Board: Gnu Money
Camber Option: C2e. Camber under foot with 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: Overcast skies, mild wind, warm temps, and snow that was slushy and chundery.
Flex: The first thing you’ll notice is this board is softer than middle of the road but stiffer than a full blown jib noodle. This gives it a little bit of snap under foot but not enough to be over whelming. The torsional flex is abundant and you notice it the most when up on edge.
Stability: You’re going to feel a lot of chatter and get bucked around on this deck. That’s just the nature of it. It’s a directional twin park board and the softer flex doesn’t help. Keep those knees bent.
Ollies: The C2e profile is one of those hybrid camber/rocker profiles that gives you a lot of pop. It’s easy to engage and when you do it will rebound with serious ferocity. So if you want to pop, then load it up. But if you’re feeling a bit more laid back then don’t and you’ll still get a solid snap.
Pop On Jumps: I wouldn’t go hit the large line with this deck unless you’re feeling really sure of yourself. The flex is a bit too soft for big jumps, but on the medium and small ones have some fun.
Butterability: You want to butter? Go to town on this deck. There’s a big sweet spot in the tips that is right outside the camber sections that you can press into. When you add in the softer flex and reverse camber between the feet you have something that is magical and playful. There is some snap out of this board so you might have a little fight, but not enough to overwhelm you.
Jibbing: This board is at home on boxes and rails. It slides with ease and is effortless with engaging a press. Go slow or fast, it doesn’t matter.
Carving: One might think with a board like this being on the softer side you would over power it on a carve. That only happened once and that was when drastically driving the back knee into the center while flexing my front foot upward. The edge to edge transition is quick and nimble. Having Magne-Traction drastically increases the edge hold but not in a way that you always feel locked into.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that doesn’t mind a little set back.
Personal Thoughts: This board is super fun and snappy yet real soft. You can boost with it with ease. While it is soft it’s still responsive and forgiving which is nice when you just want to play around and not be overly aggressive. Over all it’s a board that fits a select criteria and doesn’t suck.
Comparable Boards: K2 Raygun, Rossignol Templar, Yes Basic
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