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Lib Tech MC Snake Kink 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 159
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £520/€580
  • BUY ONLINE

Matt Cummins has the longest-running pro model in the history of snowboarding. Year after year he drops another experimental creation, and this year’s no exception.

The Lib Tech MC Snake Kink is designed for the powder. Take this thing into the deep and fluffy and the dual threat nose profile will help keep the front of your board elevated, whilst the set back stance will help to create that surfy feeling.

“Lib Tech’s Magne-Traction serrated edges should help you gain some edge control as you bomb it down icy groomers”

If you’re not heading out to Niesko this season, then the Snake kink should do just fine on the piste. The camber profile combined with Lib Tech’s Magne-Traction serrated edges should help you gain some edge control as you bomb it down icy groomers.

Sadly, the Snake Kink only comes in one size, 159, so riding this years’ Matt Cummins pro model may only cater for the select few. For those lucky enough to match up to the board’s length, the stiffer flex and directional shape definitely lends itself to harder charging laps, less so cruisy jibs laps in the park.

The board also features artwork by Damian Fulton, who held the VP position at Marvel Comics for a while – giving you some style points on the mountain.

Of course, this is really a board for the backcountry. Give it the right chance and it will show you what it’s capable of.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“What else would you expect from a Matt Cummins board; this thing is rad – different and oozing with style. Those graphics…sublime. I rode the 159 – my go to length – for two days over varied terrain. On the surface it is an unconventional freeride board but, in terms of ride-ability, it is very versatile, tons of fun, stable, plenty of work, and particularly enjoys speed. It is somewhere in the medium to hard stiffness range, with a noticeably harder tail. It has a pronounced camber feeding out into pronounced contact points suspended between ample sidecuts, behaving as you’d expect; good pop and good carves.

“It’s pretty stiff so it wasn’t a walk in the park, but worth the effort”

Overall the carving was excellent, it enjoyed going fast and the strong camber really helped pop you in and out, allowing nice weaving carves. Whether short and tight, or fast and long, the Snake Kink always delivered. It is pretty stiff so it wasn’t a walk in the park, but worth the effort.

It’s a very comfortable board to ride, really stable. It’s got a pretty average weight but feels heavy and powerful underfoot, which I like. Little to no chatter, zero speed wobbles, like most Mervin boards the Snake Kink has a very shock absorbing core. It felt nice on kickers and for general jumping, sidehits and ollies. It felt light and stable in the air, and stuck landings light well.

The board has a large nose that unusually kinks up very sharply – I’ve not ridden anything like that before and to be honest i’m not sure if it contributes to anything. It definitely floats well in powder and feels good to turn but it doesn’t feel any better in choppy snow, or hitting gnarled out quarters or side hits. If anything, it makes such challenges worse. But I hate to end on a downer, the board is sick, a real curiosity, something to be kept forever.

Also, it 100% gets my support for best graphics winner. What a fucking great job they’ve done.As a BMX bike riding enthusiast I’m stoked to see the Mervin boys getting Damian Fulton back on the pay-roll. Fulton’s creation Radical Rick was an old cartoon that featured in BMX Plus, one that has made its way back onto a Lib Tech after many years. Hyped on that!”

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