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Old 11-30-2010, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2011 Lib Tech T.Rice review

Height: 5'5"
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.

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Is that a little better? haha
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didnt want to make a new thread for the T rice seeing as this was on the first page.

setup used: 157 Travis Rice, Rome 390 boss. Nike boots.

yesterday was my first day on my 11 Lib T Rice. Wow is all i have to say. i could not find a bad thing about the board. i find it to be a bit softer than the 7 stiffness rating. it is by far one of the most stable boards i have ridden. there were also tons of ice patches that other riders were pointing out, and i didnt even notice. everything is effortlessly smooth on the T rice it seems. the pop is amazing. i found myself doing lofty ollies and 180s with ease. i also did not catch an edge the entire day. even in situations i would have with almost any other board.

amazing stabilty, speed, and pop with just the right amount of flex makes the T. Rice my ultimate all mountain board. 10/10.
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I just hope my T.Rice doesn't get the delam/durability problems that some people complained about. I love this board.
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Just rode the T.Rice again. I take my words back, it is definitely a stiff board, maybe around 7/10 for flex. Really stiff underfoot. Base was pretty dry after 1 day riding.
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Skip11: I think I made some posts about it last season, but I urge you to get your boots properly fitted. If you can't find a snowboard shop that will do it, find a ski shop. You shouldn't have pain/numbness when you ride. Prolonged numbness can cause permanent nerve damage and foot problems. I recommend doing some research on some insoles and trying them out in a store, then as I said, having your boot properly fit to your foot.
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Hey, thanks for the advice Phile. I am using insoles (ShredSoles). The pain usually comes towards noon (usually start riding at 9) and when I'm on my toeside for a long time (Cat track/traverse). I have a feeling that it might be my foot muscles are not usually used and now being used that's causing the pain. I'm gonna try riding a few more times and get new boots if it doesn't improve. The pain is from the balls of my foot all the way across the the foot, I have no arch problem whatsoever.
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Hey, thanks for the advice Phile. I am using insoles (ShredSoles). The pain usually comes towards noon (usually start riding at 9) and when I'm on my toeside for a long time (Cat track/traverse). I have a feeling that it might be my foot muscles are not usually used and now being used that's causing the pain. I'm gonna try riding a few more times and get new boots if it doesn't improve. The pain is from the balls of my foot all the way across the the foot, I have no arch problem whatsoever.
Boots make the setup. With comfortable boots, you could be riding a piece of plywood and have a better time. Insoles or not, you should get your boot custom fitted. Some boots, just like shoes, don't work for certain people. If a shop can't make the boots you have more comfortable, get a new pair, and make sure you try on a ton of different boots.
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