Board: Gnu Gnuru
Camber Option: C2. Rocker between the feet and elliptical camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, mild wind, and snow that was firm, chunder, slushy, and frozen depending on which run you were on.
Flex: STIFF!!! OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way lets break it down. There’s a flex point in the tip and tail that is softer it’s right outside the C2 zone, then it just stiffens up aggressively under foot and through the middle. There is next to no torsional give in this thing. I mean none.
Stability: While some boards might suck up a transition I found that this board just runs right over it. It doesn’t flex, which can cause you to get bucked. But if you’re charging a groomer you possibly would never want to look at another board. It absorbed the vibration and chatter with ease and plowed through any lump that got in my way.
Ollies: You have to load up the camber zone, but when you do, be prepared. I mean be really prepared. This deck is aggressively snappy.
Pop On Jumps: Don’t worry about the size of the feature, just worry about if you’re going to need a little forgiveness when you land, because this board doesn’t have it. It snaps with the force of Thor slamming down his hammer and pops like a Rice Krispy treat.
Butterability: Do Not Skip Leg Day. You will be putting all your weight into this board. I mean all of it. Even then you’re not going to get a great press on the snow, it just doesn’t happen. Speed is definitely your friend.
Jibbing: So as mentioned there are two sweet spots in the tips, one in the nose, and the other in the tail. It’s here that you want to lock in a press because if you don’t, you will get bucked. Going sideways there’s no flex in this board it’s just resting across the feature. As like buttering, speed is the key here.
Carving: OK now here’s where this board is fucking absolutely phenomenonal. In all my years riding I have never performed a full circle carve on a heel edge; until I rode this thing. It engages with ease and drives through a carve with aggressive force. It will push you to drive the board harder and harder as you get lower and lower. It rips turns for no other reason than to let people know that you can.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a stiff aggressive all mountain board that can rip a turn like no other.
Personal Thoughts: I still have no idea why they claim this has a middle of the road flex, it doesn’t. This is one of the stiffest boards I’ve ridden in recent memory. It is aggressive, it demands you give it performance, and it will make you feel like a golden god when you ride it this way. Did I hate this board? NO, I hated the fact I had to charge with it that aggressively and force myself to ride that hard. It worked me, it worked me hard. While not the board for me I can safely say, “Hot Damn!” that was the best carving all mountain freestyle board I have ever been on!
Comparable Boards: DC Media Blitz, L2R Herman Neal Pro, Rossignol Jibsaw HD
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