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Magne-Traction Anyone?

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Has anyone had much experience with the Lib Tech/Gnu snowboards using the Magne-Traction design? I am looking for a freeride board that will do a better job on east coast icy slopes than a standard board. Right now, if it gets real icy I reach for my skis!

Chris S.

Level I - Adaptive Snowboarding

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post #2 of 8
In short it works. I demo'd a magne traction board early in the season. Rode everything from icy moguls, to knee deep pow on it. I was impressed. Makes your board "feel" longer that it is. Kind of hard to explain, but in essence I was getting the edge bite on a 161 that I would expect on something close to 170. Probably the best type of board for the ice coast. I wouldn't be surprised if they start demo'ing this tech on ski's.
post #3 of 8
It works great. I'm concerned if they don't keep making them if I am going to be able to ride a regular board. I am able to carve my 157 dark series(freestyle board) almost like a carving board. Watch the width, because I can tip it up on edge more than a reegular edge board, therefore I have booted out more with this board.
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rode it...it worked like a champ. cant imagine how to tune the thing though...
post #5 of 8
Would someone explain, in layman's terms, how this board works exactly? I've seen the info-plug on RSN for it, but never having seen one up close I am still confused as to how it works. Am I correct in thinking the edge is wavy (for lack of a better term)?

If the wavy edge thing is correct, does that impart more of the overall edge into the snow surface when the board is flexed? By far and away my biggest dislike of snowboarding is riding on Eastern hardpack, which has made the middle of this season quite frustrating (and is the reason I've spent more time on skis this year).
post #6 of 8
The edge is wavy or a french frie cut for a lack of a better term. My understanding is that when pressured the"high" point of these waves act like daggers digging into the snow. It works is about all I know. It's probably not perfected either, I would imagine more research and time will be put into fine tuning it. As I stated, it made the board I was riding, feel like it had an effective edge of a board that was 5-10 cm longer.
post #7 of 8
i have not test ridden this board, but interested in hearing that this board seems to improve edge performance in ice.

my thoughts on how it works; a serrated edge acts more effectively when slicing through ice/crud as opposed to a smooth edge, because the high points cut an initial opening then followed through with the remainder of the edge, until the next high point of the serrated edge follows through. there is also more effective edge as killclimbz points out, more edge surface working though the snow. the magne-traction should probably perform better as conditions get worse in terms of ice/crud.

killclimbz, you say it performs like a longer board, do you suppose the loss of shape or arc due to waves be the reason?
post #8 of 8
Well that's the only thing I can come up with. The bigger "platform" was the first thing I noticed when I got on the board. It took a few turns to get a feel for how the board reacts. No biggie. Does this tech throw the industry on it's ear? Not really, but it does work. For those who ride a lot of icy conditions this is probably the board to get. I am not sure how you home tune a board like this though. Sharpening the edges seems problematic.
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