Snowboard Review: 12-13 GNU B-Pro C2 BTX
31 May, 2012
Location: Mission Ridge, WA
Snow Conditions: Softpacked to fresh snow on groomers.
Setup: I rode the GNU B-Pro with Union Trilogy bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: There’s good reason why this is the longest running women’s pro model board but seriously the 2013 graphics are AMAZING.
Flex: The B-Pro is on the higher end of a medium flex for women. It’s definitely built for mountain handling with a stiffer flex and the camber zones but the banana tech between the feet gives it good torsional ease and engagement edge to edge. The B-Pro features C2 BTX technology which is banana rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the contact points. It offers the playfulness of rocker but with the stability of camber.
Turning: Probably one of the best features of the B-Pro is the turning handling. Even if you want to take it easy on this board, you certainly can. It’s easy to engage into turns but without being too aggressive. It’s smooth handling to get each turn and then lets you play with the turn you’d like. You can go higher on edge to engage into short quick radius turns or play it easy with long radius drawn out turns. The magne traction isn’t overly aggressive on it, just the right amount to help grip the snow.
Stable: The combination of camber and banana tech continues to give the board a good range for stability mostly due to the camber placements. It has good edgehold thanks to magne traction, can grip the harder terrain but still handle speed and all mountain riding without being too rigid.
Pop: I just cruised on the B-Pro and didn’t really mess with the pop at all.
Switch: No issues riding this board switch, it was easy to transition around and encountered no differences.
Overall Impression: The B-Pro is the longest women’s pro model in snowboarding and for good reason, it stands the test of time. The B-Pro is built for riding everything, as fast or as slow as you want. Thanks to the C2 BTX, the B-Pro offers the stability of camber with the playfulness of banana tech. It’s very capable of freeriding and handling speed, thanks to a tad wider waist width.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I barely notice snowboard graphics, quite honestly you could ask me what the graphic looked like on a board I just rode during demos and I’d have no idea. I just don’t look down too often or remember them enough. But the B-Pro 2013 graphic are definitely memorable, here’s why. When done right, pink is badass. Unicorns are badass. Put them together and you have a board that is almostly jokingly badass in the sickest ways. Anyway, the graphics for the B-Pro only add to this board, the B-Pro is legendary and always a good board to ride.
Ready to buy? Head over to evo to shop the full line of 2011-12 GNU snowboards until the 2013 snowboards come out.
On Snow Photo
GNU B-Pro Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the WWSRA On-Snow at Mission Ridge, WA.