‘Lib Tech Skate Banana’ has to be one of the most familiar phrases in modern snowboard retail. This thing has had a serious amount of chat since it’s launch in the late noughties – and as one of the boards that bought reverse camber into the mainstream, you’d be a fool not to give it some credit.
The Skate Banana is put out as an all rounder that will have you laughing all the way down the hill. Profile-wise it has rocker between your feet, paired with mild camber towards the contact points to help you float in powder and give that laid back feel for jibbing. It also boasts Magne-traction edges that ‘saw’ through hardpack and ice.
If you’re still not convinced by all that you can also take your pick from the endorsements of pro riders Jason Robinson and Sammy Luebke, Mervin’s ‘most eco friendly snowboard factory’ claim, or any of the tech materials that go into this board; ‘Columbian Gold’ – ultra light and fast growing for the wood core, CO-EX PBT Top – eco friendly and tough, or even the doubly sintered ‘UHMW’ sidewalls.
“When I took the  out today, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – we had quite a lot of fresh powder that had just fallen. But it actually performed quite well for a short board on someone as tall as myself – I’m around six foot. If I was going to compare it to the Lib Tech Deflower, which is a similar build – the Deflower would be the Ferrari – and this would be the hot hatch. It’s not as powerful or strong, but it’s a lot of fun to mess around with – great for butters, really whippy, and you can have a lot of fun all over the mountain” – Sam McMahon