总会有一个时刻，每一个滑雪板测试仪的职业生涯时，他们变得疲惫。Don’t get me wrong — testing gear for a living ranks higher than many alternatives.
I’ve been testing and reviewing snowboards since 2014. And over the past 5 years of testing, I’ve enjoyed the seemingly endless search for the perfect board. But that all changed for me this past season when I hopped on the库科技T.赖斯奥卡($600).
As I was blinded by yet another glorious face shot, it dawned on me that I had become jaded.
Sizing the Lib Tech Orca: Wide as a Whale
The Orca is a blubbery board — it has ample width and rides shorter than your normal board. Consider the Orca 153: It’s got a nose width of 31.6 cm and a tail width of 30.6 cm, with a waist width of 26.7 cm.
Compare that to Lib Tech’s T. Rice Pro 161.5, which has nose and tail widths of 31.1 and a waist width of 26. I’m 150 lbs, 5’9”, and normally ride a 159 swallowtail in powder with a fully loaded backpack. But I brought the 153 to Japan, and it delivered more than enough float, even in thigh-deep hike-to terrain.
Were I shopping for a Japan trip now that they’ve launched additional sizes, I’d probably go for a 150. If I was looking for more of a daily driver than a powder board, I’d likely be just fine on the 147.
Performance in Powder
技术规格不谈，奥卡骑宽，膨胀表面积提供气垫船状浮在粉末。当然，表面面积本身并不能够在无底Japow雪板到Excel - 其中很大一部分归结为拱形。
The Orca’s C2x camber profile is, in my mind, near perfect. There’s a prominent dip of rocker between the bindings, with camber underneath each foot and flowing to the tip and tail. The rocker pocket acts as a fulcrum on a seesaw, and when you step back on the tail, the nose lifts out of the snow, much like a breaching whale.
I didn’t have too much opportunity to lift off on the Orca, but when I did I was pleased by the snap and pop of the board. Lib ranks the stiffness at a 7/10, which is supplied by lightweight aspen and paulownia core. When airing off of pillows in Japan, the wide shape seemed stable, and smooth landings felt all but guaranteed.
Don’t just take my word for it. If you’ve paid attention to Travis Rice’s Instagram feed, you’ve likely seen the legend take on serious terrain on the Orca. He won the FWT stop at Hakuba, throwing a sizable backside 720 in the process.
He dropped one of the craziest pillow lines the world has ever seen in British Columbia.
But alas, I am not Travis Rice. You are not Travis Rice. (Unless you’re reading this, Travis, in which case, ‘sup, dude — lemme get on the next Falcor expedition).
My point is that unless you’re a bona fide park rat (in which case you’ve probably already stopped reading this), the Orca is capable in most freeride-meets-freestyle scenarios.
Regardless of the terrain or conditions, however, theOrca是，你会被激起来在你颤抖的武器。事实上，它可能只是撞你的箭袋中的其余部分在Craigslist的。
哦，不用担心我 - 作为气馁，因为我可能会暂时放弃Orca我测试其他形状，我陶醉于这骑库技术的任何一天我不上的时钟。我想，作为一个疲惫齿轮检测仪，这是一个跨我所能承受的。