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01-14-2014 11:01 PM
CARBONREVIEWS
lib tech skate banana!

Aright here is what i have to say about the "Skate Banana",this board intrigued me before i bought it. I had heard so many good things about it and i thought hey sounds like a quality all mountain board right? well in a sense yes but in another sense no, The skate banana is an amazing park board and an awesome board for resort and hard pack but that is the thing.... this board is marketed as an "All-Mountain Board" and upsetingly i think it is fair to say it did not comply to it's fullest in powder. For the money there are many other boards that could be purchased at a lesser value that have the same or even better specs and abilities. The first problem i had was that the P-Tex is very easily damaged and even though it is a cheap repair it is still an inconvenience. The second problem was that the metal edges were not durable to an extent. Another problem i had was that with it being an all mountain board it does not ride as well as other boards in powder. i know for a fact that for $549.99CA there are numerous boards that could relic the sufficient float needed even after adjusting bindings to a float stance (back a notch or to towards the tail) all in all as i do complain it is an awesome board and i would buy another if i had to but i can complain about little improvements it could use (stronger core,little higher on flex scale,and a little lighter) i do suggest just doing your research into boards such as the capita DOA or the FK'N awesome, or the DC Mega, but anyways if you can find this board for under 400$ go right the hell for it i give it 3 thumbs up
12-26-2010 07:07 PM
slyder
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Originally Posted by --bigtime-- View Post
Hey Slyder. How do you like Flows on your banana???
Are those this years NXT-ATs???
Thinking about putting M-9s on mine.
I'm pretty sure those are last years model 09/10. I love them I am new so I can't tell you about the flexibility but they haven't hindered my riding at all. I love the power straps, I have "zero" strap pain. When I press my foot front/back my board flexes and turns. The speed and comfort are awesome like I said.
I had Bent Metal last year and these are light years ahead of them.

My oldest boy has M9's and the younger has "Five's". I prefer the design of the M9's the ratchets point up so snow doesn't pack in the ratchets and click them. This is happening to the Five's I had to zip tie the ratchets down to prevent this.

-Slyder
12-26-2010 05:55 PM
seanboobs
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Originally Posted by ev13wt View Post
^^ You can't butter a 360 but you are doing 40 foot kicker?.

Ah yes, the world we live in eh? I could never get those damn butters with my stiff board (the board I used for free ride/kickers). So yes, I see how ass-backwards that is but it is just my learning style.



Roundabout- it was only my front foot (hadn't taken it out in 20 or so runs). I also tightened it wayyyy to much, adding 1 extra click per run (I think I got it tightened all of the way). So it was about 95% human error, but it did still take 10 or so minutes of struggling, worth it though! But that is getting specific, in general it is just annoying that the top has that little plastic mechanism to unstrap fast, but the bottom doesn't. A tip to whoever is having that problem, push down the front too as your pulling up the back. It goes smoother that way.
12-25-2010 08:19 PM
Roundabout136 I don't have any problems unstrapping from the forces, they come off buttery smooth. Is it that difficult to get off?
12-25-2010 08:19 PM
--bigtime--
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Originally Posted by slyder View Post
I don't have any real experience as this is my 2nd year and 2nd board. But I love mine. Starting park and park jumps, I am still a learning newbie but have been greatly enjoying this board.

I never understood the bashing and hate that this board has seen!! But the board is working for me



-Slyder
Hey Slyder. How do you like Flows on your banana???
Are those this years NXT-ATs???
Thinking about putting M-9s on mine.
12-25-2010 04:58 PM
StarCommand I skinned my knuckles trying to get the toe ratchet loose on my Forces this past weekend. Really enjoyed that. Cursed Union through the throbbing, but by the time I got to the bottom of the slope and felt how responsive and fantastic the bindings were, I forgot about the pain and decided I'd gladly shred my knuckles every time I unstrapped.
12-25-2010 04:44 PM
ev13wt ^^ You can't butter a 360 but you are doing 40 foot kicker?

Sounds to me like you are repeating what you read.


Board is a great one, hasn't let me down.
12-25-2010 11:59 AM
seanboobs
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Originally Posted by snowboarder1 View Post
i was considering buying a skate banana after this season, i ride just alot of park i want a board that can carve well, hit jumps, has a lot of pop, and good for butters and boxes is this the board for me or should i look elsewhere?
Yes this board will be perfect! Shawnee mountain (my local mountain) is about 97% ice, it was HORRIBLE for carving on my old boards/most other peoples. With the Skate banana I still get an edge hold in push-up position. Crazy for carving. I have never successfully done a 180,360, etc. butter before this board. On my first run I decided to go for it, 360 butter and slid away like a pro. It also has incredible "suction" on boxes/rails. Wether it is board slide, tail/nose slides, or even 50-50's it was great on a box/rails! Also, before the mtn. I was getting 2-2 1/2 foot ollies, I can still get around 2 feet at top speed. Really great pop! For the jumps, the board has great pop and an excellent landing. But it did slightly disappoint on 40 foot kickers. Nothing too bad at all, but just a slightly squirrelly landing.

So all in all, yes this board would be a great fit for you. That is, unless your going insane over 40+ foot jumps, then i'd look into a board designed for just that. Happy shredding
12-25-2010 11:52 AM
slyder I don't have any real experience as this is my 2nd year and 2nd board. But I love mine. Starting park and park jumps, I am still a learning newbie but have been greatly enjoying this board.

I never understood the bashing and hate that this board has seen!! But the board is working for me



-Slyder
12-25-2010 11:31 AM
Love2board33 Wow Roundabout this is a very well detailed review!
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