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Lib Tech Deflower 2014-2015 Snowboard Review

The Details:

“It’s the 20th year of the Jamie Lynn Pro model”, says Lib Tech, “so we told him we would build him whatever the fuck he wanted”. As it turned out, that meant making no less than four different boards for 2014/15. They’re an eye-catching bunch, all decked out with Jamie’s instantly recognisable artwork on both topsheet and base, but the Lib Tech Deflower will be the one that turns the most heads.

Tech-wise it has a lot of similarities with the Birdman, an all-terrain Lib Tech stick that’s designed to rip ice and powder equally hard. So the Deflower will do that too, although for obvious reasons you won’t really want to ride it switch. And while it’ll grip the piste thanks to the serrated edge, the massive scoop nose is crying out for the powder and you’d be a fool not to obey. Take it to the deep stuff and the profile and shape take care of everything between them, leaving you to enjoy the ride. It’s quite pricey, but aren’t you supposed to splash out a little when celebrating an anniversary? Besides, the unanimous verdict from the testers we spoke to was that she’s worth it.

The Review:

“This carves really well on piste, with great edge hold from the Magne-Traction. The massive nose smashes through any choppy stuff, although is a little too big to fly off side-hits. In the powder it’s sublime, cruising over the top of everything and allowing you to easily rock back onto the stubby tail for big slashes. It’s perfect for drops too; even when you think you’re about to go over the handlebars after a nose-heavy landing, it just rises up out of the snow and saves you. I had a massive smile on my face the whole time I was on this, which is exactly what you want from a board like this.” – Sam McMahon

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