We often get asked to decipher the code of different snowboard companies at the shop and Mervin Manufacturing's board technology and key terminology is no exception. We have been thankful to be involved with these amazing brands and want to share the good word. So we are going to take this opportunity to enlighten the masses in our own words (and theirs) to shed some light on an often confusing concept.
Camber Profiles: The bend of the snowboard.
- Original Banana (BTX): Flat to mild camber directly under your feet with a reverse camber profile overall from contact point to contact point. Forgiving, fun, easy, jibby, floaty. Found in the Lib Tech Sk8 Banana, the GNU Hyak, and the Roxy Sugar.
- C2e, C2, C2x: Varying lengths and heights of camber under the feet with a reverse camber profile overall from contact point to contact point for the perfect blend of cambers for performance in every situation. Control, happy middle, precision, floaty.
- C2e: A more elliptical camber underfoot for a great balance of forgiveness and control. Found in the Lib Tech Attack Banana HP, and the GNU Money.
- C2: A more consistent and traditional camber underfoot for more consistent power and response. Found in the Lib Tech T. Rice Pro HP, the Lib Tech Cold Brew, the Lib Tech Skunk Ape HP, and the Lib Tech Lando Phoenix.
- C2x: A heightened and lengthened camber section underfoot for superior edgehold and performance in a high performance, hybrid cambered snowboard. Found in the Lib Tech TRS HP, the GNU Forest Bailey Space Case
- C3: Camber for snowboarders. C3 utilizes camber outside your feet combined with a subtle reverse camber section in the center of the board to maximize edge contact and optimize performance. Perfect for aggressive snowboarding. Found in the Lib Tech E.Jack Knife, the Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix, the Lib Tech Swiss Knife, and the GNU Billy Goat.
Edgehold Technology: Added feature for holding an edge.
- Magne-Traction: Effortless edge-hold with serrated steak knife technology. Seven strategically located edge serrations provide unreal edge hold and control in all conditions. With the deepest serrations between your feet Magne-Traction allows you to power through firm groomers, chop, and powder with little difference.
- Magne-Traction .5: A slightly toned down version of its big brother, Magne-Traction .5 has less serration depth in order to give you the boost you need on boards that need less help. Found on the Lib Tech Attack Banana HP, and the GNU Billy Goat.
- Asym Magne-Traction: Turning your snowboard involves different techniques on your toe side edge and heel side edge. Introducing two different Magne-Traction patterns on both edges allows for a more natural feel and needed boost to your boards edgehold. With full Magne-Traction on your heels, and Magne-Traction .5 on your toes you get the help you need while keeping your board fun and forgiving. Found on asymmetrical boards like the GNU Forest Bailey Space Case and the GNU EcoChoice.
Core Constructions: General layout of core materials.
- Original Power Construction (OP, OP+): Light, environmentally nice, and strong. Found on the Lib Tech Sk8 Banana, the Lib Tech Lando Phoenix, the Lib Tech Cold Brew, the Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix, and the Lib Tech E.Jack Knife.
- Core: Aspen / Columbian Gold
- Glass: Bi-Ax / Tri-Ax Fiber
- Top: Eco Sublimated Poly Top
- Base: TNT
- Core: Aspen / Columbian Gold / Paulownia
- Glass: Tri-Ax / Bi-Ax & Basalt Alloy
- Top: Bio Beans
- Base: TNT / Sintered
- Core: Balsa / Paulownia / Aspen / Columbian Gold
- Glass: Tri-Ax Basalt / Bi-Ax Glass and Basalt Alloy
- Top: Bio Beans
- Base: Sintered