TESTERS CHOICE – 10 Best Wide Snowboards 2015/16
It’s been relatively quiet on the Travis front recently – aside from the occasional GoPro clip, there aren’t many clues as to how his new movie project is shaping up – but he’s still part of the brickwork at Lib Tech. The ‘Horsepower’ edition of his main pro model is a souped-up beast of a thing, designed to do absolutely everything.
The shorter lengths of the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Horsepower have a blunted nose and tail, while the longer ones have powder-ready points. Both will still handle the whole mountain, though, especially with the rocker/camber combo that bends up at the waist for increased float in powder, and grips the piste thanks to camber sections underfoot.
Travis’ signature variation on Lib’s wavy Magne-Traction edges add to the hardpack performance, so you can rip this harder than a lot of true twins.
While you get all of this on the original version, the Horsepower augmentations include a stronger, lighter core and a more environmentally-friendly topsheet construction. There’s a premium to pay, but the increased performance is matched by increased strength.
Simply put, even if you take no prisoners both on and off the piste, there’s a fair chance that the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Horsepower will outlive you.