I tested the insane Lib Tech T.Rice Pro C2-BTX Blunt-Tip Snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and rumor has it Travis Rice actually designed this board around riding his home mountain and the surrounding backcountry in the Tetons.
It hadn’t snowed here in the Tetons in weeks so clearly when I took the T.Rice Pro out on my first lap conditions were sub par at best. That being said the Lib Tech T.Rice Pro rode the entire mountain with ease, it was smooth sailing thanks to the C2-BTX and blend magne-traction.
Normally I would have bailed early on days like this but this board was able to make really shit snow feel fun. I was charging full speed, Mach 10 down groomers even icy onces and the Mag, always without fail was there to hook up when I needed it to.
This board will work in any conditions, in any local around the world. Find out how it held up for the remainder of my test :
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Review
This years Lib Tech T.Rice Pro C2-BTX Blunt-Tip Snowboard seemed to be one of the easiest boards to control that I have ever got to test. And I used to work at a snowboard shop and was sponsored for years so I have seen some board. Even brand new out of the wrapper the T.Rice Pro felt comfortable under foot. I didn’t even mess with de-tuning the Magne-traction, it felt perfect from day 1.
Travis is a solid dude, and needs a board that won’t wobble under foot. I would say the T.Rice Pro C2-BTX Blunt-Tip Snowboard offers a medium to stiff flex with a ton of pop. Along with pop thanks to the stiffer flex was very stable at high speeds. And surprisingly easy to ride even being a little on the stiff side.
I was going mach-10 down the groomers and felt in control at all times even in the chunder variable snow thanks to the magne-traction. Again I will keep talking about the Mag as this is what Travis uses, this is what you should be using too. Just buy this board and you will be able to snowbaord like Travis, or not..
I can honestly say this is one of the best snowboards I have ever ridden. I probably charged the resort harder on this board than I had any other day all season. From the super fast base to mad pop it is outta control. When you add Basalt, Aspen, Palonia and other lively materials to the board you get just that a lively, playful fun snowboard to zip around any mountain you can find. Mountains have trees, this snowboard is made of trees, you following?
The Lib Tech T.Rice Pro Snowboard is the quiver killer of the year and could be my everyday board for Jackson Hole.
Plus this board has a freaking Bio Beans topsheet, win win. Along withe being nice to the environment this board supports local artist Mike Parillo Save the environment, buy a Lib.
Oh yeah less we forget, these snowboards are made in the USA (near Canada) by well, actual snowboarders. Go buy this board and thank us later!!2015 Review
I had the deck for about 7 riding days to give her the beans and maybe attain 15% of what it’s purposed owner (Travis Rice) could achieve.
Riding the 2013 Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP for 2 years, I was eager to see what was new. Immediately, huge differences just strapped into the 2013 at the top while developing the hot lap plan with the hombres.
The board was flexible, FAR more flexible than the 2010……exploring that feeling a little more, the board flexed really well torsionally and almost stopped at a certain point, sort of locking.
I looked up and the guys were bailing out, and I was still standing there. Looking at my feet, like I have never seen them move before……it was pretty funny.
The first session (high speed groomer/roller boosting) I am doing tricks on the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP (Day 1) that I never attempted or could nail down on my 2013 T Rice HP. You know a lot of people say: “Oh things don’t really change all that much in 2 years” and this statement may be true.
However, that statement is merely a proponent of what company you are with……cause the changes I noticed from Lib Tech, were considerable.
The longitudinal flex on the 2015 TR HP is great, the nose and tail are WAY softer than the 2013 ……but it’s not a noodle. The 2013 just felt like a rock solid deck.
You couldn’t feel the snow or receive input coming through the board, bindings, and into the boots. Some boards have a very dominant terrain feedback that transfer into the boot (Burton Channel System), but the 2016 just feels smooth.
Not enough to feel everything, but enough so you aren’t feeling like riding on a thick plank, like the 2010. The softer longitudinal flex pattern makes it easier to crank sharper turns (makes a tighter arc) and skates through the pitted out chop….bonus.
The 2016 also incorporates what seems to be a progressional flex pattern from Lib Tech……..getting stiffer as you get closer to the binding off the tip and tail. Crazy I know. On that nice groomed surface doing presses was awesome, not even really possible before with the 2010.
Tail press to backside 180, front side 180 with a nose press slide halfway to switch, wheelies over rollers, surface backside 180 nose slide to 360 finish (normally powder trick)…..I won’t lie, as a rider I was reborn, re-energized.
All this used to just be ideas, thoughts, ambitions, and now I was nailing them down the first day out on the 2013. Crazy thing is the softer nose/tail still has snap/pop to it. You can flex it to a point (loading) and there is stored energy there to pop you up after.
Same goes for airing into a press, it lets you down easy on contact, holds, and then waits till you are ready……POP!
Torsionally it’s a mad man. I mean for hard charging, torsion stiffness it is a must. The board allows for great torsional flex up to a certain point and again locks down, preventing further flex.
My 2010 felt rigid, you knew it was a stiffy when you rode it. It really did not do much unless you brought it up to speed and really worked it.
The 2013 doesn’t behave that way, it’s friendlier at lower speeds, and great on surface tricks, but has no sacrifice of rigidity and strength when you want/need it.
Hard charging is where it’s at, and to have a board which responds so well to true big mountain freestyle minds and supports that hard free riding addiction is…….. Well it’s a quiver killer.
All this sounds good right, but what about the float, what about the white room?
First off, I am rocking this board with a size 13 hoof, experiencing zero toe drag on the 164.5 cm. So for the general public the deck platform is wide enough for anyone.
I can only think back to riding the Burton Joystick in Utah last year, I rode it centered on a 20″ dump day and swamped the nose constantly. Riding a lot of switch I want my board stance centered and riding the same either direction.
Fully geared up (back pack included) I stand 6’4″ tall and weigh 250…..and with a centered stance (set at the widest distance apart) with this board shape (C2 BTX) I never swamped the nose, once.
The rocker in the center provides a swimming capability to the nose, making it easy to break to the surface and plain out in deep snow. What does Travis ride? His board excels in deep snow.
The boards are handmade and the HP is out of all sustainable materials lacking fiberglass, resins, etc. With this design, the 2010 HP was extremely susceptible to temperature change. At 8 degrees the board was FAR stiffer (even more than usual) than say at 25 degrees.
I mean all boards change a little with the temperature variation, but I experienced some pretty dramatic differences in flex with the 2010.
Well the 2015, I did not experience anything out of the ordinary, not sure what changed, how they did it, and I actually shot them an email asking: “How’d you do that?!?!” If I hear back, I will certainly update it out here for you all.
In summary: If your attitude and aspirations are that of a free rider, big mountain freestyle assaulter, who likes to be 18 and jib a little……scoop this thing up.
There will be zero disappointment in the Travis Rice Pro HP. If you are a street, rail, jibbanator…..go with something else that is more defined for you riding style, you will perform better.
Stay safe out there, be with your friends, and keep up progression.
This Travis Rice Pro Horse Power review is to inform and educate. Hope this review serves the purpose.
One of the first things to note about this rockered stick is that it comes with blunt tips in the shorter sizes and is pointed for the bigger ones. No matter what the ends look like, you are going to experience a medium flex that is slightly on the stiffer side. I enjoyed the true twin, symmetrical shape that delivers consistent performance since I have started to split my time each day between riding regular and switch.
After putting in multiple days in varying conditions, I was surprised to find that it was actually more playful than I anticipated, but just as I hoped, it completely ripped all technical terrain to pieces. Taking on steeps, chutes, cliffs and trees is a breeze, as this quiver killer laughs in the face of all that is gnarly. Powder days are always a dream since the T. Rice Pro floats the fluff with ease, and that Magne-Traction is super handy when the snow isn’t as fresh and you need supreme grip on the icy stuff.
This board really showcases its stability when the groomers are calling. You can feel free to just point it and let the mph’s rack up with no hesitation. When there wasn’t loads of pow to enjoy elsewhere, I lapped the park several times to see what it could handle, and the results weren’t too shabby. You can really send it with confidence off any jump, and while it can deal with rails and boxes decently, this probably shouldn’t be your first choice if jibbing is your primary scene.
While the Lib Tech T. Rice Pro is certainly a stud, it is not without a couple minor faults. The top sheet is made from beans, which is eco-friendly and groovy and all, but it chips so easily! If you do any amount of bonking, don’t expect that sweet graphic to stay in pristine condition. Also, the base doesn’t hold wax as well as I would have liked. It could have been much worse, but you can forget about being lazy and skipping waxing parties.
Just so there are no secrets, I straight up love this board. It is absolutely perfect for all-mountain freestyle riding, floating powder, crushing crud and thrashing the radar. If you want a board that can go anywhere and be awesome everywhere, the Lib Tech T. Rice Pro C2BTX Snowboard rules with authority.