Board: Gnu Hyak
Camber Option: BTX. Center reverse camber.
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 over cast skies to puking snow/sleet, warmer temps, moderate winds, snow that was frozen and sticky to fast and slushy.
Flex: This board comes in right around a middle of the road. You get a little more play in the tips than under foot. The middle of the board matches up to the play in the tips. The torsional flex is there but not over whelming or over powering, it’s just right.
Stability: This board is stable to a point, would I charge into a rutted out mogul field? Probably not as it would buck me. But cruising around this board was fine and dandy. It’s a board with that right mix for the recreational rider that likes to charge occasionally.
Ollies: This board has a skate like approach to how it snaps due to the reverse camber. You can load up at the last minute and it will pop or you can be more assertive and really load it up and get a decent snap. It’s designed to help make the whole mountain your skatepark.
Pop On Jumps: Small to medium/large it’s got you covered. There’s enough snap and rebound to pop off any lip and still not wash out when it lands.
Butterability: Being reverse camber really helps you unleash your buttery imagination all over the slopes. So get sideways, pop a 180, just be weird. There is some rebound so you will have to put in marginal work to get the desired effect you want.
Jibbing: This board locks in with some effort and has snap out of any nose/tail press combo you’re going to do. Want to get sideways? Go for it, the board hugs the feature and won’t buckle.
Carving: The edge to edge initiation is smooth and you can transition from toe to heel as fast as you want. When railing a hard turn the board isn’t a limp noodle that will buckle so you can drive the deck as you see fit. It’s one of those decks that lets you be mellow when skidding a turn or just riding around a groomer but still be aggressive when you want to lay a deep trench.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle guy that wants a little setback.
Personal Thoughts: This is a stiffer Skate Banana in my opinion. It’s got some snap and rebound which makes it a bit more fun to ride. It has solid pop, can jib with the best of them, and makes the whole mountain into a skatepark. If you’re looking for a board that can do it all, then check this out.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Westmark Rocker, Flow Era, Ride Machete
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