Board: Gnu Space Case
Camber Option: C2x. Camber under foot with a shortened 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, snow that was fast but starting to get super soupy and chundery.
Flex: With a camber profile like this you get a board that typically is really playful. Gnu understands this and beefs up the core making it a little past middle of the road stiff. You still get a softer flex in the tips, stiffer under foot, and more play between the feet. The torsional give is there and noticeable every time you rail a turn.
Stability: This board can handle moderate chunder and ruts with ease, getting into bigger ruts I noticed that it would bounce me around a bit. At speeds on a groomer there wasn’t too much chatter in the tips. Overall it’s stable to a point but does have its limitations.
Ollies: The camber zones make it easy to load up and aggressively pop. What I found was this is a board you don’t have to be aggressive with loading up to snap with it. It’s playful yet powerful when it needs to be.
Pop On Jumps: Here’s a board that some might say has limitations with jumping, I don’t believe so. I think a lot of it will come down to the rider. It absorbs landings with ease and always felt stable. The pop you get off the lip is dependent on if you know how to jump or not.
Butterability: With two independent camber zones you have the option to load it up and play around as you see fit. So get weird and butter your muffin all over the snow.
Jibbing: This board locks into nose and tail presses aggressively, you’ll feel the reverse camber between the feet be a hinge point which helps with the flex. When you get sideways this board cradles the feature with ease. There’s some snap out of the tips when doing nose/tail presses so be aware of it.
Carving: Between the asym sidecut and the Magne-Traction this board can rip a turn. It has that uncanny ability to aggressively change direction when you over flex the center reverse camber. If you really want to lay a Euro-carve, don’t hesitate, it will do that. The overall initiation of a turn or carve is mellow and doesn’t fight you.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that rides the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Between this and the Headcase I’m not sure which one I liked more. They both fit a certain criteria for a rider and they both have some precision and power. This board is the more playful of the two which lets you be a bit more lax with how you do tricks or ride. For those that are mellow I would recommend this and for those that are a bit more aggressive I would say check out the Headcase.
Comparable Boards: DC Ply, Yes Greats Smokin Awesymetrical.
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