Yes the hype is true, demand for this board is pretty much unprecedented in Libs long history. Why you ask? Simply because Travis has produced what can possibly the funnest board EVER..
T Rice wanted a volume shifted shorter pow stick, but with certain characteristics that didn't exist in previous pow specific models. Mainly he wanted a board that would rip pow but could also be ridden switch, adding freestyle capabilities. New for 20/21 the TR Orca moves up to Horsepower construction..added lightness to the core with added Paulonia, and Basalt alloy in the glass mix. Basalt makes the board lighter, but also adds a much damper ride to the deck. This board is easy enough to ride at any level, obviously lending itself to deep pow in the trees, pillow lines..it also holds an amazing edge on groomers, and has powerful pop for punching side hits on the way down for the pow fields.
For an extreme example of what this board is capable of, check Travis's latest edit "Dark Matter". Almost 99% of all the shots are on the 153 Orca. INSANE!!
What makes this board tick?
· Shape - Directional
· Rocker Type – C2X Technology. A shorter, more aggressive banana rocker combined with cambers that sit more underfoot.Extra solid tip and tail pressure for power, pop, precision and end-to-end stability combined with a medium amount of pressure between your feet for carving, edge hold on ice and float in pow.
· Flex – Medium/Stiff. Stout enough to charge your hardest but without excessive harshness.
· Core – Horsepower (HP) Construction - 60% Aspen/40% Paulownia. Lighter, environmentally nicer, smoother.
· Laminates – Triaxial/Biaxial Fiberglass/Basalt Alloy
· Sidewalls – Birch internal sidewalls, UHMW sintered sidewalls, UHMW tip/tail impact deflection
· Base – Sintered knife cut base
· Edges – Magne-Traction – Strategically located edge serrations provide unreal edge hold and control in all conditions. Turns ice into powder.
· Topsheet – Eco Sublimated Bio Beans Top
Volume Shifted – Ride this board 3-6cm shorter than your normal board.
Lib Tech and Travis will be donating a portion of the sale of each Orca snowboard to the Orca Conservancy