Board: Gnu Billy Goat
Camber Option: C3. Mervin’s camber 2.0.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, cooler spring temps, 1 to 3 inches of heavy snow had fallen over night, perfect corduroy, and zero wind.
Flex: This board is stiff that’s for sure. It’s an ever so slightly directional flex which basically means it has a little more give in the nose then just gets stiffer from there back to the end of the tail. There is a little torsional flex but not a lot. The overall flex comes in at a stiffer freeride flex.
Stability: This board was smooth and stable. It’s not overly damp but it’s not insanely lively either. It’s that right blend to absorb micro vibrations and not get bucked around in ruts or in chunder.
Ollies/Pop: This board has a little snap to it, but you do have to aggressively load it up. It’s a board that speed and muscling will activate it to rebound and even then it’s not the most snappy snowboard out there.
Butterability: Didn’t even bother trying, could I have? Sure, but why.
Carving: This board locks in on edge and grips so well. It’s a board you can be assertive with how you drive it by pushing into the center of it and loading up the tail to spring you off. It’s very nimble edge to edge and you feel it engage instantly.
Rider in Mind: Hard charging freerider.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been probably a decade plus since the last time I rode the Billy Goat. It still rides like it did back then. This is an aggressive board for someone that wants to charge it. On edge this board was nice with how it drove through the carve. Overall, still definitely not the board for me, but it is the board for someone.
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