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Lib Tech Coho 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

The short-and-stubby revolution continues, and Washington State’s finest have got in on the act. The Lib Tech Coho is, according to designer Matt Cummins, inspired by (and designed for) Japan. Think tight trees, pillow lines and endless, endless pow.

The Lib Tech Coho makes up for its short length with a wide waist, offering the same float in powder as a regular stick but with far more maneuverability. Unlike most Lib Techs, this one doesn’t boast their usual camber/rocker/camber profile, instead offering a more directional calibration with a large, powder-friendly rocker section towards the nose. When you also factor in the shape, that makes a lot of sense.

If you aren’t lucky enough to book those flights to Nippon, the Coho will do just fine on the piste; the Magne-traction edges grip the piste with their multiple contact points, and the camber between the feet ensures this short-tailed board still offers plenty of Coho pop. Side-hits and rollers are still very much an option, even if switch riding isn’t.

Of course, it’s really one for the pow. Do whatever it takes to get this into the steep and deep, and it’ll reward your efforts several times over.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam Oetiker – Onboard

“The Lib Tech Coho is a fantastic powder board. I’m a big fan of riding short boards in powder for the extra maneuverability that you get, and the Coho fits the bill perfectly.

While the width of some other short, wide boards can feel a little too extreme when riding on piste, causing your legs and feet to get tired quickly, this wasn’t the case with the Coho.

It’s wide, but not so wide that it became cumbersome when I was out of the pow. The deep sidecut and mellow Magne-traction also helped with turning on piste, and I was able to really power into my turns and get a lot of performance out of the board.

In powder it worked exactly as intended: super floaty and fun thanks to the early-rise nose. With all of that extra width under your feet I could ride it with a more centred stance which definitely helped to reduce the back leg burn!

The Lib Tech Coho summed up in three words? Fun, surfy and manoeuvrable!”

“The Lib Tech Coho summed up in three words? Fun, surfy and manoeuvrable!”

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