Snowboard Review: 09-10 GNU Danny Kass C2 BTX
04 Dec, 2009
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the GNU Danny Kass C2 with my Force SL bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: I’m a bit bummed there’s no halfpipe around to ride but looks like I don’t need just a halfpipe for this board.
Flex: Despite the Danny Kass C2 being on the stiffer end, it’s stiffer longitudinally but with a good even amount of torsional flex that allows it to handle sharp turns but without losing stability. For the runs that I played with it, it was great on freeriding groomers but also fun to take into the park and still have some playful factor when it came to boxes. The C2 technology with rocker and camber gives it a more stable feeling, grounded and not the loose feeling I had with BTX boards.
Turning: The sidecut reminded me of the Billy Goat and how quickly you can get on edge with this board, the torsional flex and sidecut mix really allowed for you to lay over the board into carves and hold it the entire carve. It felt good on short radius and long radius turns, neither one was more ideal on this board…it could handle all the riding.
Stable: Stable is definitely what this board had no problems with, it charged the mountain and never felt like it couldn’t handle anything. It had no problem with speed, bumps, cruddy spots or ice. The magnetraction never felt too grippy on the icy spots and it never forced me into a turn or being on edge too much.
Pop: The camber at the tip and tail made it a really easy board for pop and landing on it never felt off. I just played with it on the sides of the run and a little bit in the park, overall I was happy with the amount of pop. I’d definitely like to take it in the halfpipe for a day and play even more with the pop.
Switch: Rides like a true twin and I didn’t encounter any problems with how it handled switch riding.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the Danny Kass C2 a lot, probably the most ideal board for my riding style during the winter. It’s ability to handle the mountain with a tad stiffer feel gives it more stability than your average park board and for the pipe junkie like me, it can handle pipe riding. On the icy spots, it held an edge no problem with magnetraction but never felt like I was forced into edge hold like I’ve had with some of the magnetraction boards. The C2 technology I definitely prefer when it comes to freeriding boards.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I didn’t have a chance to ride the Danny Kass when it was BTX but from my own personal experiences I prefer C2 over BTX when it comes to stability and freeriding. When it comes to playfulness in the park, BTX still has a purpose but definitely riding Danny Kass’s board it was fun having the C2 and I’d love to take it into the halfpipe to get a better feel for it (although I highly doubt it’ll not perform there). Ultimately the board made me comfortable when snowboarding and I enjoyed riding it because of that.
On Snow Photo
GNU Danny Kass C2 description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.