Expert Review: Lib Tech Box Knife

Published on 07/13/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested in March 2020.
Brit Bruhn, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Brit Bruhn

About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested in March 2020.

My take

The Lib Tech Box Knife is made for riders who want to charge hard in the park and know they have a solid board for when they are sending big, but can also be dialed back to still have fun cruising groomers. This board is made for advanced to expert riders.

About the gear

  • Model: 2022 Lib Tech Box Knife
  • Size: 151

About me

  • Height: 5’3”
  • Weight: 138 lbs
  • Experience: 21 years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I tested these: March 2020
  • Days tested: 1
  • Mount position: Regular Rider
  • Boots: Vans Ferra Pro Women’s Snowboard Boots
  • Boot Size: 7
  • Bindings: Women’s Burton Lexa
  • Where I’ve used it: Keystone Resort, Colorado
  • Terrain: Groomers, trees

How it performs

High Speed Stability
Turn Ease

What I was looking for

A lot of riders this season have asked my opinion on this board so I was super stoked to get my feet strapped in so I could give customers my honest opinion on this board. Most customers asked if it's a good board to spend 50% of your time in the park and the other 50% ripping everywhere else and the answer is yes – this is a great all-mountain board that also shines in the park.

Why I chose this gear

I chose to test ride this board because who doesn’t want to rip an all-mountain freestyle board? I wanted to test ride this board because I wanted to buy the 148cm size, and now that I have gotten to test ride it, it might be joining my quiver next season as my new park board.

What I love about it

  • Speed: This board has aggressive camber and rocker in it, and is ready to lead the pack and start sending big. I was on a board bigger than my usual size, so the stability at high speeds was great for me. But, I would love to try this board in my actual size and see how I feel.
  • Edge hold: The Box Knife has Magne-Traction serrated edges to help carve into the snow, so the edge hold was great on those icy spots.
  • Turns: I enjoyed carving on this board as this board has aggressive camber and rocker. I loved the loser feel with the rocker, and having the aggressive camber made it feel awesome as it was pretty quick from edge to edge.
  • Backcountry: This board can handle chop and uneven terrain so why not take it out a gate at a resort? Jesse Burtner takes it in the backcountry and that dude rips!
  • Groomers: This board felt great on the groomers – turns were super fun and I was able to get from edge to edge pretty quick. I love ripping groomers and enjoyed taking this board on them.
  • Trees: This board is ready to zoom through trees and send some hidden cliffs while you are in there.
  • Moguls: I think this board would do just fine if moguls are where you want to be. This board is medium stiffness so it would be fun to play around in the moguls. I did not take this board in any moguls but from the profile of this board, I think it would do just fine and you would have fun
  • Park: This board is ready to shine in the park, and throw down some huge lines!
  • Durability: All in all, this board is pretty durable. The construction of Lib Tech boards is awesome and I find that they hold up all season long. The sintered base is also really durable.
  • Weight: This board is pretty light compared to some other options. I rode a board bigger than my usual size, so it felt heavier for me but after talking with other riders that rode this board in their size, it's considered a lighter board.
  • Switch riding: The Box Knife is a true twin, so this board is great for switch riding.
  • Stability: The Box Knife is a park-oriented board, so the pop was there. When I was cruising at higher speeds, I did feel a slight chatter, but with the Magne-Traction, I felt more stable.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Powder: I would not recommend this board as your pow chaser because there are specific boards for pow, and this isn't one of them, but with a few fresh inches this board would still shine.

Favorite moment with this gear

I enjoyed the couple of laps I got to take on this board. I enjoyed how stable it felt when I jumped off some rocks from the catwalk to the groomers. I had a blast laying out my carves on the groomers and making some great turns.

Value for the money vs. other options

This board retails at $799 new and truthfully, I think this board is worth it because of its performance. If you are looking for a great park board that can handle more terrain outside of the park, this board will have your back. I think some great options that compare to this board are the Capita Defender of Awesome (DOA), and the GNU Headspace 2022.

Final verdict

Overall, I think this board is great for advanced to expert level riders looking for an all-mountain, freestyle ripper that can take them anywhere they want on the resort.

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