2013 Lib-Tech TRS
Picked up this board a few months ago in the Dark color way and threw a set of Rome 390 Boss bindings on it. I've been riding a Skate Banana for almost three years now and decided that I would try a hybrid camber this time. So far I like the board a lot. For an all mountain board it's great, very stiff, and powerful in the turns too but I'm going to break this review down into three main catagories, stability, control, over all feel
1) Stability, the hybrid camber or C2 Banana tech is an up grade over the normal banana rocker that Lib-Tech is known for. At nuking speeds the board doesn't chatter and feels like its never out of control. Launching jumps either in the park or anywhere else feels solid. Powerful Ollies are easy on this stick unlike reverse camber boards and landings are much more stable too. Never once did it feel like the board was going to wash out at speed or from a harsh landing. But the hybrid camber does have a small flaw. You lose that catch free feeling rocker camber gives you in the Skate Banana.
2) Control, the Maga-Traction edges to me blow away most edges on the market right now in my opinion. And I give these reasons, more contact points per edge, can be ridden more de-tuned than most boards, and less time in matainence due to having to sharpen less. That being said, from the factory and out if the package I had to de-tune these edges due to how sharp they were and felt overly grabby. A few minutes with a gummi stone fixed this problem quickly. The overall stiffness of the board combined with the aggressive side cut made for easy control and savage edge control even in hard pack. Ice grip is good but not much better than most boards. I'm thinking if I kept the edges sharper it might hold better in ice. The hybrid camber even though can be catchy makes up for this with better control at high speed than rocker camber.
3) Over all board feel, the board inspires confidence to go bigger and is forgiving enough even being with it being as stiff as the board is. Most stiff boards seem to tire the rider out quicker but not this board. I'm comparing it against my Rome Mod when it comes to this. As fast as my Mod is the stiffness beats up my legs in chop. The TRS feels at home in chop, pow, groomers, and even in the trees too. Gives you the feeling that this board wants to charge all the time. But I can feel the performance if this board go down when ridden at slower speeds. So I would have to say that the TRS is not a beginner friendly board in any way. At slower speeds the edges feel like they drag and turn initiation isn't as sharp. Once you've got this bad boy at speed it feels like your riding a mountain destroying cruise missile.
In all great board as long as you like to charge down hill. Use the mountain as park and hit everything at high speed. The stiffness of the board I would say isn't ideal for the park and I haven't tried it there much for jibbing. But for jumps of any size the TRS is good to hit anything. For an all mountain board good for pow and sending it on jumps get one. If you're looking for a jib board there is better out ther "EG" Lib-Tech Skate Banana, now my dedicated park board.