Board: Gnu Zoid Goofy
Camber Option: C2. Rocker between the feet with camber that goes out from under 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: Bluebird skies, brisk temps, snow that was well groomed and mildly frozen.
Flex: This is that middle of the road freeride flex you want. It’s got just enough play in the tips and underfoot to let you toss the board around, but it’s not so stiff or soft that you’re over or underpowering it. The torsional flex was just right for driving the board.
Stability: It’s damp to a point meaning that you can tell it’s absorbing the chatter on firm uneven terrain that would fatigue you but it’s not so damp that it’s dead. This makes for a lively yet stable ride that you can charge with through varying terrain and not have to worry that this board is going to get bucked around.
Ollies/Pop: With having two camber zones under each foot you have an area that you can independently load up. While it’s not the snappiest deck of this caliber on the market there’s enough to make launching rollers and sidehits fun.
Short Turns: Tight technical turns this board isn’t the best at. It locks in but to effectively drive it deep and hard you have to push your weight into the board and even then it is limited due to the sidecut radius.
Long Turns: Here’s where this board shone, it locks in well with the Magnetraction, but doesn’t stay locked in as it’s very mellow. This in turn helps guide the board through a long drawn out carve that leaves a nice arc across the fall line.
Quick Carves: The edge to edge transmission is snappy and responsive. You can roll from heel to toe with ease and never have to wonder if it will hang up or disengage. It’s a marvel at how well this board transitions.
Hard Carves: If you’re looking to really slingshot the board you can drive the back camber zone into the ground flexing the middle which will push the board aggressively through a turn. I did notice that you do hit a point when pushing this board through a turn that it won’t engage any further, is that a bad thing? No, it just means there are limitations for when you want to get your Euro-carve on.
Switch Carves: This was not fun, then again why would you switch carve on a board that’s a directional asymmetrical carving board? I’m going to leave it at that, rider beware.
Rider in Mind: The guy that likes a hybrid camber profile and likes to really push into their board.
Personal Thoughts: So the ability to load up the camber zones independently really stuck out to me as being beneficial for this board. It lets you be lazy or aggressive with minimal effort and push this board into and out of carves or turns. There’s an ample amount of snap in this board to get you in the air but it’s not aggressive to initiate. Overall if you’re looking for a unique ride, this should be on the list.
Comparable Boards: Salomon Ultimate Ride, Moss Performance Quad, Bataleon Carver
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