Snowboard Review: 12-13 GNU Ladies Choice C2 BTX
25 Feb, 2012
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the GNU Ladies Choice with GNU B-Free bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Offering up the whole mountain on a platter and giving you a deck that can handle whatever you give it.
Flex: The Ladies Choice is a good medium flex range snowboard for women. It’s a stiffer flex underfoot to help with stability on landings with a softer torsional flex between the bindings. Overall it’s a mid range for flex, it’s not a soft board by any means and it’s not a stiff board. It’s right in the middle which is perfect for handling everything from park to mountain freeriding. The Ladies Choice features a C2 BTX technology which is banana rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the contact points.
Turning: Easy to initiate into turns, making it a bit more forgiving of a ride than I expected. But once into turns, you had total control of the aggressiveness of the handling into each turn. The board was quick and responsive for shorter quicker turns and could still ride out the longer radius turns. The MTX helped gripped the snow so I didn’t feel the slip out on icy spots. The best part was feeling the asymmetrical heel sidecut and knowing my heelside turns were better than usual because of it. It’s good to really dig in that heel edge without cranking down my forward lean to get it.
Stable: The conditions at Winter Park were definitely hardpacked in spots and by the end of the day a bit more chopped up on the runs. The Ladies Choice did really good on absorbing the rougher terrain and still handled for stability with speed. I was bummed I waited till the end of the day to take it out instead of riding it a whole lot longer.
Pop: I played around with it a little bit on the rollers and it was lively but didn’t take it into park off any jumps to get a really good idea.
Switch: The Ladies Choice is a twin asymmetrical snowboard, the heelside of the board has a tighter sidecut radius so it’s easier to turn. Of course that doesn’t change whether you ride it regular or switch. The board rode the same either direction.
Overall Impression: The Ladies Choice is an all mountain destroyer, it’s Jamie Anderson’s pro model and totally capable of whatever you throw its way. It’s a good all around medium flex, totally capable of riding the park with playfulness or handling any cruising. I liked that at the end of the day, the MTX gripped the snow and the asymmetrical was awesome for heelside turns.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This was one of the highly anticipated women’s boards I wanted to try. Mostly because Jamie Anderson rips and because any board underneath her better be as playful and as charging as she rides. It’s the best of both worlds and a great choice for GNU women to have a board that is meant for the entire mountain.
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On Snow Photo
GNU Ladies Choice Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.