Board: Gnu Finest
Camber Option: C2X. Camber under foot that’s a bit more pronounced with reverse camber between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, no wind, firm fresh corduroy to slushy corduroy and everything in between.
Flex: Here’s the thing about this board it feels like it’s middle of the road when you’re charging, but then you get into the park or you start buttering and it feels so much softer. Yes there is an immense sweet spot in the tips that is super playful, then stiffer under foot and through the middle, and finally you have a fair amount of torsional flex to it.
Stability: This board is damp yet lively which makes you believe it’s more stable than it is. You can charge with it when you have to and not worry about washing out, but at the same time you might feel some chatter under foot. The tips drastically flap at high speeds but that can be a result of the C2X profile.
Ollies: DEAR GOD THIS BOARD SNAPS! I can’t stress that enough. The first ollie I did off a cat track on this is one I do every day on every board I ride at Copper. It’s just one of those things that is the norm in testing, this board snapped off that cat track so quickly and with minimal effort. The load on this board takes nothing, but the rebound is immense. Be prepared to ollie off anything and everything in your path.
Pop On Jumps: There’s so much snap out of this board it just makes the lip of the jump that much more poppy. You want to send it? Go for it! Small to medium jumps are where this board is going to excel.
Butterability: That sweet spot way out in the tips at the end of the C2X is impressive. It locks in and holds with little effort. The board never tries to fight you, it never buckles, it just locks in and stays locked in. So go spread some buttery goodness all over the slopes.
Jibbing: This board is at home on rails. It just wants to press and slide with the best of them. It’s easy to engage, it pops out of any press, and it still slides sideways. Yes I will say that sliding sideways through the center of the board is a little less than ideal due to the reverse camber, but under foot you can feel it lock in.
Carving: Don’t hesitate to rail a hard carve with this board. You can get deep and low with little to no effort. That asymmetrical sidecut graciously helps compensate for our bodies natural mechanics when you’re on your heel edge. Short tight quick carves or long drawn out ones, this board does them all with ease.
Rider in Mind: Butter expert that likes to get weird with their carves.
Personal Thoughts: First the pop of this board blew me away, I wasn’t expect that much snap from something this soft. Second the flex pattern is so unique the tips are so playful yet you have stability and drive under foot. Third the sidecut is so dialed on this board it just lays trenches. Overall this board really stoked me out for what it was and I’d highly recommend it.
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