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 Post subject: Lib-Tech's Banana and Magnetraction
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:47 am 
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Does anybody have any experience with either of these for snowkiteing?

When kiteing we position our weight further back than snowboarding and having a board with rocker vs. camber seems like a better fit to snowkiteing.

I'm just trying to get some reviews before ponying up the cash on one of these.

I do think the Banana Hammock would be a ton of fun in the powder. Too bad we do not see enough powder around here to justify it. Heck that sucker may even work on the water. It could be like an ATV just put on your drysuit and have it. No need to worry about thin ice or open water just blast through it.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:54 am 
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I have ridin one on the slopes and one time snowkiting. ITS SICK.

If it was just a bit more wider i would have got it this year but went with the 161W Dark Series instead. If you are a skeptic at least get it with Magma...

The rocker helps set an edge, load, pop and press with ease! Plus it eases the pain in your legs when riding for hours on end...


ITs THE FUTURE OF SNOWBOARDING...


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:05 am 
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I will have mine in 2 days.. its hard getting them here in europe now since libtech cant produce enough..
My main thing is to use it in the mountains but if it works better than my Nobile or Airevolution I will defiantly opt for the banana skate for kiting too..
I might drop a line here on what I think if u guys are interested..
The magnetraction is killer on a board with normal camber and I have some really high hopes for this baby..
if only fedex could get a move on!!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:26 pm 
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i have a libtech for my mountainboard. it rides great. the magna-traction edges carve like a knife when on edge. although i have not used it for snowkiting yet. the banana board does look promising. just some input.


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I have several friends from Snowbird downhillers to midwest Snowkiters, from icy mountain conditions to crusty frozen lakes they all rave about the edge control from the magna trac on icy surfaces.

A twin tip split board with magna trac, that would be the ultimate board... 5 please :thumb:

Someone had a bannana hammock in the pow last weekend... but conditions were to random to get a good report. Seems like the Ban is better in pow obviously.

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Also noticed that Gnu licensed the magna traction from Lib and are offering it on a few models...

.... maybe all boards will have this technology in a few years???

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:26 pm 
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Libtech and gnu is all the baby of Mervin.. some roxy boards also come with magnetraction..

check it at http://www.mervin.com


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:39 pm 
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How do you tune it? If you DO want to keep your edges sharp...does a typical edge tool work on the curved bumps? Is the edge going to get trashed the first time I take it in for a tuneup and someone machine tunes my side edge? (flat bottom belt sand should be fine)

Good picture of it here;
http://lib-tech.com/magneTraction/index.html

I'd love to demo it.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:57 pm 
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for questions regarding tuning the magnatraction check out this flyer..

http://www.libtechblogs.com/blog/2006/1 ... e_de-.html


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:01 am 
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I've been riding the LibTech Dark Series Magna for a year and half. Ya it's prettty nice. You can see the closeups of the board working in Project:Cloud 9 in the water portion
http://www.vimeo.com/376197

Sometimes on hardpack on the slopes it sticks a little and the turn won't initiate but it's probably me being a little lazy. Maybe a lot of the riders on Magna don't notice it because they don't know hot to make a carved turn on a snowboard but can bust a frontside boardslide down a 40 foot kinked rail like no big deal..?? it amazes me

Anyways great boards and the Banana Hammock could be sweet for just powder....but it has to be all powder. Which kiting sometimes you get the rare hard pack in places because of the wind.

Anyways see ya later off to speedflying.....ha ha no I'm serious

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