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Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket

- published February 2016

89

2016

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
7
Float
10
Versatility
6
Edge Hold
8
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$699.95
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THE GOOD

  • Great for pow
  • Fun for slashing turns on groomers
  • One of the prettiest boards available

THE BAD

  • So pretty you may want to put it on a wall
  • Just one size (157.5cm)
  • Not for switch riders

THE VERDICT

The Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket is a fun board for ripping big, slash-y turns all the way down the mountain, whether you’re on powder or corduroy. Only 157.5 cm long, it's shortness helps it perform in the trees. If you’re a park rider or looking to ride switch a bunch, this isn’t the deck for you. 

FULL REVIEW

For a few testers, this board was one of the shortest they rode. That was a good thing: very responsive, but never squirrely at speed. Good for trees and better in the pow, this board made riders feel like they were surfing a near-endless wave, no matter where they were on the mountain. Edgehold is solid. And the manufacturer’s green manufacturing is about as good as it gets. So, for folks who like to vote with their dollar for green manufacturing, it’s tough to do better than a board from Lib Tech or its sister company Gnu. 

HANDLING
Although the waist of this deck is wide, 26.9”, it’s still relatively quick from side to side. With a short tail this board inspires you to ride the mountain like a big wave. 

POP + ENERGY
With more camber than not, the Mayhem Rocket has mild reverse (“banana” in Lib Tech’s nomenclature) camber between your feet and more traditional camber on the rest of the deck, providing plenty of pop and energy, while still maintaining a wee bit of looseness. 

FLOAT
With 657 square inches of planing surface, this Mayhem Rocket has a massive amount of float. It's a joy to ride on a powder-day.

VERSATILITY
Great for everything but the terrain park.

EDGE HOLD
Although lacking Lib Tech’s patented Magne-Traction, the mostly traditional camber ensures strong edgehold. 

SUSTAINABILITY/CRAFTSMANSHIP
Lib Tech’s parent company, Mervin Manufacturing, is based Washington and all of their boards are made in the U.S. The wood core is built from fast-growing aspen trees. The top sheet is built with a plastic made from beans. And the production is solid: take a close look at it and you can tell it’s handmade by craftspeople. 

How We Tested It

The board in this test was used on a demo day at Mammoth Mountain along with more extended time in the backcountry in and around the Eastern Sierra.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$699.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
7
Float
10
Versatility
6
Edge Hold
8
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Specs

  • Length(s): 157.5 cm
  • Gender: Unisex

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