Snowboard Review: 08-09 GNU B-Pro BTX
06 Nov, 2008
2008-2009 GNU B-Pro BTX
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: A mixture of groomers and hard packed popcorn, choppy terrain.
Setup: I rode the GNU B-pro with my Raiden Tigre bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
First Impression: I wish I was riding the 155. What size feet does Barrett Christy have? Cause damn this is wider than my 156 Infinity.
Weight: lighter than average
Flex: I was expecting a stiff flex because Barrett Christy doesn’t mess around…and maybe the older versions without btx are stiffer, but with the mixture of btx to the board…it was fun and playful while still being able to hold an edge and freeride with. The wider waist width definitely had that effect to stabilize the board. It was a good mix of medium flex for a all mountain do everything board. I wish I had powder to see how the btx rode since I just free rode with it this time.
Turning: I was expecting a more aggressive board and in size it was easy to initiate and follow through each turn. Quick short turns were more fun and I could take it into longer carves when I wanted to, but with those I wished I had the longer length board to really get into it with. The smaller size was easy to maneuver around I just preferred more length underneath me.
Stable: I take into account the stable feeling was the wider waist width. When I took it out the second day and wanted to go fast with it, was riding on some popcorn runs and didn’t feel any vibrations when I should have. Just from the size did get bucked around a little when hitting bumps, not the best absorption and that is an effect from the size and my weight.
Switch: The B-pro is a directional twin and I had a centered stance on it. When I rode switch it was on really flat groomers and easy to switch around, btx makes it hard to catch an edge. A little adjustment to riding switch on it.
Powder: I wish I had powder to try the BTX in.
MagneTraction (MTX): For the most part it was a gradual, not very aggressive mtx. On the icy terrain it held an edge and gripped the snow. There were a couple moments where it would surprise me and pull me into a turn when I wasn’t expecting it. But that was pretty rare and I partially blame the fact that I was riding with warped goggles for a couple runs.
Overall Impression: I took this board through some choppy crap in the morning and it held up, I took it slower cause of the size but it still held up through some not fun snow. I was surprised by the ww on the board, definitely suited for women riders that want more all mountain freestyle and have bigger feet. Even in the picture you can see my size 8’s on the board have room. The board is cute, but it doesn’t settle for cute (aka i’m in the lodge) riding…it is a board meant to handle what you give it…whether it’s a more advanced rider or someone still progressing.
Profits from this board go to Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The size wasn’t for me, riding a 152 with me and how this board rode I definitely would have wanted a 155 to ride. I hate the cuteness factor but that’s just me.
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