GNU Metal Guru 2017 Award

GNU Metal Gnuru 2017

“A freestyler that doesn’t shy away from groomers and powder!”

74 $459.95
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Review

Why limit yourself to one particular riding style? With the 2017 GNU Metal Gnuru snowboard you will never have to restrain your terrain choice ever again. As a true quiver killer this fun-focussed freestyle board can be taken anywhere on the mountain. It offers all the cool tech you would expect from the board wizards at GNU. Fitted in an accessible package for snowboarders of all ability levels.

This board fits in the middle between the loose and playful boards and the powerful board GNU builds. Its asymmetrical twin shape features rocker between the feet with an elliptical camber that extends from the inserts out to the board’s contact points. The rocker will provide good float on powder, easy turn initiation as well as catch-free jibbing. Meanwhile the camber gives enhanced pop, more power and better response.

On snow, this board really surprised us. It rides nice and stable in good conditions with a real playful character. However on more harder icy surfaces it does tend to slide a bit underfoot. Overall the edge hold and grip is pretty good but for those who like to ride on ice this is not the one. Turning is easy and this board has no problem with laying down some wider carves. Although it doesn’t have the fastest base it holds well and picks up speed nicely. On uneven terrain this board is able to handle most conditions. Do get bindings with extra shock absorption. It will make the ride more comfortable.

Overall, the 2017 GNU Metal Gnuru snowboard offers a crisp and lively ride. This board is a good choice for those who want a snowboard that’s equally suited for both park laps and all-mountain freestyle riding.

Ratings

Summary

Pros
  • It’s a fun-focussed freestyle board.
  • Cool tech for an accessible price.
  • Stable and playful on good snow.
  • Suited for park and all-mountain.
Cons
  • Tends to slide underfoot on ice.
  • Extra shock absorption needed.

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Specifications

ManufacturerGNU Snowboards
Available sizes152 | 155 | 158 | 162 | 155MW | 158MW
Riding styleAll-Mountain, Freestyle
Ability levelIntermediate – Advanced
Board shapeAsymmetrical Twin
Board camberHybrid Rocker
Board widthRegular, Mid-Wide
Board stanceCentered
Board flexMedium
Board weightHeavy
Mounting system2 x 4 Insert Pattern
Warranty1 year