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Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Pointy Review

For the rider who likes to go big and fast
lib tech travis rice pro pointy snowboard review
Credit: Lib Tech
Price:  $660 List
Manufacturer:   Lib Tech
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2022
76
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SCORE


RANKED
#13 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 8.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 7.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 5.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

Lib Tech has been known to produce high-quality boards. The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Pointy stays consistent with that theme. Built for Travis Rice, this board is stiff and strong. Its stiff flex, long sidecut, and camber tip and tail to promote maximum stability in steep terrain. This charge-oriented character is reinforced with Magne Traction thrives in a wide array of conditions. The stiff flex made this board struggle in the playfulness metric. As to be expected of long, stiff boards. Overall this is a sturdy board made for riders looking to go fast and big. It will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
REASONS TO BUY
Well-made
Rails turns at high speeds
Good grip on hard pack
USA made
REASONS TO AVOID
On the heavier side
Not as playful as others
Challenging to ride on firm snow
Tricky to size
Editor's Note: This article was updated on December 7, 2022 to share the graphics for the latest T Rice Pro board, shown above. This year's topsheet art was designed by Schoph.

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Pros Well-made, rails turns at high speeds, good grip on hard pack, USA madeGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphics
Cons On the heavier side, not as playful as others, challenging to ride on firm snow, tricky to sizeNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpack
Bottom Line For the rider who likes to go big and fastOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysHas a playful merit to its high-performance abilitiesA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budget
Rating Categories Lib Tech Travis Ric... K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Edging (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Playfulness (20%)
5.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Lib Tech Travis Ric... K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle Big mountain Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain
Shape Twin Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Stiff-Medium Stiff Stiff Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 6.8 lbs 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.22 lbs 6.44 lbs
Tested Length 161.5 cm 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 159 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 153, 153B, 155, 155B, 157, 157B, 157W, 159, 159B, 159WB, 161, 161B, 161W, 164, 164B, 164W, 164WB 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 26.5 cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.4 cm
Radius 8.4 m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.5 m
Taper 0 mm 6 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Lib Tech, a subsidiary of Mervin Manufacturing, has been producing bomber snowboards in the USA for decades now. The company strives to employ sustainable practices in every step of construction. Examples of this include their biodiesel heated factory and soy-based sidewalls. The environment is at the forefront of their business model with no compromise to durability. This particular model has to put up with the thrashing that Travis Rice places on it.

Performance Comparison


lib tech travis rice pro pointy snowboard review - the intricate detail found on the graphic of the travis rice pointy...
The intricate detail found on the graphic of the Travis Rice Pointy Pro.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Travis Rice Pro is a top performer in edge hold and security. Because of its stiff flex and wide waist width, this board can handle a lot of turn before it buckles out on you. It won't easily be overwhelmed by your legs or turn generated force. Although there is a speed threshold before you get to railing turns. Due to the stiffness and Magne-Traction, the board is a little more work to roll and edge and can feel catchy at slow speeds. In the end, this board isn't made to be ridden slow, and when you play toward its strengths, this thing is radical.

lib tech travis rice pro pointy snowboard review - magne-traction provides additional edge hold when conditions are...
Magne-Traction provides additional edge hold when conditions are firm but can be catchy at slower speeds.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


Similar to its edging limitation, it requires a higher speed to begin to plane and float. The speed threshold is based on the cambered contact points and a stiffer flex pattern. In high snow densities, we were fighting the camber and flex of this model for two primary reasons: The camber wanted to dive, and the speed threshold was hard to obtain. Once it's up to speed, the wide waist width and length provide comfortable flotation, especially in good-quality snow.

Stability at Speed


The Travis Rice Pro is a relatively nimble tank at speed. The cambered tip and tail engage to provide a camber-like experience that offsets the stability threat from the rocker.

lib tech travis rice pro pointy snowboard review - hard to decide whether to look at lake tahoe or focus on the high...
Hard to decide whether to look at Lake Tahoe or focus on the high speed long turns that the Travis Rice Pointy Pro was made for.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Playfulness


The Travis Rice Pro did not excel in this category. It's difficult to obtain such high scores in the other metrics without sacrificing in others. The board is wider and stiffer than the others in our lineup. Not only that, but it's pretty darn heavy and has a longer sidecut. All these things were great for the other metrics above but penalize the board here.

Pop and Jumping


As with the other rockered, or hybrid-camber/rocker boards, it has a little less merit in its vertical achievements. It is a stiffer board, which helps it keep some of its pop. The rocker section makes the pop more obtainable to harvest by lowering the amount of resistance throughout your ollie.

Value


This is a well-made board, and if it fits your riding style and goals, it's worth the price tag. However, if you're a sub-150-pound casual rider, there are better board options out there for you.

Conclusion


The Travis Rice Pro Pointy is a solid ride if you have powerful legs, like to go fast, and push it to the max. This board could be tough to handle if you're on the smaller side. Our lead tester is 5'9" and weighs 162 pounds and found that he had to ride the board powerfully. We estimate that if you're under 5'8" and weigh under 150 pounds, it might not be the board for you.

lib tech travis rice pro pointy snowboard review - the board commanding graphic of this model complements the...
The board commanding graphic of this model complements the aggressive ride of this model.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

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