2011 Lib Tech T.Rice review
Weight: 150-152 lbs/68-69 kg
Boot: Burton size 10
I just got back from whistler this weekend and also bought the T.Rice 153 cm. I was set on buying Never Summer SL but I got a pretty good deal 20% off at this shop (but still 12% HST). Just a few info about myself, I’m still a beginner-intermediate, this is my 2nd season (including this weekend, a total of 12 days riding) so take the review for what it’s worth. I ride mostly in whistler/blackcomb and comfortable going down greens and blue runs, some groomed black. I like just crusing the mountain, making turns and carves, although I want to learn some small jumps this season.
Firstly, this board is soooo easyyy to turn and the magnetraction held its edges well in a carve. I didn’t find it too grippy or locked in as some people say. Edgehold is better than my Machete. When flat basing the board also feels a lot more stable than the Machete (I guess this is due to the camber at the tips). Sometimes the Machete wanted to grab the toe/heel edge if you’re flat basing it (squirrely I guess?). The board is also very forgiving, at times where I should have caught an edge it straighten up again. I still caught some edges towards the end of the day but that is probably my foot and calves getting tired (I have this horrible foot pain around the area of the balls of my feet, just feels numb/painful after 1-2 runs, even though I used insoles =( ).
The base is fast. I hit some small rocks under the snow, only very minor scratch that doesn’t affect performance. All in all, it’s a very nice board and definitely recommended for anyone looking for an all mountain board. Flex wise I’d give it around 6 maybe 6.5 at most, but the softer flex might be because of the smaller size. It's stiffer underfoot and softer where the banana is in the middle.
Last edited by skip11; 11-30-2010 at 10:45 PM.