Snowboard Review: 10-11 GNU Riders Choice C2BTX
16 Dec, 2010
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Mixture of soft packed groomers to choppy powder to deeper powder.
Setup: I rode the GNU Riders Choice with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: C2BTX does the Riders Choice good.
Weight: tad heavier than average.
Flex: The Riders Choice is meant to be a stiffer board that handles aggressive freestyle lines and landings. It’s stiffer both torsionally and longidinally but with a good amount of pop. Despite the torsional stiffness it wasn’t hard to get quick response from edge to edge and the overall stiffness made it perfect in the powder. It felt comfortable from the beginning. The Riders Choice features C2BTX which is banana rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the contact points.
Turning: The last time I rode the Riders Choice in 08-09 the mtx was too grippy but that wasn’t the case with this board, it turned on a dime easily and held an edge without being too aggressive into the carve. On the hardpacked spots, it was natural just to ride without thinking about it, no catching and no overally grippy feeling. Shorter turns were easy to get on edge with and longer drawn out turns felt solid.
Stable: Normally I wouldn’t ride a 154cm in powder at all and it was a good test of the “ride 3cm less than you normally would” because it did hold up in the powder very good at the size I was riding. It floated, it carved and it was a fun board to make powder slashes with. The only time I had an issue with stability was the really choppy bumpy spots where I felt bounced around on it and it didn’t absorb them as much. But on the groomers and in the powder, felt stable charging and a comfortable ride the majority of the time.
Pop: When I rode the BTX version the pop was good and with C2 it’s definitely good. I really liked how poppy the board was and you just wanted to jump on it knowing it could handle the landing. I didn’t take it into the park since it was a pow day but in the pow and fun tiny drops, it was fun. I did try a couple butters, possible but definitely butters better in powder.
Switch: It’s a true twin and rides like a true twin when switch. It didn’t feel different when riding switch on the mountain.
Overall Impression: The Riders Choice is that stiffer freestyle deck that can handle a pow day or a park day. I rode the 3cm shorter than I normally would and it actually was legit in the powder. I floated, slashed and had a blast today on the board. It’s still a more aggressive board in terms of the flex but it’s also quite poppy and the C2BTX is the perfect compliment to this board.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The last time I rode the Riders Choice it was 08-09 and there was some mixed feelings about it even though I loved it. Now with C2BTX it was love without the mixed feelings. I didn’t encounter the MTX being too much for me and the 154cm handled the powder that I thought it wouldn’t.
On Snow Photo
GNU Riders Choice description (click on it to pull it up)
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board from P3 Snowboard Shop in Mammoth Lakes, CA.