Board: Gnu T2B
Camber Option: C2e. Elliptical camber under foot that is more flattened out and a 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: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny skies, warmer temps, zero wind, moving into cloudy grey skies, temperatures dropping, grapple snow falling, and high winds.
Flex: This board is soft through and through. You have a lot of play in the tips, a mildly stiffer zone right at each insert pack, and then a softer middle section that matches up to the flex in the tips. There’s a lot of torsional flex. Overall the best way to state it is a flex somewhere between jib noodle and middle of the road.
Stability: You feel everything in this board. It’s super lively. It’s a board that has chatter at slow or high speeds in the tips. In rutted out terrain you feel every contour and bend in the snow. Keep those knees bent.
Ollies: There is snap in this board and it’s easy to initiate. That C2e profile doesn’t take any effort to load up and the rebound is there. As it is a softer board you can over flex it when you do load it up which will cause it to be a bit soggy and not give optimal snap.
Pop On Jumps: I hit some small jumps and it got the job done. It’s not anything to write home about but it does what it needs to do. I’d say this board is more suited for small to medium sized jumps probably nothing over 25 feet.
Butterability: Those tips have a HUGE sweet spot. You want to press into it? Go for it. This board is easy to engage and will have you touting that you’re a butter master with little effort, when in truth it’s a combination of the camber profile and the flex pattern.
Jibbing: Can you overflex the board on a rail? Yes. There’s a sweet spot that requires the right amount of finesse and power otherwise you’re just going to fold the board and wash out. If you’re progressing at jibbing this board will be fine, if you’re aggressive. Well you might want to tone it down. That smaller reverse camber zone between the feet does make it easier to get it to hug a rail, but I still think that this type of camber profile does better locking in under foot.
Carving: You want to tone it down a bit when you’re carving. If you’re aggressive and trying to load the board up from the center to get it to snap out of a carve it tends to wash out. I noticed this exiting carves. Consistently it would skid out on me if I was really pushing into it. I will say that on more mellow carves and set up turns you do feel it initiate easier. It’s a board for someone that wants something more forgiving.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s progressing into a solid intermediate rider that wants one board.
Personal Thoughts: This board just felt loose to me. Almost like I was losing contact when exiting turns or initiating pop. If anything I think this board is more of an asymmetrical begintermediate board. It’s designed for someone that isn’t going to constantly over power it which I think was my problem. I was just demanding too much of it.
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