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Lib Tech World’s Greenest Snowboard 2016-2017 Review

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Few people in snowboarding have the eco-credentials of Scotty Whitlake, who these days even drives a vegetable-oil-powered campervan. The Lib Tech World’s Greenest Board is his brainchild, and something he hopes will set something of a precedent in the industry.

Already well-versed in using sustainable materials and low-impact manufacturing processes, the guys at the Mervin factory in Washington State (home of both Lib Tech and Gnu) let Scotty take things even further, in his words “using materials that nature (and the ski industry) never intended to be used in snowboards”. To name just a couple of features, the sidewalls are made from recycled materials and the graphic-printing process is fully non-toxic.

Shape-wise, it’s a little offbeat, looking every inch the twin park board but for a cut-off tail and slightly tapered shape that suits the backcountry. The profile – almost camber, with a slight rocker in the middle – doesn’t rule anything out either. A definite all-rounder, then, which makes sense when you think about it; foregoing the quiver and buying just the one board for all types of riding is something Captain Planet would definitely be down with.

It’s only available in a Scotty-friendly 157cm version, but you can have any colour you want… as long as it’s green.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam Oetiker – Onboard

“The Lib Tech World’s Greenest Snowboard is a fantastic board for intermediate to advanced riders looking for something that can charge all over the mountain. I tested it for a day and would say that it definitely fell on the stiffer side of things, packing a huge amount of pop within its lime-green exterior.

It would be a great choice if you’re the kind of rider who likes high-speed piste turns, blasting ollies off natural features and are comfortable hitting the bigger jumps in the park. Personally, I would avoid taking this one onto rails, as it’s a little too stiff and burly for my jibbing preferences, but where this one really excels is on all of the other kinds of natural mountain terrain you can throw at it.

A solid all-mountain all-rounder, if you will.”

“A great choice if you’re the kind of rider who likes high-speed piste turns, blasting ollies off natural features and are comfortable hitting the bigger jumps in the park.”

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