Another excellent offering from Lib Tech’s long line of top-quality snowboards, riders, especially advanced-level ones, can only expect great performance, and more, from the TRS Total Ripper Series 2012. This hybrid camber type of snowboard is built particularly for all-terrain, freestyle snowboard riders who aim for, or want to try, harder and more aggressive rides.
The Lib Tech TRS Total Ripper Series 2012 carries a true twin shape, one of the most prominent shapes for snowboards, and a versatile design that can easily adapt to different types of riding conditions. The snowboard also features a Magne-Traction technology, which means its edges are serrated and jagged for better edge hold and grasp, as well as for better control all throughout the ride. Meanwhile, the bumps are strategically positioned across the snowboard, with the biggest bumps positioned between the rider’s feet, providing the rider maximum control and power, and with the smaller ones, which are positioned outside the rider’s feet, helping the rider achieve less aggressive yet better tip and tail control. This Lib Tech 2012 snowboard also boasts of power transfer internal sidewalls, which add superior pop and snap, and board control, as well as a Columbian gold core, which provides the highest compression response and which is the highest compression response snowboards can ever be manufactured with. Lastly, the Total Ripper Series 2012 combines basalt and fiberglass, both known for their strength and damping properties, thus providing smooth and stable rides.
Level of Quality
When it comes to quality, the Lib Tech TRS Total Ripper Series is supreme. Since its introduction, it has received a total of seven Good Wood awards, which means it has proven itself, again and again, to provide superb performance in terms of freestyle riding on different conditions and terrains, from rails to pipes. Also, featuring stiffer flex and the famous banana camber combination, the Lib Tech Total Ripper Series snowboard entails easy turns, excellent edge hold, and of course aggressive and powerful rides at all times.
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Combining cutting-edge technology from Burton’s classic boards, Supermodel and Malolo, the Burton Barracuda 2012 is designed for different types of riders, and for riding in different types of terrains under varied conditions. The hybrid camber Barracuda, as the name implies, is perfect even for those with big body built and size, and those within the 210 pounds weight range, making it one of the very few boards for big guys who want to try freeriding.
Carrying the Burton exclusive technology Gondola package, the Burton Barracuda 2012 entails lighter, faster, and stronger snowboarding experience. It is remarkable for its four-wheel drive for front, side, and backcountry snowboarding, and for its slightly tapered shape and directional flex. Built with a durable wood core, the Burton Barracuda also entails snappy and powerful turns. Meanwhile, the dual-zone wood grains that are strategically located along the toe and heel allow for better edge hold, and at the same time provide additional strength and stability. Additionally, its edges are built to extend further out beneath the board’s bindings, providing tremendous edge hold when snowboarding on hard and icy conditions, although riders can still aim for playful and forgiving snowboarding experience on softer and smoother conditions. Its abstract graphics created by the famous artist William Wasden of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation of British Columbia, along with its excellent deck and base colors, also make Barracuda one of the most attractive and eye-catching Burton snowboards.
Level of Quality
Combine an excellent graphics and state-of-the-art snowboard technology, and you’ll get high-performance, all-terrain snowboard with Burton Barracuda 2012 – the perfect type of snowboard for intermediate to advanced riders, including those who are heavier and with bigger body built. It is also worth mentioning the durable and high-absorbent materials that Barracuda is built with, making it a low-maintenance yet high-quality and superfast snowboard. Whether riders are aiming for speedy and more aggressive rides or probably softer and smoother ones, Barracuda, with its exceptional features and exclusive technology package, can certainly provide that superb experience on snow.
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If you want to grab a board that gives you ultimate freedom on snow, the GNU Carbon Credit Series should be it. GNU has been fulfilling its promise of freestyle versatility to beginners and intermediates and this new addition is yet another success.
The GNU Carbon Credit Series is built with the manufacturer’s signature Banana Technology that puts a rocker between your feet. Just like a banana, the board’s tip and tail is slightly elevated but the base remains perfectly flat. This allows you to gain better control of the board during transitions and floats.
Then the Magne-Traction at the base provides seven contact points on each side of the board, resulting in extreme control regardless of the snow conditions in the mountain. The board’s core is carved from Lightweight Mervin wood and then protected by double sintered sidewalls. The combination of these two produce a snowboard that is light, durable, lively and almost maintenance-free.
Then all these top technologies for riders are covered with layers of biaxial woven fiberglass with a 2-way orientation. The fiberglass does not add much weight so it’s not a burden to the board and the rider. Rather, the covering not only protects the core but also adds in the board’ overall pop and stability.
All in all, the GNU Carbon Credit Series is widely applauded by riders because of its superior carving ability in almost all conditions – park, rail, pipe, mountain and powder. It is fast without sacrificing stability so it doesn’t go out of control when you’re moving downhill.
It has excellent flexibility so you are fully supported regardless of the number and intensity of the transitions that you do. You remain well-balanced on it before and after you do pops, turns and twists.
The bottom line is that the GNU Carbon Credit Series has reinvented snowboarding. It has removed all previous limitations about the sport so you get to appreciate the thrill and sudden rush of adrenaline without crossing the boundaries of safety.
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