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Old 10-23-2010, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at one of these for all mountain riding, no park but something that is reasonable in powder and can handle the odd natural jump/drop. I'm 5'10'', 160lbs with gear on, size 10 boot.

Big fan of Lib after using a friends TRS for a day last season, question is what size/board between the 157 T.Rice/TRS or the 159 TRS.

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1: After checking them at my local shop, the TRS 159 and 157 T.Rice are exactly the same length. This surprised me at first but I guess it is to with sidecuts and effective edge. Can somebody help me with the difference, will one board turn quicker than the other?
2: Is the T.Rice much stiffer than the TRS in real life, according to Lib TRS is a 6 flex, T.Rice 7 so does not appear to be much in it.
3: Is the T.Rice 'HP' lightweight model worth the extra $$$, would it help in powder?

Rode a Yes 156.5 last year and it was great for gunning it all over the mountain, especially through chop/crud. Found it almost too stiff for my level and hard work in powder at times due to narrow waist.

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Old 10-23-2010, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mervin (lib/gnu) does seem to have some weird length issue going on. My GNU 157 actually measures 155. They didn't reply to my email inquiring about it.

The T-Rice is noticeably stiffer than the TRS. It would only be better for you if you're riding some pretty gnar terrain with big drops or big jumps.
I suggest you get the TRS 157.
For your size it's great. You definitely don't need it any longer or stiffer. You could even step down to a 154 if you were riding mainly park (which you're not) so it's the 157 for sure.

Either of those boards will be excellent in powder.
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Mervin (lib/gnu) does seem to have some weird length issue going on. My GNU 157 actually measures 155. They didn't reply to my email inquiring about it.

The T-Rice is noticeably stiffer than the TRS. It would only be better for you if you're riding some pretty gnar terrain with big drops or big jumps.
I suggest you get the TRS 157.
For your size it's great. You definitely don't need it any longer or stiffer. You could even step down to a 154 if you were riding mainly park (which you're not) so it's the 157 for sure.

Either of those boards will be excellent in powder.
Agreed! I have a first gen 154 TRS BTX as my dick around park board and a 157 Trice C2 as my all mountain destroyer.... the TRice would definitely be riding you at your weight. BTW, I'm 5'5" 170 w/o gear.
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I recently go the TRS because I wanted all-mountain which inlcuded some park. If you have no desire for park I would T-Rice. My buddy has a T-Rice and he's ridden the TRS as well, and says the T-Rice is much stiffer. I'm 5'11 180lbs size 11 boot and I got the 157, again b/c I wanted to some park riding. But if you see yourself staying out of the park and then go with a 159.
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Having owned a couple TRS's in MTX and BTX versions and various lengths, I can say it's a very ho hum board. Maybe the new C2 is alot better, but I'd go with the T.Rice.
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Having owned a couple TRS's in MTX and BTX versions and various lengths, I can say it's a very ho hum board. Maybe the new C2 is alot better, but I'd go with the T.Rice.
I love my 163 TRS BTX! Best board I have ever had the pleasure of riding. The edge reliability is awesome on the ice...as for pow, well I ride in MN and we dont have jack for POW, but I'd absolutely recommend. As far as ho hum...I disagree, but I've never ridden a NS or Bataleon.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice,leaning towards the 157TRS.

Anybody have thoughts about how contact length/sidecut radius effects a boards ride in general?
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