Hello and welcome to my Lib Tech TRS review.
This review is now updated for the 2016-17 model. I will take a look at the TRS as an All-Mountain-Freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the TRS a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other All-Mountain-Freestyle snowboards.
Board: Lib Technologies TRS XC2 BTX
Price: $599 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium to Medium-Stiff (5-7/10 depending on the size)
Rating Score: 86.5/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 28 men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $509 (USD)
- The average score was 79.9/100
- The highest score was 94.4/100
- The lowest score was 69.7/100
- The TRS ranked 4th out of 28
Overview of the TRS’s Specs
Check out the tables below for the TRS’s specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||All-Mountain-Freestyle||Flex||Medium to medium-stiff (5 to 7 out of 10 - depending on the size)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Semi Loose|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker - Lib Tech's XC2 BTX||Shape||True Twin|
|Price||$599 (USD)||Base||TnT Dual Layered Fluoro Base|
|Waist Width (mm)||237||247||253||253||260||253||260||256||263|
|Weight Range (lbs)||90+||100+||120+||130+||130+||140+||140+||150+||155+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||41+||45+||55+||59+||59+||64+||64+||68+||70+|
Who is the TRS Most Suited to?
The TRS is great for anyone looking for great performance and some serious power to weight. It feels light but powerful making spins and jumps a breeze.
But it can also hold down a carve and can rack up some serious speed. So if you want to ride the whole mountain at pace but do tricks and jumps on the way – and then finish off with a lap through the park at the end, then this board is ideal.
Also, due to the magne-traction, anyone who rides hard and icy snow conditions regularly will like this board – as long as they like everything else about it.
What it’s Not Good For
It would be too much for the beginner to control – it’s super easy to maneuver it but it’s a probably a bit loose feeling and twitchy to be a good beginner deck.
Probably not really for the backcountry either – it’s not designed for it. That said, you could take it out there – I just wouldn’t get this board if that’s what you did most of the time. More details below.
The TRS in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the TRS is capable of.
Board: Lib Tech TRS 2017, 157 (253mm)
Date Demoed: February 27th, 2016
Conditions: Choppy and slushy on the groomers. Some rare pockets of powder off. Some rain later in the afternoon but mostly fine. Visibility good all day.
Bindings angles: +15/-9
I didn’t get a lot of it on the day but did run into some slushy powder pockets. The TRS felt better than I had expected. It has a rocker section between the feet that would help with that float but it’s a centered stance which isn’t ideal for riding powder.
If you ride powder a lot and only want to have one board then there are better options – but if you only occasionally hit powder, the TRS will hold its own. And if you have to go through any icy patches to get to that powder you’ll be happy to have that magne-traction under foot.
Carving and Turning
Could hold a carve pretty well. It’s got particularly good edge-hold for when your on hard or icy-ish snow. I didn’t have a lot of that but when I hit harder patches you could really feel the edges dig in which felt good.
Super-fast from edge-to-edge. Felt almost too fast at first until I got the hang of riding it. You can turn pretty tight when you need to on this and at first it feels like you’re turning too tight.
This deck is super-fast and that must have something to do with the TnT Base. This isn’t extruded or sintered – it’s its own thing. Whatever it is, it made this board seriously fly. I found that the board felt super light too under that base.
The only reason I don’t give full marks for speed is that it wasn’t amazingly stable at high speeds. It was a bit loose feeling to be the perfect speed demon. But you’d certainly have no issues through flat spots and short up-hills.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
This is for the Firepower version rather than the HP version that this review is about – but most of it is still relevant. The Firepower version is just a bit lighter and better for spins – but also considerably more expensive!
I had plenty of it – I rode this deck on a busy Saturday in slushy condition. Choppy was an understatement! Though at first I found it difficult to navigate this board through the bumps, as I got used to it, it was able to negotiate the bumpy stuff pretty well.
There’s plenty of pop in this board. Great for ollies and popping over lips and rollers.
Jumps in the park – small to large – are also fun on this deck. It’s got a medium flex which gives you enough stability on the landings over larger jumps and enough forgiveness.
Almost perfect. It’s a true twin shape with a centered stance so it’s the same going either way. The only reason I don’t give it 100% full marks is because of the board’s looser feel.
If you’re not perfect at riding switch (and I fall into that category!) then that looser feeling makes it more difficult to ride in your non natural direction.
This board is really agile – almost too much so until you get used to it. But once you’re used to it then the approach to jibs is awesome.
But on the jib it’s not perfect. Not a jibbing specialist by any means and probably its weakest point. But you can do it.
This board is pretty much made for the pipe. I didn’t take it into a proper one but based on the reviews of others and on the boards specs, and in the mini pipe I took it through, this is a board that would love the pipe.
It’s got a centered stance, it’s a true twin, it’s got a medium flex, it has great edge-hold in hard and icy conditions. Enough said.
Changes from 2016 model
The TRS is now what the old TRS HP (horsepowe) was. For the 2016-17 season there is only a TRS and a TRS FP (firepower). The 2015-16 model had a TRS, a TRS HP and a TRS FP. For the 2016-17 model there’s just 2.
You might see it named TRS HP XC2 BTX or just TRS XC2 BTX – for 2016-17 it’s the same model.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||86.5/100|
The TRS was looser and lighter than I was expecting. And had a super-fast slippery base.
In short, this thing felt like slapping a V8 onto a smart car! Was hard to control at first because of this. But got used to it after a bit.
Tame this beast and you can do a lot of cool stuff on it.
The TRS also comes in a Horse Power (HP) version ($696) and a Firepower (FP) version ($839) but you pay more for those options.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re keen to learn more about the TRS, or if you want to research available sizes and current prices, or if you are ready to buy, check out the links below.
- Lib Tech TRS at evo.com (2016 model)
If you’re keen to check out some other all-mountain-freestyle options or if you want to see how the TRS compares to other similar boards, check out the link below.