A problem with conventional snowboards is the fact that you can easily lose control of the board on icy surfaces. Recently this problem has been solved by a company called Lib Tech snowboards (Mervin Manufacturing) introducing a new technology called “Magne-Traction”.
Essentially, Magne- Traction is wavvy bumps on each edge of the board resembling a serrated edge of a knife providing more edge contact points than just the tip and tail. This design cuts into the iciest snow you can think of and gives riders the confidence needed to keep high speeds.
On a traditional snowboard, most of the pressure is pushed through the feet down and out to the widest part of the board, the contact points of the tip and tail. The least amount of pressure is between the feet. Magne-Traction maximizes the edge pressure between the feet so now you can ride with more control in difficult situations. Conventional skis and snowboards have two contact points. Magne-Traction boards have seven contact points. With Magne-Traction when your two outside contact points lose grip, you’ve still got five more to take over.
Magne-Traction is for everyone whether you are a beginner, a freestyle rider or a freerider. Any level of rider can feel the Magne-Traction bumps increase their control. It’s like a full suspension Mountain Bike compared to a regular bike without suspensions. You can go faster, with more control and comfort. Riders who detune their edges for sliding rails and boxes love Magne-Traction because even when heavily detuned the Mag bumps still dig in and hold the edge. The Magne-Traction snowboards are great for halfpipes too. The snowboard locks into the re-entry and maintains speed across the flats to increase your boost and hang time. More hang time equals more rotations.
There are several other brand names that have utilized the Magne-Traction technology in the construction of their snowboards. Rossignol Magne-Traction snowboards ride, look and feel different. They start with full wrap steel that surrounds one of the most durable constructions available. This construction rips through the chop and crud with ease. Rossignol uses a tighter sidecut radius which turns with ease but still can crank it up when you need too. Roxy and GNU have also used the Magne-Traction technology.
Snowboards that use Magne-Traction technology increase edge hold and control on icy conditions, power when initiating turns providing better edge hold and longer, tighter arcs and decreases the chance of blowing out on turns. Magne-Traction makes snowboards work better, easier to ride and opens new levels of high end performance. Bottom line, Magne-Traction practically turns ice into powder, and who doesn’t like riding powder?