Snowboard Iskola

Board: Gnu 4X4

Buy it here:
The House:
Blue Tomato:

Size: 157

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

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: Mid day hot pow, chop, chunder, creamy snow, some blower snow, ice underneath the fresh snow, and a mix of lumpy to perfect groomers depending where you went.

Flex: Overall you get a slightly past middle of the road flex. What that means as it’s so predictably obvious is softer nose progressively stiffening up to a slightly stiffer tail. The torsional flex is there but not overly abundant or underwhelming.

Stability: This boards damp and smooth. That means while you do get some chatter in the nose and that resonates back under foot it does a good job of killing it off. When you’re in rutted out terrain the smoothness you feel is this board letting you know it’s cool to go faster and plow through everything in your path with ease.

Ollies/Pop: The C3 profile has to be loaded up to get it to snap and what you put in is what you’ll get out. So if you’re laid back, you’re getting less snap, but if you’re overly aggressive well then I guess you can launch to the moon if you want to.

Butterability: There’s a killer flex point in the nose that when you land on it and bend the board it just lets this thing flex to the moon. You’ll get a deep hard aggressive nose butter and it still lets you snap out of it. The tail can get sideways if you want to but you’ll be putting more work into it.

Carving: This board has a smooth edge to edge transmission, not a lot of power, just a smoothness. It feels like a deck you’ve ridden forever. You can be aggressive and get more power or be laid back and just ankle steer as needed. When you do drive your knee into the center of the board and hammer the tail for power you get some good spring out of a carve. The Magne-traction is mellow on this board so while it grips it’s not overly grabby on variable terrain, this is also what lends itself to that smoothness. Short quick carves, medium to hard ones, and beyond it has you covered.

Rider in Mind: Someone that needs a jack of all trade do it all deck.

Personal Thoughts: This is a solid offering from Forest Bailey and shows how he’s progressed as a rider. It has power when you want and choose to engage it or you can be laid back and more flowy if need be. In choppy terrain it cuts through the crap and keeps on going. Overall it’s a well balanced all mountain freeride board.

Comparable Boards:
Jones Flagship:
Capita Mercury:
Amplid Singular:

Binding Recommendations:
Bent Metal Transfer:
Rome DOD:
Jones Mercury: