Lib Tech Box Knife

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Almost a decade ago Jesse Burtner put out a pro model that reflected the direction him and Think Thank were pushing snowboarding, which coincided with the mass introduction of rocker into board construction. The Box Scratcher is the short, flexible board that's been below one or two of Burtner's feet as he's popped, slid, tapped, and flipped his way over every surface imaginable. New for 2018 is an updated take on this freestyle design, sporting Mervin's C3 profile, that reflects a collective shift back to the precise and poppy attributes of positive camber. And our testers were hyped on it. One described it as "a perfect balance of playfulness and stability," using the analogy that, "It’s like meeting up with that old friend you haven’t seen in years, and when you get back together it’s like you never left." As they ripped variable East Coast park conditions, riders lauded its ability to rail, not just ride them. In the words of one such tester: "This board carves so well and the low-entry nose and tail give you that surfy feeling, while it remains an awesome jib board with enough stability for good-sized jumps." The Box Knife is the ideal board for anyone who enjoys the ability to manipulate a soft board but appreciates the benefits of camber.

Length (cm) -Waist Width (cm)

151 - 25.1

154 -25.2

157 -25.3

160W - 26.5

Flex: 5/10

Camber: Hybrid--minimal rocker with a camber dominant nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: True twin

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board's flex.)

Price: $479.95
Brand Name

Lib Tech

Gender

Mens

Style

Park

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

145N, 148, 151, 154, 157, 157W, 160

Manufacturers URL

http://www.lib-tech.com/snowboarding/

Rad-Bad

Tester quote: “It’s like meeting up with that old friend you haven’t seen in years, and when you get back together it’s like you never left.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328646

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester quote: “It's like meeting up with that old friend you haven't seen in years, and when you get back together it's like you never left.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.