Board: Gnu SPAM
Camber Option: C3. Camber under foot with an ever so mild rocker between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Fresh snow on the ground that was a mix of light and heavy, firm groomers, sunny skies with clouds rolling in and out, high winds at times, and above average temps.
Flex: The first thing you will notice with this board is that it’s middle of the road flex lends itself to being very playful. There’s an abundance of torsional give which really lets you drive the board under each foot independently. With the shape of the board the nose does have a bigger area and I found that it had a tad bit more play than the tail.
Stability: This board is very lively and as such you will feel the contours in the snow. I noticed when charging around in the trees and through some of the more chundery wide open bowls that the board would get bucked around. I found that this is one of those boards that once you figure out how to ride it and where its flex points are it’s not as loose as some might claim.
Ollies/Pop: This board has some great snap out of the tail. Having C3 really adds to the pop. I was able to load this board up with ease and just snap like there was no tomorrow. Then again it is the Super Progressive Air Machine, so it had better pop. I even took it in the park and hit a few jumps, it boosted!
Butterability: That wide blunted longer nose is a great platform for laying into a big ole pow butter or even one when on a groomer. This board has a decent amount of play in the tip and tail, so get weird.
Carving: Want to rip a deep hard carve? It’s got you. Want to do a tight quick turn or roll back and forth from edge to edge? Do it. This board rips turns with ease. The Magnetraction locks in but isn’t so overwhelming that you’re forced to stay locked into the carve.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle powder hound that wants a playful board that is a quiver of one.
Personal Thoughts: This board is one of the true all mountain freestyle do everything boards. I maybe have spent more time riding it in pow but I did manage to take it into the park. It excelled there. It’s a board you can rip carves, slash pow, and still slide a rail on. If you want something with solid tech, a great flex, and is a fun ride, but this. Seriously, buy it.
Comparable Boards: Dinosaurs Will Die Brewster, K2 Simple Pleasures, Lago Open Road
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