Snowboard Review: 08-09 GNU Riders Choice BTX
07 May, 2008
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: A mixture of powder runs, groomers, some spring conditions of bumps and crust.
Setup: I rode the GNU Riders Choice with my Rome Madison bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: Damn…this is the mtx that I can feel it.
Weight: Tad heavier than average
Flex: The Riders Choice is definitely a stiffer board, both longitudinally and torsionally. The BTX mades it easier to play with than the past Riders Choices I’ve rode and the MTX makes it more aggressive in turning. The flex of the board is still a bomber aggressive stiffer freestyle board. In some conditions, I love that board for bombing with and freeriding but in really choppy terrain, I want a board with more give that absorbs it up.
Turning: Personally I like turning on boards without magne traction. The riders choice mtx was a bit too aggressive without letting me as a rider really use the sidecut as I see fit. I can see how some people like the grippy, connected feeling of mtx but for me…I like having some extra slack when I’m riding. The mtx was really solid on short quick turns, but when I started to do longer spread out turns I felt I was fighting a battle against the mtx contact points.
Stable: On the hard packed groomers, had some fun just hauling with it, didn’t feel any vibrations coming from the board. Not as stable when riding through some really choppy crud packed powder, definitely didn’t absorb the varying snow conditions that well.
Pop: Good pop on this board, easy to get air off little side kickers and rollers. I didn’t ride jumps with the riders choice but I can see how people choose this board for their stiffer freestyle board.
Switch: I didn’t really take the board out riding switch, just a couple small 180’s but nothing to really test the switch riding with it.
Powder: Having the banana tech in powder always helps, it makes it so easy to float with and you don’t feel like your having to work your back leg. I took the Riders Choice through some smaller stashes of powder at Loveland in the trees, it held up fine with the BTX. Cuts through the powder very easily.
MagneTraction (MTX): I prefer a MTX that’s more mellow, gradual letting the rider do the work…not the board do the work for you. I told Jay that the mtx I prefer is the one I don’t notice, that I don’t feel like i’m riding an mtx board. The riders choice you feel the mtx as soon as your on edge. It’s very aggressive, super grippy and connects like a pro ho to a pro snowboarder…it doesn’t wanna let go or give you any slack. That’s just my personal preference with mtx, I enjoy the edge hold but I don’t want to feel it.
Overall Impression: I love the board but I don’t love the magne traction on it. It’s definitely a more aggressive freestyle board, especially now with the banana tech and magne traction you can pretty much do all with this board. It’s rideable in powder by the banana tech, stiffer flex overall unless you break it in so holds up for freeriding and jumps. Then the mtx is super grippy, holds an edge so if you ride icy conditions a lot or can’t hold an edge on your own…this will do it for you. For me, it comes down to it…I’d like the board without the magne traction.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Take off the mtx and I’d ride it…I used to love the old Riders Choice before btx and mtx…such a shame.