The Lib Tech Wingman Splitboard only comes in one size, a 165, which seems way too big for normal- non straight line, non Alaska riding. I normally ride a 156 to 161, so a 165 seemed huge.
Find out how this Lib Tech split performed in deep deep snow:
Lib Tech Wingman Review
After some ridiculously fun product testing in the Tetons I soon found out that the Wingman is rad. It is an amazing board that excels in all sorts of conditions. Its design is Inspired by Utah pow shredder and Salty Peaks Snowboard shop owner Dennis Nazari. Art is by Mike Parillo.The nature of this board encourages you to turn less and at higher speeds.
Its got a ton of pop in the tail and is stiff in enough to stomp big, flat, and/or non ideal landings. The Wingman is the split version of the Birdman. Heres a clip of the Birdman from LibTech
I got out on this board 15-20 days before doing this review. I did a few days of snowmobile accessed splitboarding and the rest were all spent touring in Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area. I took it on one 3 night winter camping trip with friends, and guided clients with it on a 4 day backcountry snowboarding course for Exum Mountain Guides.
The wide powder nose floats in pow and mashes through crud and heavy slush. I rode this board in mostly powder conditions but also during a weeklong storm cycle when we were getting rain in the valleys and snow higher up, so there was a crust around 7500 ft and then wet slush/slop below that and a variety of different types of snow at higher elevations.
Funky, shitty, call it what you will but this board actually made it all pretty damn fun. Heavy pow is not a problem , and with the magne traction you can rail turns on crusty wind hammered snow.
The Lib Tech website gives this board a 7 out of 10 for stiffness/flex and says, “A stiff aggressive flex designed to provide stability on big take offs and excellent response for cruising through powder”.
I don’t know if I agree, I think its on the softer, more playful side of 7.
Its definitely not a super gnarly board and doesn’t feel that stiff and aggressive to me. Its stable but also playful and super fun. Its longer size and stiffer tail just make it easier to cruise around with stability.
The big pow nose saved me a few a times from tomahawking by absorbing compressions and bumps.
Here are the specs:
Size (cm) 165
Effective Edge (mm) 1140
Tip Width (mm) 307
Waist Width (mm) 259
Tail Width (mm) 293
Sidecut Radius (m) 8.3
Stance Setback (in) 4
Stance Range (in) 20.5-26
Rider Weight (lbs) 140+
The Wingman has a popular “All terrain freestyle banana blend” called BTX. Basically, there is rocker between your feet with flat to mild camber at the contact points. This configuration has the least camber effect and is the easiest, most forgiving ride.
I found this rocker pattern to be really fun, awesome in pow, and especially good in heavier snow. Personally, I like more camber underfoot, which the Wingman doesn’t really have. The TRS and the TRICE Pro have the full camber with mild rocker, whereas the Wingman has mild camber and full rocker. All in all I would say the Wingman has a surfier feel to it than these other boards do.
The HP Wingman Split sports Lightweight Volcanic Organic Horsepower. What? It just means its lighter and uses some sort of a basalt fiber for torsional rigidity. The topsheet is made with beans so there is no fiberglass anywhere. It gives the board a real smooth flex with a lot of pop. Pretty cool and makes for lightweight climbs on the uptrack.
Another solid investment into your splitboard career is the Lib Tech T.Rice. Checkout Mikes thoughts on the Lib Tech T. Rice Splitboard Review from deep in the Tetons.
See the WINGMAN in Action
Killer freeride splitboard. The Lib Tech Wingman is light and agile on the skin track, and it rips on the descent. Definitely an all mountain board that is at home cruising through pow glades and popping pillows. The Wingman can handle higher speeds down feature filled faces and airs of all sizes. I found it slightly psychologically difficult to spin very well on this board, probably because when you’re riding it and looking down it feels like a surfboard that just wants to go fast and slash.
I am going to try and ride the Lib Tech Wingman Splitboard for the rest of the season and not give it back- I like it that much….