LIB TECH TRAVIS RICE BTX | $538.95 There aren't too many pro models in snowboarding any more, but Travis is huge. There's a few different things going on with this board. A full wood core with fiberglass on top, but with a tri-axle weave. Three layers of fiberglass. More torsional stiffness. They're using higher-end wood core, making it super light and springy. They've been trying to fine-tune the reverse camber into a nice, happy medium, so it rides catch-free, you have grip in the tip and the tail, and ollie power. So this board has Lib Tech's C2 Power Banana, so it's going to be rocker between the feet; but as we start to get out to the tip and the tail, they start to roll it back to the snow a little bit, basically going back to a camber shape, back to an aggressive, high-end freestyle. They ride huge jumps, back country — this isn't rails and parks anymore. This board also has Magna Traction, a slightly serrated edge, for a more effective edge in a shorter length. This gets some of the pressure from the tip and the tail contact points down to your feet where the weight is, distributing the pressure more evenly.

BURTON CARTEL EST BINDINGS | $259.95 I'm not positive this is good for every rider out there, but my experience with these bindings has been good. You've got a binding that flexes with the board as you're turning, and you also got a nice pad underneath your foot, instead of having a hard base plate. You can put it on the screw, not tighten it down, get your feet in, and just dial your stance in completely. If you're on the hill, you can loosen the two screws and slide your binding in while looking at your reference point. You can go half an inch back if it's a powder day without taking your binding off. Typically, to change your stance, you have to take your screws off — even to spin your angle, which isn't fun if it's 20 degrees and windy.
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