The Attack Banana was a late-season/mid-season release in 2012 and there was a lot of stoke behind it.
Shape: Twin, with Lib’s EC2BTX which is center reverse with elliptical camber zones underfoot, these camber zones are a little closer inside than the C2BTX
Bindings: Flow NX2
Stats: Dave 6′ 210 lbs stance at ~24″ regs, 15/-15
Conditions: hardpack, semi-firm groomers not a patch of ice to be found anywhere, well groomed boarder-x course, beginner park features about 30 degrees.
Lib rates this as 6 or 7 depending on size, I’m a bigger guy on a smaller board so it was softer, felt more almost like a pure medium flex which is softer than I like for “all mountain” but probably about right for freestyle.
The hybrid camber EC2 delivered pretty good pop on this board, felt better than average, and among Lib Tech’s lineup I’d say it was better than the Skate Banana but not as good as the Travis Rice.
For an all-mountain board I think the Attack has enough versatility to be a pretty decent jibber, without being overly loose or playful.
The Attack Banana’s medium flex gave it just enough responsiveness to handle pretty well on groomers, where it excelled at low- to medium speed carves, quick enough edge-to-edge for short radius turns and comfortable also on the more drawn out lazy Sunday carves. Although conditions were pretty close to ideal for board tests this day, the Attack Banana did fold on me under pressure on aggressive turns/carves. Lib’s magnetraction performs as expected and gives you some added “bite” in the hardpack.
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Summing it up:
Overall I rate this board right about average, maybe it was the hype about mid-season release last year but it was kind of a let-down. It is an all-mountain freestyle board but it’s one of those boards where I’m just not sure where it fits in your quiver. It’s not super playful but I wasn’t stoked with its ability to rip carves at high speeds or in gnarly conditions either. The Attack Banana is probably best suited for the intermediate to advanced rider who has a very skatey freestyle approach to all-mountain riding, but doesn’t want to sacrifice park & jib performance.