- Price: £450 / €500
- Lengths: 145N, 148N, 151N, 152, 153W, 154, 156, 156W, 159, 159W, 162W
- Flex: 5-6 (depending on length)
- Profile: Rocker
- Shape: True Twin
Who would have thought that something called the Skate Banana would end up being one of the most prevailing, iconic snowboards of all time? Well, anyone who has ridden one for starters. It’s never going to be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying the impact it has made.
The Lib Tech Skate Banana first appeared over a decade ago, and while it didn’t invent the concept of ‘reverse camber’, it certainly popularised it. The latest incarnation still has the pronounced rocker bend at the waist, as well as mellow camber sections under the feet.
“It’s not one for full elbow-down carving, but everything else is on the table”
The result is a board that allows you to cut loose, press and butter with ease, and embrace freestyle in the powder. It’s still a true twin, so you’re missing out if you don’t try and get tricky with it.
Rocker’s less good for making turns on pistes, but this is compensated with wavy Magne-Traction edges that offer more grip on firmer terrain. It’s not one for full elbow-down carving, but everything else is on the table.
With plenty of sizes, including narrow shapes as well as wide ones, there’s a Lib Tech Skate Banana for everyone. Beginners would do well to check it out too, as it’s a fine platform for grasping the basics too.