Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket Review

February 8, 2016
Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
89
Handling
8
Pop + Energy
7
Float
10
Versatility
6
Edge Hold
8
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
10

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. 

 


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