Hello and welcome to my Lib Tech T Rice Pro review.
In this review, I will take a look at the T Rice Pro as an aggressive all-mountain freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the T Rice Pro a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain freestyle snowboards.
Board: Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP C2 BTX
Price: $599 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain Freestyle
Flex: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 84.7/100
Compared to other Aggressive All-Mountain Freestyle Boards
Out of the 16 aggressive all-mountain freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 84.4/100
- The highest score was 90.9/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 75.6/100
- The average price was $530
- The Travis Rice Pro ranked 8th out of 16
Overview of the Travis Rice Pro’s Specs
Check out the tables for the T Rice Pro’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle||Flex||Medium-Stiff (7/10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Semi-Stable|
|Weight||Heavy feeling||Turn Initiation||Medium|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (C2 BTX)||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Icy snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||247||253||255||258||263||260||265||262||267|
|Weight Range (lbs)||80+||100+||110+||120+||125+||130+||135+||140+||145+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||41+||45+||55+||59+||59+||64+||64+||68+||70+|
A couple of things about the sizing of this board. First of all, kudos to Lib Tech for providing mid-wide as well as wide options for some of the sizes. For some the width of their wide would be too wide and having those mid-wide options for those sizes will help some people to find a better size.
Secondly, and more importantly, I would suggest sizing down for this board. It rides long, IMO. I would have preferred to have ridden the 155, even though 157 would normally be my preferred all-mountain-freestyle size. And the width would have fit me better on the 155 too.
Finally, the sizes up to 157W have the blunt shaped nose (as per the pic at the top of this page) and the sizes 161.5MW and up have pointy noses.
Who is the T Rice Pro Most Suited to?
This board is most suited to an aggressive freestyle rider who wants to take on the whole mountain at speed but wants to do so hitting every natural hit they can find and be able to ride switch aggressively too.
You can definitely also hit the park with this board – but it’s for those that like to skip the jibs and find the big jumps. It’s good on jumps in general but really excels on large jumps.
This is for advanced riders – definitely not for beginners.
The T Rice Pro in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the T Rice Pro is capable of.
Board: Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, 157cm (258mm waist width)
Date: March 4, 2017
Conditions: Plenty of fresh powder to be found. Had been puking it for a good few days leading up. Still bumpy and chundery in places as it was a Saturday but mostly soft good conditions on the groomers and plenty of powder off.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
The T Rice Pro isn’t made for powder but it can hold its own in deeper snow.
It has a good bit of rocker between the feet which helps with float but it’s also a true twin board with a centered stance. If you only get the occasional powder day at the resort and don’t ride the backcountry (or have another board for that) then it rides well enough in powder.
Or if you want a board that can handle powder riding switch as well, then it’s a good choice for powder.
Even though the T Rice Pro doesn’t have the most aggressive camber profile of Lib Tech boards, it still feels quite aggressive.
Compared with something like the Lib Tech Hot Knife (which I would also class as an aggressive all mountain freestyle board) which has the C3 BTX profile (more aggressive profile that is predominantly camber – less rocker between the feet than the Travis Rice Pro), this board is almost as aggressive. This is probably because it’s a good bit stiffer than the Hot Knife and has an effective edge on the 157 that is longer than the effective edge on the 159 Hot Knife.
This board likes to ride straight and fast. Not really one for slowing up and playing with – it’s for aggressive freestyle riding over the whole mountain – not for playful freestyle riding, IMO.
Not too forgiving of skidded turns but also not the most punishing of them, compared to others out there.
Nice on a carve but not amazing.
This board is fast and feels stable at speed. This is one of the really nice features of this board if you’re someone who likes to ride fast but still wants a twin. It’s very fast for a twin and feels very stable at speeds, despite all that rocker between the bindings.
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Less forgiving on uneven terrain than I was expecting. It’s definitely a board you can ride in uneven terrain but you want to be on your game and really get those down un-weighted turns going.
If you’re an advanced rider then yeah you can handle the uneven stuff on this board but it performs at it’s best going fast down groomed runs and finding whatever you can to pop off.
This is where this board shines, IMO. Finding natural hits on the terrain or for large jumps in the park.
It felt really stable on landings and definitely no problem with speed on the approach. And it’s got plenty of pop and spring to it.
It’s a true twin and has a centered stance so naturally it felt good riding switch.
But you’ll want to be good at riding switch because this board wants to go fast whatever direction you’re riding it in. If this was a rating for someone wanting to learn to ride switch, it would be lower – but for someone who is adept at riding switch, this board will feel very natural doing so.
Not really a jibber. Not for me anyway. If you’re really on your game and very confident with jibs, then of course you can jib with it – but not ideal for that – too stiff for my liking on jibs. It’s more for the jump line when you’re in the park as opposed to the jib line.
I didn’t ride it in the pipe. But riding it everywhere else, I am confident that this board would be an awesome pipe board.
It has great edge hold, it’s fast, it’s a true twin and it’s poppy.
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||84.7/100|
This is a more aggressive board than you think when you see that it has a C2 BTX profile – so if you like to ride freestyle over the whole mountain and do it in a fast, aggressive manner and want plenty of pop, like the jump line over the jib line in the park and want to ride fast in your natural direction and your switch direction – then this is definitely worth considering.
I preferred the Hot Knife over this personally – I think I just preferred the aggressiveness coming from the camber but with a slightly softer flex and a bit more difference in terms of the length to effective edge ratio.
But for some this would be the preferred combination – especially if want to get a bit more performance in powder than you get with the Hot Knife.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the T Rice Pro, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and size availability check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle options or want to see how the T Rice pro compares, check out the next link.