Expert Review: 2023 Lib Tech Rasman [with Video]

Snowboard Expert Matthew Kaminski tested the 2023 Lib Tech Rasman snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride.

Snowboard Expert Matt Kaminski carving on the 2023 Lib Tech Rasman snowboard
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Curated Snowboard Expert Matthew Kaminski got his hands on the 2023 Lib Tech Rasman this spring and put it to the test. 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 Lib Tech Rasman 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 these reviews are completely unbiased.

Brand Claims

What does Lib Tech (Mervin) claim about this board? Lib Tech claims that this board is an all-mountain, all-terrain vehicle that can really handle anything you throw at it. Overall Impressions

What is your overall impression of this board? Right off the bat, I really enjoyed this board. It's hard for me to say that with the rocker in the center of this board, but you really don’t notice it. It's shortened up with some mild camber underfoot, but super strong, super responsive, overall, a really fun board to ride.

Carving

How did it turn? This board surprisingly carved super well. You're able to get on edge very easily. This board rides like a dream. I was honestly a little intimidated, but with the mild camber underfoot & rocker in the center, this board really floats well edge to edge.

Was it stable? This being one of Lib Tech's stiffer options, it's definitely a really stable board. That's something I look for when I'm trying out a new board. I want to see how it's going to handle edge to edge. I was honestly really impressed with how this thing rode. I think that I could see myself riding this as a daily driver.

Was it easy to control? Riding this board at high speed, it controls super well. You've got this mild camber in the front that doesn't feel too aggressive, and a more aggressive camber in the back that really gives you a nice solid stomp. And it really allows you to get that heel and toe on edge in the back of the board into the snow and carve the way you want it to.

What about dampness? Any chatter in the board? This board surprisingly ate up a lot of the chatter. I got under some uneven terrain, got under the side of the groomers here and there, and this thing held up really well. Even on some hard pack snow, the board really absorbed everything. I'm really impressed with the way this handled the chatter.

How did it perform at speed? This board can definitely charge hard. That's the one thing I really enjoyed about it, is that it could handle some high speed. Going onto these Lib Tech boards, I'm always curious if they're going to be able to ride fast. This is definitely one of the few Lib Techs that I know of that can handle at harder-charging, high speeds.

Freestyle

How is its playfulness and pop? It being a Lib Tech, it's going to be a playful board. That's always something they've been known for. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would definitely give this a 7. I wouldn't give this board a full 10 on playfulness just because it's somewhat stiff. If you're looking for something that you can really press and lay into, you're going to have to work for it on this board. That being said, if you're going to be riding hard and going fast, it can definitely be playful. You can be able to send this thing super big and stomp really big landings, if that's your style of riding.

How did it perform riding switch? This board rides switch like a dream. That's one thing I need on my snowboard. If you're a big switch rider and you still want something directional, you will be able to ride this thing switch.

How is it for buttering? I was able to press this thing a little bit, but it's going to take a lot to lay into some butters

How was it on jumps? Out of all the Lib Techs I tried out today, this is one of the most stable landing boards. You can go as big as you want to send it, and you'll be able to stomp on this thing.

Looking down at the 2023 Lib Tech Rasman snowboard on a groomed slope from above

Freeride

How would it be in powder? Lib Tech is claiming that this board comes with a powder-ready nose. I didn't get the chance to ride it in any powder, but I know just by the look of it, this huge shovel up here, it's going to keep you floating in all the white stuff.

How about tree runs? This board can definitely handle some tree riding, but you're definitely going to have to be on your game. I want to go into the trees expecting a mellow ride. You're going to really need to drive this board in the direction you want it to go in. It's slightly stiffer than most Lib Tech options. So navigating in some tighter spots might be a little bit tricky.

What kind of terrain would it perform well on? This board would be great for anyone looking to take on a big line. Really it's designed to go fast, stomp big landings, and do big things. I could see this board being perfect on a line of pillows that would involve you flying 10 to 15 feet to the next one. You're going to want to keep this thing off the bunny hill. It's meant to go fast. It's meant to ride hard. If you're a total beginner, we might want to look into a different board.

Is there any location you'd pack this board for? I would love to ride this board up in my home area, back in Summit County. I can imagine it ripping up the entire mountain head to toe, whether I'm at Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, I know it's going to handle any of that terrain like a champion.

Recommendations

Who would you recommend this board to? I'd recommend this board to any intermediate or advanced rider looking for an aggressive, but playful board. This thing is super snappy. This thing is super responsive and still a little stiff. You'll be able to ride into it, lay into the rails, get it carving well, but on the same hand, it will still be playful.

Who should avoid this board, are there better options for them out there? A total beginner might not want to get on this board. If you're still learning and you are able to link some turns, you could check this thing out, especially if you prefer a stiffer option, but I would not want to recommend this board to a total beginner.

Snowboards are all designed for different riders. If you need help finding the right gear, reach out to Matthew or another Snowboard Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations. They’ll make sure to get you hooked up.

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Lib Tech Rasman Snowboard · 2023
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I grew up on the East Coast riding backyard jibs and the local hills. I was fortunate enough to go up to Vermont as a kid and ride Sugarbush, the best mountain on this planet (in my heart, I know there are better!) The terrain park was always where you could find me, even on a powder day! Now a days...

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