If you haven't ridden a Horse Power Construction from Lib Tech, then you are missing out on some serious magic. The combination of snappiness and response combined with dampness is unparalleled in the snowboard world. At least, that's what we think here at Berg's. Very similar to the T. Rice Pro, the Skunk Ape II is setback 1" for a better carving and powder experience, and it only comes in wides for those big-footed fellas out there. Though the Skunk Ape has gone through a couple of iterations, the truth is not much has changed and for good reason. The Skunk Ape II is just a refinement of what has worked so well for so long. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The rocker dominant hybrid profile has two exaggerated camber bumps under foot, which help to keep more of your edge in contact with the snow while turning for extra hold, as well as add extra pop when releasing your turn and for your ollies.
The Sintered Knife-Cut base is ideal for the snowboarder who likes speed. Keep this base well waxed and it will keep you flying at top speed. To top things off the Tri-Ax/Bi-Ax fiberglass layup provides the pop and power you need to get off the ground, but the torsional flex you want to press, butter, and ride boxes and rails. And the true secret sauce is the Basalt Alloy. This is what truly makes the Horse Power Construction lively and damp, and yes we know that is a contradiction. Don't believe us, well I guess there's only one way to find out. So maybe it is time to get yourself a Horse Power board from Lib Tech and if you are still reading this then maybe the Skunk Ape II is the right board for you. *Artist - Quincy Quigg (@q_quigg_)
“I have had the chance to ride many boards over the years working in shops and the Horse Power Construction is still my favorite of all time. The snap and drive you get out of your turn is ideal whether you are digging trenches or boosting off the ground. It is very lively edge to edge as well. The surprising thing is how damp the ride is at the same time. You can find damper boards out there, but they will not have the snap and liveliness of Horse Power Construction.” -Clifford FEATURES • Directional Twin • C2x Rocker • 7/10 Flex • Sintered Knife Cut Base • Magne-Traction® Edges • Horsepower [HP] Construction Core • Tri-Ax / Bi-Ax Glass w/ Basalt Alloy • Eco-Sublimated Poly Topsheet• Internal Birch Sidewalls • UHMW Sintered Sidewalls • UHMW Tip & Tail Impact Deflection • Hand Built in Washington, U.S.A. • 1-Year Manufacture Warranty TECHNICAL SPECS Directional Twin - Take a twin board and a directional board then split the difference. With a stance that is mildly setback from center that allows for easier float in the pow, but not so far back that you can still ride switch with ease, making this one of the most versatile options for a one board quiver. C2x Rocker - A hybrid camber/rocker profile with rocker between the feet and at the contact points with exaggerated camber directly under foot. This allows for easier float in the powder, presses in the park and ease of entry into your turns, while providing more response and edge hold at the feet. Sintered Knife Cut Base - A high density sintered base like this one is ideal for the best glide over the snow. Its porous structure is optimal for wax retention while the high density is tough and smoother than other sintered bases. All this reduces friction to keep you sliding better and longer. Wax regularly and repair professionally. Magne-Traction® Edges - Seven strategically located and sized edge serrations provide unreal edge hold and control in all conditions. Allowing you to lay down your edge confidently on the iciest days. Horsepower [HP] Construction Core - A FSC certified 60% Aspen / 40% Paulownia wood core built to be light and tough with pop and power. The sidewalls are layered with internal end grain birch and the external is wrapped in UHMW polyethylene. The birch is there to improve edge hold and stability, while the UHMW polyethylene dampens vibration and protects from impacts. Uniquely Lib Tech also adds a healthy dose of UHMW polyethylene to the tip & tail for impact deflection. This makes repairs easier and significantly reduces the chance of damaging the core when the unfortunate happens. Tri-Ax / Bi-Ax Glass w/ Basalt - A combination of Tri-Ax and Bi-Ax glass allows for flex where you want it, but stability, strength, and pop when you need it. Lib Tech's unique volcanic fiber derived from basalt features amazing strength and dampening properties allowing the creation of light, strong, and an amazingly smooth ride.