Board: Gnu Headspace
Camber Option: C3. Camber dominant under foot with a mellow rocker between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, moderate wind, warm temps, and snow that was soft yes still fast and not total mashed potatoes.
Flex: This board has some stiffness between the feet with a softer flex out at the tips. The torsional flex is moderate which makes it noticeable but not overwhelming or even underwhelming, it’s that perfect blend that matches to the stiffer flex from insert pack to insert pack.
Stability: This board was stable in the variable terrain. You would notice a little chatter at speeds but not enough to make the board feel less damp than it already is.
Ollies: This board has some power under it due to the C3 camber profile. You can aggressively load it up and know you’re going to have some serious pop, or you can be a bit more subdued and snap it at the last minute and still have great pop. The quick answer to the question of how does it pop, is it pops exceptionally well.
Pop On Jumps: This board is built to jump, so don’t hesitate, just send it. Regardless of size this board has you covered.
Butterability: The blunt shape and softer tips lets you really press into the snow. There is a decent amount of rebound out of the board so expect to have to fight it a little bit.
Jibbing: You’ll want just a bit of speed when you jib with this board as it does have some rebound to it when you’re pressing. There’s an immense sweet spot in the tips that locks in perfectly to rails and boxes. C3 grips rails when you go sideways and won’t buck you.
Carving: Having an asymmetrical sidecut really helps this board on its heelside edge. You can rail turns however you see fit; whether long drawn out carves or short quick tight ones. I found that center flexing the board really helps drive it through the carve and snap it out as you transition from one edge to the other. The Magne-Traction gives more grip than a standard sidecut but doesn’t leave you feeling locked in.
Rider in Mind: The high end freestyle rider that wants a board with serious snap.
Personal Thoughts: It says something when you test a lot of boards and find one you don’t want to change out, this was one of those boards. It’s got snap, it’s got play, it’s got precision, it’s got power, and it’s fun. I liked charging around with it hitting sidehits, launching hips, buttering, laying a trench here or there. It’s a board you can do a lot with and not be confined by how it’s built or whom it’s marketed to.
Comparable Boards: Niche Theme, Lago Double Barrel, K2 Happy Hour
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