GNU Swallow Tail Carver

GNU Swallow Tail Carver 2016

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The GNU Swallow Tail Carver is a freeride snowboard built for experienced riders who want a very versatile and fun board. Back in the old days when snowboarding was forbidden on most ski resorts, the main design influence came from surfing. This board first appeared in 1983 and has been given a modern makeover by GNU for the 2015/16 season. Immediately noticeable are its deep sidecuts, swallow tail and the board’s pointy nose. It also has camber under foot and a rocker section at the waist. This allows the board to dig into carves and keeps the nose up in powder. It can also handle groomers really well. It rides stable, it’s quick from edge to edge and offers some good mountain speed. The Gnu Swallow Tail Carver is a good choice for those who are looking for a snowboard with a forgiving freeride feel.

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Summary

Pros
  • Nice retro graphic completes the look.
  • Offers an effortless ride on deep snow.
  • Built for both groomers & backcountry.
  • Feel stable, snappy yet very forgiving.
Cons
  • Not the fastest board on the market.
  • Some trouble with hard uneven snow.

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Specifications

Board weightNormal
Riding styleFreeride
Ability levelIntermediate – Expert
Available sizes157
Board widthRegular, Mid-Wide
Board shapeTapered Directional
Camber profileHybrid Rocker
Board stanceSetback over 20mm
ManufacturerGNU Snowboards by Mervin Manufacturing