After being highly disappointed by the Lando and Mervin again. I ventured back in to snag something softer and more forgiving. Evidently that means the Rider Choice to the girls working the booth. Lucky for me it was brand new in the wrapper, or so I thought…
Board: Gnu Riders Choice BTX
Bindings: K2 Formula Sweaters size Large
Angles:18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sun had just gone behind the clouds, wind was picking back up, and light flurries
Mindset: Dear god why can’t I say no to a woman working a demo tent
Tunes: Britney Fox
Preconceived Notions: God the one Gnu board I absolutely hate and thats what they offer me. Well lets see how this is going to end up.
Flex: Softer than the Lando thank god and more in tune with the jibsticks I’ve been riding. The tip and tail just felt so dead on it, almost as if someone had sucked all the life out of them. It actually had torsional give which is what I liked.
Stability: Very stable under foot which was nice for charging. The tip and tail though had the death flutter and I couldn’t believe how much it had. When I last rode the RC it was just stiff.
Ollies/Pop: The tail had dead flex to it almost like it just didn’t want to let me actuate the ollie. Even throwing 180’s off my toes was a chore it was just not that fun. Maybe in a BC setting it would excell a bit more?
Butterability: I could do all variations of butters I normally do and that was cool. But it just felt like I had to work it more than I should.
Cruising: As mentioned it was stable at speeds underfoot and the MTX did its job. I could Euro carve this thing but the nose and tail would fold a lot. Especially if I kicked my back knee inward.
Jibbing: Was not that fun jibbing. It didn’t lock on the way I figured it would have for pressing.
Rider in Mind: Typical Mervin drone that buys the hype.
Personal Thoughts: Piece of shit. Next time I’ll stick with the Dark series or TRS at least those are fun.
Binding Compatibility: Its a K2 I know it inside and out.
Binding Adjustability: On the fly its always good. But I had this adjusted from the Lando so it was no big deal for me at all.
Straps: Save the money get the regular Formulas the caddy strap on the sweaters I just didn’t notice.
Highbacks: These are so conduscive to all mountain freestyle riding.
Binding Flex: Perfect for me that happy mix that allows you to charge but still butter.
Ratchets: One finger quick release and holds me down.
Rider in Mind: Anyone that wants a fun all mountain binding.
Personal Thoughts: Like I’ve said before save the 40 bucks and just get the regular Formulas.