• Price: £630 / €700
  • Lengths: 152, 154, 157, 158W, 161, 162W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Combo
  • Shape: True Twin

A lot of Lib Tech snowboards can be classed as ‘all-rounders’, largely due to their fondness for hybrid rocker/camber profiles that lend themselves to a bit of everything. The Lib Tech Banana Magic is certainly one of these, and is found at the premium end of the scale.

"The most unique feature that the Lib Tech Banana Magic has is its sidecut, which is extra deep for strong powerful carves"

The Lib Tech Banana Magic’s ‘Firepower’ construction is a step up from the majority of the brand’s fare. It uses lighter wood that’s still as strong as you’d hope, giving you a livelier, less sluggish ride. The nose and tail have been further pared down to reduce swing weight, too.

The most unique feature that the Lib Tech Banana Magic has is its sidecut, which is extra deep for strong powerful carves. As you might expect from a Lib, it’s also got Magne-Traction tech which means that the edges are slightly wavy all the way along, but especially at the waist. This serrated-knife design grips ice more firmly than a standard board, especially one with a pronounced rocker bend at the waist like the Banana Magic has.

That same rocker section helps this float in powder too, with less input required from the rider. It may cost a fair whack, but it’s to be expected - Lib’s founder Mike Olson has built this to his own sky-high standards, so it won’t disappoint.

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Sam McMahon

Tester's Verdict

Sam McMahon - whitelines.com

“The Lib Tech Banana Magic is board that doesn’t mind what it rides - it will crush any terrain no matter what the snow is like.

"The Magic offers up a light, smooth, even magical ride floating in the powder, with vice-like grip and edge hold"

The Magic offers up a light, smooth, even magical ride floating in the powder, with vice-like grip and edge hold on the icy hardpack stuff.

I found the Banana Magic to be a fun, easy ride that coped with everything I asked of it. It’s certainly no one-trick pony."

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