Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Model Snowboard Review
Board: 2017 Lib Tech T. Rice Pro HP – Blunt Tip
Type: All Mountain True Twin
Camber Option: Rocker between the feet camber underfoot to the tips (Lib Tech C2 camber profile)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Whistler Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Conditions: Firm/icy groomers and fairly deep wet powder in the trees (about 5”-10”)
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Travis Rice Pro model is a versatile snowboard that is most at home when riding aggressively at higher speeds. Combining a rocker dominant profile with a medium stiff flex and 7-point Magne Traction this board is equipped to handle everything from big airs and deep powder to charging on icy terrain with reliable grip.
Powder: I am impressed with how much float the C2 camber profile provides. I found myself in many situations where I was landing in fairly deep untouched powder and also cruising on cat tracks covered in fresh snow and didn’t have to worry about the nose sinking once. Normally with twin snowboards you need to keep your weight more on your back leg to make sure you don’t sink under the powder, which can be very tiring; I didn’t have this issue with the T. Rice Pro. This snowboard performs well in powder even with your weight centered on both legs.
Carving & Edge Hold: This is THE standout feature on the snowboard for me. At slow speeds the board feels kind of funny and difficult to transition edge to edge, but once you pick up speed the boards personality begins to show. At speed you can feel the deeper all mountain sidecut want to throw you into hard arcing turns, and you are able to carve with all of your weight thrown in on both your heels and your toes without having to worry if the board might give; it wont slip. The limiting factor with carving is going to be your legs giving out from too much pressure. I have ridden many boards with different variations of Magne Traction and this one provides the most grip by a significant margin.
Flex: Stiff and aggressive flex throughout the length of the snowboard. The rocker dominant profile allows you to press a bit if you’re inclined to do so, but overall this thing is pretty rigid and takes some effort to bend. I would say right around a 7 out of 10.
Stability: Above average stability for a rocker dominant snowboard. I found the T. Rice Pro performs well in all kinds of variable terrain without any issue. High-speed carving, cruising over bumps on edge, high impact landings; this snowboard is able to charge through it all.
Jumps: If you see a natural feature and you want to hit it, you can feel confident this board is going to get you to the landing and support you on the ride out. I tested this board out on all kinds of natural features and it consistently held strong through high impact landings. Your legs will probably buckle before you have the chance to worry about the board washing out. Go big.
Recommendations: The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP is a great choice for the all-mountain rider who enjoys charging with speed and likes to get aggressive with their carves, having super-strong and reliable grip on ice is another huge bonus with this snowboard. I would recommend this board to intermediate riders and up due to the aggressive nature and high-speed performance of this snowboard.
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