I was trawling snowboard sites the other day making my wish list of boards I’d love to own in my quiver ready for the winter ahead (as you do at this time of year), when I came back to a firm favourite… the Lib Tech TRS!
This multi award winning snowboard has been on my radar for some time, while geeking out on the finer details I started to get carried away with the tech jargon on the website and especially the TNT Fluoro Infused Base. This sounded the business for high speed charging so I went to their tech section to get more information but this is where I started getting worried…..
“TNT BASE MATERIAL
From Lib Tech’s site it list this as “Fast and low maintenance dual layered fluoro base material. Wax it or maybe skip a day. Use Oneballjay snowboard wax.”
This is unusual as most snowboard manufacturers will list the grade and type of material used in the base.
It’s important to note that 2 main types of base exist, sintered and extruded. Both have their place and application, with sintered being a faster more expensive material with better wax retention and extruded being cheaper, slower but easier to repair.
This board retails for circa £450, so you’d expect some higher end materials for your hard earned money. So I started to dig further and discovered that its actually an EXTRUDED base! Which explains why when I’ve previously demo’d some Lib tech snowboards they have felt a bit slow and grabby on the snow. Looking at the Lib Tech range further, I noticed that the majority are sold with the TNT base and only the most expensive snowboards come with their excellent Sintered UHMW base.
This is far from a “Don’t buy Lib Tech” post, but intended to simply help you see through the marketing jargon and buzz words to be more discerning about the equipment you’ll be spending your hard earned pennies on. If a fast base is high on your list then don’t be caught out, as the other Mervin Brands like GNU utilise Sintered bases for nearly every snowboard in their respective ranges.
Still confused about sintered vs extruded bases? Check out this quick 2 min video by the guys at Sputnik to help out..