GNU Snowboards 2012-2013

05 Mar, 2012


GNU snowboards are handbuilt in the US by snowboarders with jobs and designed for snowboarders who rip pow, parks and pipes. For 2013, GNU continues to offer men’s and women’s snowboards featuring a variety of technology from straight up BTX for park riders to C2 for freeriders and EC2 for those wanting something more.

For 2013, asymmetry is more frequent in the GNU line-up with a couple models getting different heel and toe sidecuts on the boards. Backcountry riders can choose between the men’s Riders Choice splitboard and the women’s B-Pro splitboard.

GNU Impossible

More technology than any board in history! The Impossible perfectly balances nature’s asymmetry allowing complete freestyle freedom. Features twin asym sym sync freestyle shape and geometries, EC2 BTX elliptical banana camber combo, MTX, magnesium fiber, asym columbian gold eco core, bio beans topsheet, glow in the dark sidewalls, sintered base, flex=5.5-7 depending on size.

Sizes: 152, 155, 159

GNU Billy Goat

Four time Mt Baker Banked Slalom Champion and billy goat freeride line master Temple Cummins is a committed snowboarder. You get end-to-end stability and pop of camber at each end with the proven carving performance and soft snow float of BTX between your feet. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo, MTX, directional twin, antivex dampening dampening, mervin BA sustainable core, sintered base, flex=6.5-8.

Sizes: 156, 159, 162, 165

GNU Billy Goat Splitboard

Temple likes pow. He chose Mt Baker as his home mountain for a reason. World record snow fall. He spent years learning lines at Baker and discovering increasingly more challenging Billy Goat lines partly in search of a challenge and partly in search of pow stashes that he could count on being unmolested no matter how long after a storm. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo, MTX, directional twin, antivex dampening dampening, mervin BA sustainable core, sintered base

Sizes: 159, 162

GNU Billy Goat and Billy Goat Splitboard

GNU Eco-Genetics

The worlds smoothest riding, liveliest and most environmentally friendly construction. GNU eco-genetics woods blend the best properties of Bamboo, Aspen and Balsa to provide unbelievable pop and lightweight! Features C2 BTX banana camber combo, MTX, directional twin, eco genetic sustainable wood core, LCP liquid crystal polymer, bio beans topsheet, flex=7.

Sizes: 155, 159, 162

GNU Dirty Pillow

The Dirty Pillow is a strange snowboard in a non-existent category of its own. Progressive park powder freestyle. Designed with new snow resort freestyle riding in mind, this banana rips the hardpack, parkrails, cat tracks, ice, crud and everything that isn’t pow that you will come across on a typical resort “pow” day. Features banana tech BTX, magne traction, floaty width profile and shape, mervin ag1 sustainable woodcore, double sintered base, for fun days only, flex=6-6.5.

Sizes: 156, 159, 162

GNU Eco-Genetics and Dirty Pillow

GNU Danny Kass

Danny Kass is an American hero who’s banana is pretty awesome! He spent years in the pipe refining it to perfection in an environment where carrying a fast line through the flat bottom is the difference between victory and defeat and controlled pop off the lip is the difference between victory and the hospital. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo, MTX, twin geometries, mervin ag2 sustainable core, LCP liquid crystal polymer, quasi glass, sintered base, flex=6-7 depending on size.

Sizes: 153, 155, 158

GNU Riders Choice

Designed by Zach Leach, Nate Ferrel and crew with a focus on park, this all terrain freestyle pickle is well polished and road tested in every condition imaginable all over the mountain. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo, MTX, new twin asym geometries, balance through asymmetry, mervin ag1 sustainable woodcore, quasi glass, sintered base, flex=5-7.

Sizes: 151.5, 154.5, 157.5, 161.5, 158W, 162W, 166W

GNU Forest Bailey’s Strange Trip

Forest’s Strange Trip Pickle. Forest has been on a long strange trip snowboarding and skateboarding things that were designed to be ridden. We build him his own pickled banana to ride through the many kinks along the way. Features twin asym banana, MTX, balance through asymmetry, asym toeside and heelside specific sidecuts, asym mervin ag aspen core, sintered base, flex=5.5-6.5 depending on size.

Sizes:150, 153, 156

GNU Pickle

The Park Pickle takes the next step in snowboard specific geometries. Banana between your feet for easy riding, catch free park freestyle performance and unreal float in powder. Features twin asym banana, MTX, balance through asymmetry, asym toeside and heelside specific sidecuts, asym mervin ag aspen core, sintered base, flex=5.5-6.5 depending on size.

Sizes: 147, 150, 153, 156, 159, 156W, 159W

GNU Riders Choice and GNU Pickle

GNU Metal Guru

Quiver killing all terrain freestyle EC2 banana magne-traction designs, environmentally hand made in the USA at an incredible price. Features EC2 BTX, MTX, triaxial glass, flex=4-5 depending on size, mervin ag sustainable woodcore, twin geometries, handbuilt in the USA.

Sizes: 152, 155, 158, 162
GNU Street Series

Street bananas! Skate focused urban jib banana with magne traction. Mid-wide twin freestyle shapes, banana tech jibs like no other. Higher ollies, deeper presses, in and out of kinky situations. Features bi-axial glass, flex=4-5 depending on size, wides 6-7 depending on size, banana tech BTX, MTX, twin geometries, mervin sustainable woodcore.

Sizes: 149, 152, 154, 157

GNU Metal Guru and Street Series

GNU Carbon Credit Series

All terrain freestyle performance for new traditionalists of all ability levels. A carbon credit is all you need to go from beginner to pro. Features banana tech BTX, MTX, twin geometries, mervin sustainable woodcore, bi-axial glass, flex=4-5 depending on size, wides flex=6-7 depending on size.

Sizes: 147 (purple), 150 (orange), 152 (red), 156 (blue), 159 (green), 162 (red), 153W (blue), 156W (red), 159W (blue), 162W (orange), 165W (green)

GNU Kass Mini

Danny was a grom once, now he is an American hero keeping kids off camber. Kids will learn faster, fall less and have way more fun with bananas. Features banana tech, MTX, twin geometries, mervin a.5 sustainable core, flex=3-4.5 depending on size.

Sizes: 105, 115, 125, 135, 145

GNU Limited Edition B-Pro/Pendleton Collab

B-Pro technology and geometries are lent to this limited edition collection. Each package includes a 149 or 152 B-Pro board with a Day of the Dead graphic inspired by Pendleton’s Day of the Dead 64×80 blanket. Cozy and warm, it’s napped, felt-bound, 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Both are proudly made in the USA, in the Northwest, near Canada. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo with MTX, twin geometries, LCP fiber, beans bio polymer topsheet, sintered base, mervin ag2 sustainable woodcore, flex 4.5-6.

Sizes: 149, 152

GNU B-Pro

This is the board that keeps setting the standard for women’s boards. Don’t put this board in a box, it’s good for everything and our team proves it on big mountains, parks, pipes and everywhere else they take it. Barrett proceeds a portion of her royalties to Boarding for Breast Cancer. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo with MTX, LCP fiber, twin geometries, beans bio polymer topsheet, sintered base, mervin ag2 sustainable woodcore, flex 4.5-6.

Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155

GNU B-Pro Splitboard

Girls love pow. Girls have been asking for splitboards in their sizes for years and GNU is proud to present the B-Pro splits for 12/13. Features C2 BTX banana camber combo with MTX, LCP fiber, twin geometries, beans bio polymer topsheet, sintered base, mervin ag2 sustainable woodcore, flex 4.5-6.

Sizes: 152, 155

GNU B-Pro and B-Pro Splitboard

GNU Ladies Choice

The Ladies Choice combines the best of all techs to make a board that’s truly ready for anything. Tested and proven by Jamie Anderson throughout the 10/11/12 seasons, it will handle the most aggressive park and freeriders will taking it easy on the rest of us. Features balanace through asymmetry, C2 banana tech BTX with MTX, twin asym geometries, bi-axial glass, sintered base, mervin a.5 sustainable woodcore, flex4-5.5.

Sizes: 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5

GNU Ladies Pickle

The pickle has been collecting awards this season, and it was by far the most demoed girls board at HCSC in 2011. GNU Pickles with a deeper heel side sidecut and unique asym core, are designed around progressive riding and modern freestyle duck stances in all terrain. Features balance through asymmetry, duck stance supremacy, banana tech BTX with MTX, asym toeside and heelside specific sidecuts, asym mervin ag/aspen core, sintered base, flex=4-6 depending on sizes.

Sizes: 140, 144, 148, 152

GNU Velvet Guru

Velvet Guru is the quiver killer. As our first EC2 board of the women’s line, it’s going to have a killer breakout season. Of course it’s smooth and stylish like all things velvet.  Features C2 banana technology BTX with magne traction, twin asym geometries, bi-axial glass, sintered base, mervin a.5 sustainable woodcore, flex=4-5.5.

Sizes: 143, 147, 150, 153

GNU B-Street

The B-Street is finally getting the attention it deserves. This board was tested by guys and girls for Snowboarder Magazine’s 2012 board tests and not only came out on top for the women but placed in the top three for men as well. Features banana tech BTX with MTX, twin geometries, bi-axial glass, sintered base, mervin a.5 sustainable woodcore, flex=4-5.5.

Sizes: 141, 145, 149, 153

GNU B-Nice

The B-nice simply makes riding easier. It’s banana at its best for entry level or rippers. Fun, flowing, effortless and explosive! Features 2 graphic options (Yago, MWJ), banana tech BTX with MTX, twin geometries, bi-axial glass, mervin a.5 sustainable woodcore, flex=4-5.

Sizes: 145, 148, 151, 154

GNU Velvet Guru, B-Street and B-Nice

GNU B-Mini

Bananas are the perfect board for kids. They will learn faster, fall less and have way more fun. Features banana tech BTX with MTX, twin geometries, mervin a.5 woodcore, bi axial glass, flex=3-4.

Sizes: 115, 125, 135

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Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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3 Comments

  1. Dave
    March 06, 2012

    Interesting to see that the GNU Metal Guru is actually a tad softer than the Riders Choice. Have you had a chance to ride the two and compare them Shay? Pros vs. Cons & preferences?

  2. Angela M
    June 06, 2012

    Hey Shay 🙂 Have you demo’d these boards? Im just wondering if there is any difference in performance between the Gnu b pro and the Gnu b pro splitboard? Have never ridden a splitboard, and wondering if these two would perform much differently on the groomers or in the park. Obviously the splitboard is superior in the back country, but would these two boards perform the same in all other areas of the mountain is what I am trying to ask. Cheers

  3. July 07, 2012

    Dave, I have not had a chance to ride the Metal Guru to compare against the Riders Choice. I’ll definitely try to get on it next year for you.

    Angela, I have reviewed the GNU B-Pro
    http://www.shayboarder.com/2012/05/snowboard-review-12-13-gnu-b-pro-c2-btx.html

    I have ridden a splitboard, they are meant to get you up the slopes and down them without lift access. If you aren’t planning on splitboarding, then get the regular snowboard. Technically they are supposed to perform the same on the other parts of the mountain but a splitboard still rides different than a normal snowboard because it’s cut in half when you ride it…so even though it’s connected, there’s a lot more movements/give than you would have with a normal snowboard.