Just picked mine up last weekend after doing tons of reserach and looking for the board. I picked mine up in the 158wide, went out and won a local Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge event in 26-35 year old mens category and qualified myself for finals that way. I've ridden a wide variety of boards over many years, competed in USASA, been to USASA Nationals, and done a bunch of other events along with coached an OISA team for a while
First off, this board is far meaner than the CustomX. It compares more to the Burton T7 if anything, a board I've competed in boardercross on. It has an ultra fast base, very stiff ride, aggressive camber and sidecut with full magnetraction. CustomX is in the same vicinity as this board, sure... but still a tame board compared to this.
This board is a hard pack killer. It's camber dominant, but has the dual camber profile to it which I really enjoy and I feel provides the best edge pressure distribution of any board I've ridden. It is FAST. I picked the board up, did multiple deep soaks with graphite wax, and hauled serious ass all day. Excellent quality! The board is stiff. For anyone coming off of a freestyle oriented board, this board will feel vague and grabby. It powers through everything though and doesn't have much torsional flex, which comes across as feedback. This board is stable at high speeds. A lot of the other Libtech profiles go a bit too strong on the reverse camber portion in he middle, and this results in less pressure on the full edge length. Not the case with this board. Your pressure is very evenly distributed across the entire edge length. The boards edge hold is unparalleled by any board I've ridden in the lib line or any other brand. This however is a mixed blessing. It will stick wherever you put it, including stick you your face if you aren't completely on your game. Combine that with how fast it is, and you can see how this board is quick to bite newer riders.
For freestyle I wouldn't bother with it on rails or boxes or the like. Not enough flex to press much. Excellent for big jumps. Carry in huge speed with strong pop and send it for days. Load the camber up spinning backside and reap the rewards. Land and bite down with your edge and ride away fast and smooth. I haven't taken this in the pipe but I'd bet dollars to donuts it slays pipe. It won't noodle out when you come off the wall hauling balls, it will hold more than you can probably put into it.
Overall, glad I purchased it for my one season on the iceacoast and the occasional speed oriented event (boarderX, banked slalom, slalom). Definitely a board that is part of a quiver though.
If I needed one do it all board from the libtech line, I'd look more at the Libtech Hotknife or TRS. Hotknife for east coast or jump and pipe riders, TRS for places likely to get pow dumps or kids looking to rock rails.
Last edited by shredjesse; 01-29-2014 at 03:43 PM.