|Type:||Freestyle, All Mountain|
|Ability Level:||Entry Level, Intermediate|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||2 Year|
Description: Lib Tech Skate Banana Wide Snowboard
The Lib Tech Skate Banana Wide Snowboard is a true do it all beast. It absolutely shreds powder, rails, hard pack and everything else you might encounter. The skate banana is a legend for a reason. Magne-Traction's strategic serrations provide unreal edge hold and control in all conditions. With rocker just where you need it, you get phenomenal performance in both the park and the pow.
- Art by Mike Parillo
- Wides, Regulars, Narrows
- H-Pop Core
- Bi-Ax, Tri-Ax
- PBT Top
- Power Transfer Internal sidewalls
- UHMW Sintered External sidewalls
- TNT Base
- Flex 4.5 - 6.5 (depending on size)
|Contact Length (cm)||114||117||120||123|
|Tip Width (cm)||29.9||30.5||30.7||30.8|
|Tail Width (cm)||29.9||30.5||30.7||30.8|
|Waist Width (cm)||26.1||26.5||26.5||26.7|
Skate Banana Wide
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On a seperate note, I would suggest you demo this board if you have never ridden a rocker before. I've slsbowboarded 8 years on a camber board and felt really weird the first day on the Skate Banana. However the second day I got used to it and now LOVE it. It's harder to catch an edge.
Great board overall.
They are quite similar,however there are a few adjustments to the 2015 model. The 2015 has a slightly different core ( Columbian Gold/ Power A) and an Extruded Base.
First, these are pretty cool boards... and good choice with the Wide version. Lib Tech suggests that either the 156 or 162 would be ok for your weight and height. A lot of that is personal preference of course... but unless you are spending the day in the park, I would look at the longer size.
The snowboard industry has set a basic standard of a board's suggested use mainly categorized by a board's overall flex/feel rating. Softer boards are generally suggested to be used by novice riders, medium flexing boards by intermediates, and stiff boards by advanced level riders. With that being said there is much more that can attribute to a suggestion like, profile shape (camber, rocker, flat, hybrid), fiberglass, additional laminates, and base material to mention a few. In addition to that is the terrain type; backcountry, powder, park, pipe, trees ect...
I believe that a board should be picked by the rider's personal preference. Can an advance rider ride a softer board with a rocker shape? Absolutely. Can a novice rider use a stiff board with traditional camber? Sure, but it may not be as easy to learn on. The most important thing to consider is choosing a board that is going to ride the way you want it to in the conditions/terrain that you want to ride.
As an advanced level rider I could ride a soft board with a rocker shape to freeride, but it wouldn't be as stable as I would like at high speeds, that's why I choose to ride stiff camber boards when I cruise. When making park laps I like to ride a soft/medium flexing board because it's easier to press on rails.
Being that you have size 13 boots, I'd definitely suggested getting a "wide" board, or at least a board that has a waist width wider that 25.8cm.
Choosing the length of a snowboard, as you may well know, should be determined mostly by the riders weight. Generally 159cm boards have a weight range between 150-190 lbs., whereas 162cm boards have a weight range between 160-200 lbs. Pick the size that puts your weight closest in the the middle of the range.
Good choice... people love this Skate Banana. As long as your feet are not continuing to grow the regular length board will be wide enough for you.
If you have a size 11 boot going with a wide board is your best bet, luckily the Lib Tech Skate Banana is wide. Since you are around 190lbs you can ride this board anywhere between 159 to 163.
Seeing as how this board comes in a 153, 156, 159, and 163 id say shoot for the 159 for the best control and overall feel of the board. Happy shreddin'.
Go for the regular width 156 Skate Banana with size 10 boots. The wide is made for size 12 boots and larger.
I am looking at get either a Carbon Credit 2015 or Skate Banana 2014.
I am 5'10 weigh 142-145 lbs. Wear a size 11.5 Nitro Team boots. Am at beginner level and this will be my 1st board. Where I am there is more of slush/ice and if I am lucky some powder. Not the type you get in the northern hemisphere. Plan on mostly hitting the slopes.
Looking at the web, I may need to go on the wider size 153W if going short or maybe something like a 156 or 156W if going longer. Can you plz suggest a correct size?