Hello and welcome to my Lib Tech T Rice Golden Orca review.
In this review I will take a look at the Golden Orca as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Golden Orca a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and also see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Lib Tech Golden Orca
Price: $849 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 85.9/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 40 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Golden Orca’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Golden Orca’s specs and available sizes.
SETBACK 1" (25mm)
Sintered | Lib Tech's "Eco Subliminated Sintered Base"
Felt a touch heavier than normal
5mm - but harder to measure on a hybrid rocker board
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Golden Orca Most Suited To?
The Golden Orca is best suited to someone with a full wallet! But in all seriousness, it's a really good option for someone looking for a freeride board that's versatile enough to be your daily driver, even if you're wanting to incorporate a bit of freestyle in your riding.
It does well across most factors, while being particularly good in powder.
It's not a super easy board to ride and it feels at it's best with some speed under it, so you'll want to be relatively advanced to get the most out of it, and even to properly enjoy it. It takes some effort to ride, but when you put the effort in, it does reward you.
THE Golden Orca IN MORE DETAIL
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Golden Orca is capable of.
Board: Lib Tech T Rice Golden Orca 2023, 153 (263mm waist width)
Date: March 22, 2023 (and again March 24, 2023 to get it in some powder)
Literally not a cloud in the sky. Sunny and, of course, perfect visibility.
Temperature was around 4°C (39°F) - and 3°C (37°F) with wind chill in morning and 5°C (41°F) (and 4°C (39°F) with wind) in the afternoon. So super warm.
SW winds morning and afternoon at 5kph (3 mph) morning and 10kph (6 mph) in the afternoon.
24 hour snow: 0" (0cm)
48 hour snow: 0" (0cm)
7 day snow: 0" (0cm)
On groomer: Hard and borderline icy in spots but soft borderline slushy in others. Got softer and more slushy as the day went on. But to start with had some icy patches.
Off groomer: Crunchy and icy in spots. Soft patches, which increased as the day went on.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 21″ (530mm)
Stance Setback: Setback 1" (25mm)
Width at Inserts: 10.8" (274mm) at front insert and 10.7" (272mm) at back insert.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Response ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita, M
Weight: 6lbs 11oz (3040grams)
Weight per cm: 19.87 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.71 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 250 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 models. The Golden Orca was a heavier than average on the scales and felt that a bit on snow too. But only slightly heavier than normal. It's a wide board, so you size down - and grams/surface area would likely be normal.
Had no powder to test in the first day I rode it, but then we got a good 7" (18cm) a couple of days later, so decided to take it out again. And it didn't disappoint. Felt great in powder.
No surprise really, given it's shape & taper and with the rocker in the middle of the board all helping with float.
Did well on aggressive carves. Whilst there's more rocker in the middle vs Lib Tech's C3 boards, it did surprisingly well to hold deeper carves at high speeds.
Ease of Turns/Slashing: You've got to work a bit for your turns on this board. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's hard to turn it, but it's not effortless either. Prefers a straighter turn as apposed to a tighter turn.
Maneuverability at slow speeds (nimbleness): While initiating turns took some effort, particularly sharper turns, once putting that energy in it was actually decently quick edge-to-edge, but not effortlessly agile.
Catchiness: Felt like you could catch an edge if you got too lazy. Quite stiff torsionally. But nothing super catchy or anything.
Was nice and stable at speed and felt at it's best when riding fast vs riding slow.
Crud: Felt good smashing through chop/crud/chunder. Board felt pretty damp overall.
Trees/Bumps: Because you ride it shorter and because, with a little effort, it's pretty quick edge-to-edge, it's actually pretty decent. Preferring straighter turns holds it back from being amazing though.
Pretty decent overall.
Pop: It's not super easy to access the pop - as is the case with most stiffer boards. But it's not super hard either. And total pop is decent.
Approach: Pretty stable for faster approaches. And not too hard to adjust, but not super easy to adjust either.
Landing: Decent overall. And enough tail you can get away with tail heavy landings to an extent.
Side-hits: Not ideal, but fine.
Transitions weren't ideal, with a slightly catchy feeling. But when through the transition, it actually felt really decent riding switch. Better than I expected. And this is more double ender than the regular Orca, so upon reviewing the specs, not a big surprise it felt pretty good.
Easier to press than I was expecting. Still certainly got to put some weight/effort into the tip/tail to get them to press. Is more double ender than original Orca too, so a more balanced feel - but still some tail and tip difference.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Golden Orca is a more versatile board than I was expecting. Whilst it's not anything super playful or easy to ride, it's not super hard to ride either and it's the kind of board that rewards you when you ride it more aggressively.
It doesn't really have any major weaknesses, except perhaps the price tag.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below for more info on the Golden Orca, where to buy or if you are researching prices or available sizes.
If your keen to check out some other Freeride options or to see how the Golden Orca compares to other freeride decks check out the link below.