Snowboard Iskola

Board: Gnu Essential Service

Size: 159

Camber Option: C3. Mervin’s camber 2.0 with a hinge point in the middle and a flat section before the tip kicks.

Bindings: Rome Black Labels

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, cooler temps, zero wind, chunder ice, fresh corduroy, push mounds, and fresh snow on the sides.

Flex: This board seems to be a bit softer than what it was (Old Mullair Model) which gives it a more middle of the road freeride flex with some freestyle aspects. It is a directional flex so you have that going for you which means softer nose stiffening back up to the tail. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex as well.

Stability: This board retains it’s stability and doesn’t feel like it’s going to buck you. You get some micro vibrations and chatter in the nose but they never fully resonate back under foot. In rutted out terrain this board more or less skips over the top of things without being knocked around.

Ollies/Pop: The C3 profile is easy to engage and there’s some solid snap off your tail. It lets you pop off anything in its path and enjoys getting into the air.

Butterability: The nose is obviously the more optimal area to lock in a press and it gets the job done. It never fully fights you but there is some rebound so prepare for little retention and rigidity. The tail is OK for playing around but speed will be your friend.

Carving: This board has a nice smooth consistent feel when getting on edge. It transitions quickly from toe to heel and you have power from behind the front foot through the tail which allows you to aggressively drive it. You can lay it over when you need to and get real low or you can be laid back and mellow. I will say that its real strong suit is mach 10 medium carves that leave a trench but aren’t laid over crazy aggressively.

Rider in Mind: The all mountain freeride guy that will do a high speed pow butter and launch a side hit.

Personal Thoughts: It’s kind of a kick in the dick to Nicholas Muller but this board is actually the best version of what would have been his promodel yet. The fact that they kept it in the line and it’ll probably sell well for them is even more hilarious. Moral of the story kids get your head checked out and never go full insane on social media. The flex, sidecut, and camber profile all work in conjunction to make this board less of a turd like in the past and give it a more lively fun flex that helps with turn initiation.

Comparable Boards: Ride Berzerker, Capita BSOD, Bataleon Omni