Snowboard Review: 09-10 GNU BIlly Goat C2 BTX
04 Apr, 2009
This review was done through Board Insiders and will be featured on their site as a review with video of me explaining the board and riding it. I’ll update this link to that when it goes live.
Location: Stevens Pass, Washington
Snow Conditions: Snowing with powder on runs, some groomed areas.
Setup: I rode the GNU Billy Goat C2 BTX with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: Wow, take this board in a chute and you’ll win the banked slalom as well.
Size: 162cm (this is the only size for 09-10).
Weight: heavier than average
Flex: It’s meant for freeriding, being stable and going fast. The flex is stiff longitudinally, stiffer nose and the tail is a little bit softer but by all means it’s a stiff board and it’s the stiffest board in GNU’s line up. I did try to tail press and got it an inch off the ground but it wasn’t easy. The C2 technology gives a more freeride take to the btx, between rocker and camber you have a more stable feeling, less loose feeling and rideable for freeriders.
Turning: The sidecut says a lot about this board, but also it’s quick to maneuver and very quick with short radius turns. The waist width 25.2 is narrow for the size but that helps make it quicker. I found this board the best when going down a chute with banked turns, no surprise there that it would be the best board of the week for that chute. It rallied up each wall, carved on edge quick and held each turn to the next. I was amazed how well it did in the banked turns. Whether I wanted long drawn out turns or quick turns, it was fine handling both.
Stable: This board is the epitome of being stable, hard charging and fast without feeling like the board can’t handle it. The Billy Goat is made for speed and stability. Even though choppy conditions, it cuts through and handles without any doubts.
Pop: Other than a small roller, didn’t try this board in any park/pop conditions.
Switch: It was a transition to switch, had to be careful and noticed the difference when riding…definitely took it slower. It’s not a board meant to handle a lot of switch riding.
Overall Impression: It’s not an easy ride, definitely a aggressive men’s board meant for charging. It made banked walls very easy to ride, quick response edge to edge and it was still a fun fast ride but fun by charging and hauling on it. I can’t imagine riding this board everyday at my resort, no way but if I ever did a Banked contest or boardercross…I’d ride this board. Like most Mervin boards, it handles NW conditions very good, charging through heavy snow with no problems.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This is not a easy board in any way, shape or form. Just look at the main man behind GNU whose board it is: Temple Cummins. Big mountain, banked slalom…this board is created for that shred type, while it does fine on groomers it’s meant for more than just resort groomers.
On a funny note, I went from riding the Signal Park Rocker to the GNU Billy Goat, the two most different boards I have ever reviewed and still was able to take in account each riding style, have fun with them but it was a interesting transition.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.