Expert Review: Lib Tech Dynamo Snowboard · 2023
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2022.
The Lib Tech Dynamo is an all-mountain, freeride board for intermediate to advanced riders. It's a board that seeks out powder and can take on anything thrown its way.
About the snowboard I own
- Model: 2023 Lib Tech Dynamo
- Size: 159w
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 190lbs
- Experience: 18 years of snowboarding
- When I bought this: March 2022
- Days tested: 30
- Mount position: -3 (back) 12 (front)
- Boots: 32 TM2
- Boot Size: 11
- Bindings: 2021 Rome Targa
- Where I’ve used it: Mount Baker, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl
- Terrain: Deep powder, steeps, trees
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was in the hunt for a hard-charging powder board to add to my quiver. My Orca was my go-to, but I wanted something with softer, tamer flex but was still on the aggressive side.
Why I chose this gear
The Dynamo has had some hype, especially after Austin Sweeten showed its potential in the video Rooster Tail. This directional board with a massive nose screamed my name. After witnessing that board's power, I knew I had to have one.
What I love about it
- Speed: The Dynamo knows how to gain speed and maintain it. The slight rocker in the middle with a good bit of camber underfoot helps this board stay on the throttle though any kinda terrain I take it though. The sublimated base feels super fast too.
- Edge hold: I absolutely love Magne-traction (wavy edges with ⅞ contact points on each side). It doesn’t matter if the snow is soft and slushy or icy and bulletproof, the Magne-traction locks in with ease. Especially heelside, I am able to lay into my carves without washing out. It's basically four-wheel drive for edges.
- Turns: Turning is one of the highlights of this board. I have an Orca, and I find it hard turning on mellower runs and terrain since it has a stiff torsional flex. So this softer profile makes turns really come to life.
- Groomers: The Dynamo has a C3 profile (slight rocker in the middle, camber underfoot) so groomers are really fun on this board. The camber makes me feel like I’m gripped and in tune with the snow under me, and the rocker makes this board super poppy and playful on side hits.
- Powder: This is the bread and butter for this board. The Dynamo eats powder. I loved the float of this board. The nose is on the wider side with a good bit of rocker, so it had a ton of float. The powerful core helps drive this board in basically any section, and I can always find speed anywhere I want. Landings off big cliffs or drops are pretty rad, as the nose’s added width really helps me track and stomp landings.
- Trees: I really like the Dynamo in tree sections. The flex profile not being overly stiff makes it feel snappy and easy to get from heel and toe edge quickly and efficiently. The nose has a ton of float, so I can find drive basically anywhere there is fresh snow to get speed in tight, tricky sections.
- Park: The Dynamo is a board built for freeriding and pow, but that doesn't stop it from ripping in the park. Its powerful and poppy core makes sending any park jump a breeze, and the camber helps lock onto rails and boxes.
- Durability: Lib Tech has a reputation for making some durable and eco-friendly boards. The sintered sidewalls can take a beating without blowing an edge. Speaking of metal edges, these edges stop right at the contact points on the tip and tail, eliminating the chance for a blown edge. The eco-friendly top sheets show little wear and tear too.
- Weight: This board feels suuuuuuper light underfoot. Its core is 75% Aspen, so it doesn't feel sluggish while riding; at the end of the day, my legs aren't tired at all.
- Switch riding: Riding and landing switch in the Dynamo is surprisingly easy for a directional freeride board. The camber underfoot and just enough tail really helps me track my landing and ride away from those heavy cliff drops and gaps I can send on this bad boy.
- Stability: The Dynamo is one of the more stable Lib Tech boards I have ever ridden. I wear an 11 boot, and this is the first board I opted for a wide just to try something new. I made the right choice. The mid to somewhat stiff flex and wider waist make this board feel like it is in cruise control and high speed. The Aspen core also eliminates a bunch of chatter, too.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Moguls: Moguls might be the only terrain I found the Dyanmo doesn’t excel in unless I am gapping or popping over them. But what board does excel in moguls? It's on the stiffer side, so tight, compact moguls can make this board challenging to navigate.
Favorite moment with this gear
This board became my go-to weapon when I tripped up to Baker near the end of last season when I was able to get my hands on one. I could attack any run with that board and feel confident knowing it was going to be able to handle whatever I threw at it. From cliffs to tight chutes at Baker, this board absolutely charged.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Dynamo comes in at a good price for how much tech is packed into it. I can easily see a board with this much tech going for more, so I think it's got a lot of bang for the buck. The Dynamo has a unique, hard-charging feel that's also playful that I have yet to find a match. A somewhat similar, hard-charging board with some backbone could be the YES PYL.
The Dynamo is a more-than-capable all-mountain freeride board. The high expectations were met and then some. For an advanced rider that wants a board that can handle any kind of pow, then the Dynamo should be in their arsenal.