Lib Tech Cold Brew 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

    • Sizes: 149, 153, 155W, 157, 158W, 161
    • Flex: 6
    • Profile: Hybrid
    • Shape: Directional
    • Price: £410
    • The Cold Brew is a staple of the Lib Tech line, unchanged for 2020 because really, what’s the point in messing with a winning formula? The topsheet features artwork by Mervin’s own Tim Zimmerman, so if you’re a real Mervin-Head this is definitely a board to consider.

      While it’s built as an all-terrain charger, the Cold Brew definitely finds its home in the deeper snow. The subtle 3mm taper leaves you with a wider nose to aid with floatation, and the slightly narrower tail for manoeuvrability under the back foot. The 1.5inch setback keeps your weight over the tail of the board, further increasing the float in the nose.

      “The subtle 3mm taper leaves you with a wider nose to aid with floatation”

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      Fear not though, the Cold Brew won’t be left behind when it’s low tide. Mervin’s own Magne-Traction ensures you’ll be able to dig trenches on the hardpack. They strategically place 7 serrations down the edge, with the deepest in the middle. The deeper serrations in the middle ensure the mid-section of your board has a more consistent edge hold.

      C2 camber is a hybrid profile, with rocker between the feet and a longer, more aggressive camber section underfoot. Having the cambered sections give you a dynamic pop and a more powerful on piste performance. It also allows you to load up the tail more for higher ollies. The rockered centre section keeps the board feeling a bit more mellow and improves float when the snow gets deeper. You can use this middle section as a pivot point, so when you lean back the nose of the board stays sailing over the top of the snowpack.

      Coming in a smaller 149 size opens this board up to women and smaller rippers, ensuring that everyone can sit back and enjoy a cold brewski.

Tester’s Verdict

Stephen MacLeanThe Snowboard Asylum

“Not normally a fan of the rocker dominant boards but the cold brew and terrain wrecker were standouts in my mind. The Cold Brew was fun on piste and even better off piste. I was lucky enough to ride this board in Mayrhofen at the end of the season on a surprise powder day.

“It has a solid edge hold while in the carve”

I never once felt my back leg getting tired trying to bring the nose up out of the snow which goes to show you how easy riding the rocker dominant boards are in the powder. It has a solid edge hold while in the carve but can be a little catchy on the flats but if you’re a solid rider you can just ignore it and have fun.”

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