Hello and welcome to my Lib Tech BRD review.
In this review, I will take a look at the BRD as a surfy-freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the BRD a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other surfy-freeride snowboards.
Board: Lib Tech BRD
Style: Surfy Freeride
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 85.6/100
Compared to other Men’s Surfy Freeride Boards.
* note that the "surfy freeride" category is a new category here at Snowboarding Profiles - and represents freeride boards that are in that softer flex range - 6.5/10 or less. They're not necessarily "surfy" feeling boards as such - but "slightly softer flexing freeride" just didn't have the same ring as a category name!"
Out of the 28 men’s surfy freeride snowboards that I rated:
*Based on 2021 rankings, which the BRD didn't come into as I hadn't tested any previous model of the BRD. This will be updated once all of the 2022 rankings have been updated.
Overview of the BRD’s Specs
Check out the tables for the BRD's specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Rocker But predominantly camber - Lib Tech's C3 Camber
Setback 2.5" (64mm)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the BRD Most Suited To?
The BRD is a great option for anyone looking for a directional freeride board, but doesn't want it to be super stiff or overly demanding.
It's still something you'll want to have good technique already to ride - it's pretty camber dominant and isn't super easy on skidded turns, but it's also not overly stiff and something you can ride all day without fatiguing, if you're not used to stiff boards - or if you're a lighter weight rider for whom a super stiff board feels even stiffer.
Also great for anyone wanting a good board for powder, but one that still does a good job carving up the groomers. It rides well in all snow conditions. It could be a one board quiver for the right rider - if you don't really ride any freestyle or any switch, then it can be a daily driver - or it can work as a compliment to a more freestyle focused board in your quiver.
Nor for beginners and probably not even low-end intermediate riders. But solid intermediates with good technique should have a great time riding this board.
The BRD in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the BRD is capable of.
Board: Lib Tech BRD 2022, 156cm (250mm waist width)
Date: March 3, 2021
Conditions: Temp 0°C (32°F) but -6°C (21°F) with wind and that wind was quite chilly but not overly strong - 10kph (6mph)
Overcast but 90% visibility
24 snow: 0cm (0")
7 day snow: 24cm (9")
On groomer: Soft on top. Not slushy but kind of like when it's slushy but the snow wasn't wet. It's like it was ice overnight but softened up.
Off groomer: Very hard/crunchy.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 555mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Setback 64mm (2.5")
Width at Inserts: 261mm (10.28") at front insert and 255mm (10.04")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Control Board for Control Laps: Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker
Weight: 2960grams (6lbs 8oz)
Weight per cm: 18.97 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.43 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 100 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021 *& 2022 models. The BRD is a little heavier than normal on the scales, but on snow it felt very much just normal.
It's a tough one to judge on flex, because the tail is considerably stiffer than the rest of the board. I would say around 7/10 in the tail, 5/10 in the nose and around 5.5/10 down the rest of the board. An overall feel of around 6/10 bordering on 5.5/10. But don't expect it to feel that soft on the tail.
Damp or Chattery?
Really quite a damp board. Felt very little chatter, relative to other boards, riding the BRD.
Smooth or Snappy?
More smooth than snappy, IMO.
I didn't have any powder to test it in on the day, but it's well setup for powder. It's got a really big setback, it's got a really healthy amount of taper, and whilst it's camber dominant it doesn't have an early rise nose. All of that and a nose that's quite a bit longer than the tail - and it's got all the makings of a great board in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: It's not a monster carver, but it's still really good. It's something you can lay down a good carve on and at decent speed.
Turning: It's not effortless to turn. You've got to put a little into it. But when you do it is a fun board to turn on. And you don't have to like throw everything into it or anything, but it's also not effortless.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: It's fairly nimble at slow speeds. Not as much so as my control board (Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker) but a little more so than the Essential Service that I also rode that day.
Skidded Turns: Not that forgiving of skidded turns. And not too surprising given the stiffer, cambered tail.
Good speed and good stability at speed too. Opened it out pretty fast and didn't get wobbly or anything. Also had good glide, which is something I don't typically comment on, unless I notice it being better or worse than normal.
Crud: It handled the crud pretty well. Smashes through pretty well, doesn't really get bucked around much.
Bumps: It's not as agile weaving through bumps as my Terrain Wrecker but it's also not bad at all. Going over bumps it was pretty good at hugging them too, without being overly huggy. But all round a fun board to take into the trees.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
This is for a board a couple of models old. Will put up a more recent video once I find one.
Not something I would get if I was wanting to hit jumps most of the day, but not bad for a freeride board.
Pop: Good pop, but a little weird with that noticeably stiffer tail. Particularly for doing ollies and nollies, it can feel a bit weird. Pop not overly hard to access but not super easy either - and that's probably because of that stiffer tail, making it take a bit more effort to pop.
Approach: Stable on faster approaches. Not ultra maneuverable for trickier approaches, but also not like a boat or anything. You can make adjustments when you need to.
Landing: Solid landing base, but forgiving enough too - but can feel a little weird with that uneven flex.
Side-hits: Not ideal but certainly doable.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: I'd say best for medium to large jumps.
Doable, as any board is, but quite weird. Everything about this board is directional, so when you switch it around, you've got to get used to riding it in a hole new way.
Not amazing. Harder to access pop - and if you can get past that, then you've got a board that's pretty tricky to setup or land switch. Getting the spin around wasn't difficult and whilst it's a little heavier than the average board, it didn't feel that way.
Pretty weird for butters. Off the tail it was much harder to press than off the nose.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the BRD is a powder board, that works really well on groomers - and if you're only ever wanting to ride in one direction and want something that's not too overbearing but at the same time can still handle some speed and lay down a carve, then it's something you should have on your shortlist.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other surfy freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare the BRD to other surfy freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.