Expert Review: 2023 Lib Tech Dynamiss [with Video]
Snowboard Expert Sydney Johnson tested the 2023 Lib Tech Dynamiss snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Sydney Johnson got her hands on the 2023 Lib Tech Dynamiss this spring and put it to the test at Powder Mountain in Utah. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every rider is different; if you have any questions about the 2023 Lib Tech Dynamiss or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of the reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Lib Tech (Mervin) claim about this board?
According to Lib Tech, this is the lady ripper. This is an aggressive, all-mountain board designed for women who want to charge and keep up with the guys. And, because we can, we'll even beat them down the mountain.
What is your overall impression of this board?
The overall impression I had of this board was just what I expected. It was fantastic! Magne-traction is an awesome edge control technology developed by Lib Tech. It's comparable to a serrated knife. It cuts through snow with ease, which is especially amazing in spring conditions. It was strong enough to hold my carves, which were very long. Also, it crushed shorter radius carves and was really responsive. Extremely fast edge to edge. It was incredible. I had a great time riding this board today.
Anything else about stability in the turn or anything on the carving front?
C3 is the most aggressive camber in the Mervin line. I felt really stable landing on anything because of the extended camber sections on the board. I felt quite solid at high speeds and low speeds while I was going off side hits and landing or even simply gliding through the trees. This board felt really sturdy, but also super precise.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the board?
There was very little dampness and chatter. The contact points, combined with the camber, really minimized anything I could feel. With that Magne-traction, the edge control on this board really cuts through chunder. I didn't feel much chatter underfoot. This board has incredible consistency & stability. When I landed, I felt like it absorbed most of the impact and kept me floating on top of the snow.
How did it perform at speed?
At high speeds, this board performed really well. It's built for riders who want to carve hard and fast. It let me do that. It didn't hold me back in terms of speed or edge control. It was amazing. This board was also easy to maneuver at high speeds. It was responsive to any slight movement in my toes and heels. I could carve and turn wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and at whatever speed I chose.
How about energy and acceleration?
This board has incredible energy and acceleration. Mervin produces extremely high-quality boards that are also extremely light. When you're in those carves, it will push you out as a directional board should do. I felt all the energy on all the momentum going in and out of all of my carves.
How about playfulness and pop?
As a directional all-mountain board, the board's liveliness and pop were to be expected. Is it soft enough for freestyle tricks?... no, but it is soft enough for some side hits and tricks. I'd feel comfortable riding this board anywhere on the mountain honestly, and I'd also consider taking it through the park. But because of its stiffness, it isn’t really recommended for park riders. I was able to have fun and perform some presses, but it’s not for those diehard park rats.
Can you ride it switch?
Riding switch was fine on this board. It is directional, but because the nose of this board is still rounded, I felt comfortable riding switch and landing switch from my jumps and turns without any problem. You could ride this board switch, but it is directional, so it's more fun riding directional.
How do you imagine it would perform in powder?
Because of its tapered profile and larger nose, this board would perform amazing in powder. Directional Lib Tech boards are incredible, and this board would be incredible in the backcountry or on big mountains.
Any location it would be good for? In terms of where you would want to bring it?
This board would be really great anywhere that you want to ride. This is a good all-mountain board, but also a board I would take out on a cat trip, or somewhere where I'm doing more backcountry terrain.
Who would you not recommend this board to?
Beginners or park-riders may do better with a twin-shaped or softer board. This model is on the stiffer and aggressive side and isn’t meant for buttering. I would only suggest it for intermediates and beyond.
Finally, who would you recommend this board to?
I would recommend this board to advanced female riders who really enjoy playing around, but with a directional board. Not necessarily for your freestyle women. But if you're intermediate to advanced, looking for a board that will take you everywhere in a directional shape, this one is amazing. And it's so pretty! Look at this graphic. It's very badass. Anyways, women who want to ride hard, carve hard, and get into the trees, this is a great option for you.
Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for the way you ride, reach out to Sydney or any other Snowboard Expert here on Curated to get hooked up with free, personalized recommendations.