The Lib Tech Skate Banana really captured the imagination when it arrived in 2007, and kickstarted a renaissance for reverse camber boards. But is it right for you?
The three main benefits of rocker are extra float in powder, super-easy buttering, and the minimised chance of catching an edge on firmer snow. Of course, the trade-off is that edge hold isn’t as good as on a camber board, but Lib have compensated for that.
Rather than featuring an even bend, the profile of the Skate Banana has a prominent rocker section in the middle flanked by mild camber sections, so when you engage an edge you get a bit more purchase.
On top of that, the Lib Tech Skate Banana’s edges have a wavy design called Magne-Traction, with seven contact points on each sidecut that can grip even the slickest ice. The makings of an all-rounder, then – indeed, regardless of the conditions, or where you are on the hill, it’s unlikely you’ll ever feel at sea with this board.
Whether you’ve just hit a rail, frontflipped off a mogul or launched yourself down a pillow line, the Lib tech Skate Banana will leave you stoked.