So i know that there have been a lot of threads on btx and mtx, but i was wondering which one i should get as i have never ridden either and am planning on getting lib tech's skunk ape. i just wanted peoples thoughts and advice. My snowboarding experience is 5 seasons doing free riding but now i'm getting into basic park stuff and still doing free riding, plus hauling ass whenever possible. i'm 6'2" and about 180lbs. with size 13 boots, yes i'm a Sasquatch.
Magnetraction+Banana=BTX aka Banana Traction
magnetraction+camber(regular)=MTX or Magnetraction.
both of these are personal preference, many feel like magnetraction is too grippy, but there are also a fair share of people who love it. rocker is what it is, you just gotta try it out and see if it tickles your fancy..
I ride a GNU with MTX and this year im looking onto something with BTX (but not very sure yet) I can tell you that boards with MTX are sketchy at first but after a little detuning the catchy edges give way. I can honestly say that MTX saved my ass a couple of times last season.
if you can't demo ether, i would go with the btx. I was on a mullet btx this year and any negative effects felt while free riding are overcome with a little tweak to technique, keeping your weight centered through out the turn. The playfulness of the btx is wonderful i was able to butter and spin a 165 pow board whenever i wanted. If you ride much powder then the btx is a leg saver for sure. As for the mag. on both boards, honestly i didn't notice it much unless i was on a icy traverse when it was really nice.
I rode a Roxy Envi with MTX for a few years before getting a Gnu Bnice BTX this year and it is the best thing that has ever happened. I live on the west coast so ice isn't really an issue but there are no down sides to the MTX edges. You don't need to detune them to slide rails, I have never had my edges catch (although it takes a little time to get used to them)
As for the banana..as soon as I took my first run on it, i was in love. It took me a good 2 or 3 days to really get to know the board (but it is like that with any new board), but once I did, I have never loved a board as much as I love this one.
The skunk ape is a great choice in the btx for an all around board (especially for large feet). i would, without question, go for the banana.