Board: Gnu Carbon Credit
Camber Option: BTX. Center reverse camber with Magne-traction.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of gray and blue skies, clouds moving in, mild wind, warmer temps, snow that consisted of being lumpy and mashed potatoes off the groomer and firm and fast as a groomer.
Flex: This board has that nice forgiving middle of the road flex you want in a beginer-intermediate board. There was a little bit of play in the tips that progressively stiffens up under foot and then goes back to being a little softer in the middle. The torsional flex is moderate and not over powering.
Stability: This board was moderately stable. I noticed in really rutted out terrain it would buck me around. At speeds the tips get a little bit of the flutter effect going on which resonates back to the insert pack and back up into the binding.
Ollies: The snap on this board was easy to initiate due to the camber profile. You could pop it with a skate-like approach which means there isn’t a need to aggressively load it up. Compared to other boards with the BTX profile this board felt a bit lifeless and dead with its snap. Which meant as the rider I had to do all of the work.
Pop On Jumps: This board can hand a small to medium sized jump with ease. What I will say is make sure that the lip has a little bit of Woo to it so you can use it to pop you because this board doesn’t do that great of a job.
Butterability: Being center reverse helps this board with butter. It will press how you want with moderate effort but isn’t one of those boards that you have to aggressively power through.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses with ease. Which is to be expected due to the center reverse camber. When sliding sideways on a feature it didn’t hang up or feel hooky, but it also didn’t feel like it was locking in either.
Carving: This board will engage an edge with ease, but it doesn’t have that solid locked in feel that other boards have. On more than one occasion I got this board to buckle and wash out when on edge regardless if it was heel or toe. Ripping a hard carve this board hits a wall and that’s where you have to stop with driving it otherwise you won’t like the end result.
Rider in Mind: Someone that is just starting out and looking to progress or a very lazy rider.
Personal Thoughts: I kept telling myself with this board that it was very much a lazy riders board. It just seemed easy to initiate different aspects of the board but it wasn’t really great at any of them. So while it would get the job done it made me want more. The fact that it washed out more than once had me pondering if it was me or the board. Overall it’s a board that people can progress on but you will hit its apex and need to move on to something else.
Comparable Boards: Flow Merc, K2 Raygun, Burton Instigator
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