Lib Tech Rocket x Son of Cobra 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 152.5, 157.5, 161.5
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £534/€600

One of the few consistent surfer collabs in the world, Lib Tech have teamed up with Paul Lefevre (Son of Cobra) again to bring another version of the surf-inspired Rocket board.

Moving on from last year’s twin shape, the Rocket collab has a directional shape with an 18mm taper from the nose, and the 2.5-inch setback will add to that surface area in the nose, making this thing a beast in the deep stuff. But that carefully crafted geometry in extra wide waist width and progressive elliptical sidecut ensure it’s still a carving machine on hard-packed groomers.

The board uses a firm flex to give you maximum control when surfing through the pow, whilst Lib Tech’s patented C3 Camber utilises a mild rocker in the middle of the board paired with camber under the feet to give you some serious power.

“Carefully crafted geometry in extra wide waist width and progressive elliptical sidecut ensure it’s still a carving machine on hard-packed groomers”

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Lib are famous for their eco-conscious material sourcing and construction process, so you can score some serious enviro-points with your crew without losing any quality or performance. The core of the board is constructed primarily from renewable Aspen, with the addition of paulownia wood and birch rails in the sidewall, whilst the construction process itself is powered on renewable energy, and all waste woods and plastics are recycled. The result is a board that feels as clean on your conscious as it does to carve.

Lefevre is no stranger to directional board making. Normally a surfboard crafter, he’s been shaping surfboards for over a decade, linking his name to the likes of Daniel MacDonald, Axel Lorentz, Thomas & Renaud Cardinal, and Matt Biolos, and he now makes custom surfboard from his workshop in France.

Definitely not for the faint of heart, but one to keep the heart rate up. The Rocket’s a bit of a Ronseal board – does exactly what it says on the tin.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

Unsurprisingly, everything feels like a wave when you’ve got the Son of Cobra Rocket under your feet. Perhaps it’s the uber directional shape or the new-age tail that’d look just as at home carved out of foam – or maybe it’s just looking down and seeing ‘Mayhem’ emblazoned on your deck that triggers the psychological switch into surf mode.

“It’s powerful, but not overpowering”

Either way, the ride on this thing perfectly complements those hints in the board’s design, it’s powerful but not overpowering, flies when you want it to, and has you trying to slash and carve through everything in sight.

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