It’s hard to keep track of all the different Travis Rice pro models (especially if you include the T.Ripper, designed for kids), but this is his only splitboard. If Lib Tech is to be believed, the only time you’ll be aware of that fact is on the way up – once the Lib Tech Travis Split is put back in one piece it’s designed to feel just like Trav’s non-split version.
It’s certainly got the same ‘Horsepower’ construction, Lib Tech’s unique blend of performance and environmental friendliness that includes organic Basalt glass instead of fibreglass and a topsheet made from beans (yes, beans). Unlike a lot of splits it’s got a true twin shape, and the C2 BTX profile is definitely freestyle-friendly as well. It clearly rips at the same time, with Mervin’s Magne-traction edges slicing into the snow like a serrated breadknife while the go-like-hell base sets you up to fly. That’s not a bad price for a splitboard, certainly not when you consider the fact that it’s a full £35 cheaper than last season with no reduction in quality. Does it really feel just like a normal board, though? Our tester seemed pretty convinced, so maybe you will be too.
“This is on the stiffer side for a Lib Tech split as Travis is a powerhouse of a rider, but they’ve struck the balance well. You can feel comfortable hitting any natural terrain thrown at you but at the same time enjoy plenty of stability at speed. This turns really well in all conditions, the Magnetraction helping you in crud and hard pack, while the width and C2 make it effortless in powder. It’s a true twin so very freestyle orientated, which definitely isn’t for everyone, but it truly feels like you can do anything that you would on a normal freestyle board.” – James Stentiford