and fast on the groomers. Haven't gotten any powder lately but not worried about it performance there. I had a GNU for 7 years and finally upgraded and I definitely am happy with my choice. The only place where the board falls short is the graphic on the bottom. Compare my photo to graphic. Mine just says banana magic in white with the rest of the board being black in comparison to the advertisement with the graphics and lettering. No big deal but would have been cooler. Sick deck though! ...great service from backcountry