Snowboard Iskola

Board: Gnu Head Space

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Size: 155

Camber Option: C3. A mellower camber through the middle and inserts down into a 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: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, wind gusts at time, slush, chop, chunder, ice, perfect corduroy, and soupy corduroy.

Flex: This has that run of the mill middle of the road damp flex to it that Mervin boards are known for. This means that you get more flex in the tips through the flat section of the camber profile, then a stiffer area where it is camber dominate through the middle. The torsional flex is abundant.

Stability: There’s a level of dampness to a Mervin board where it just absorbs micro vibrations and chatter better due to how it’s built. You can feel that instantly when you set foot on one of their boards. It’s not a bad thing it’s just not as reactive and lively as others. This helps with it pushing through chop and chunder. With the camber profile of this board and flex you do get some chatter in the tips but it is pretty much killed off before it hits the insert packs. In super rutted out terrain this board for the most part pushes through everything.

Ollies: The camber profile is really easy to load up and takes little to no effort. This makes it great for boosting off anything in your path. It has an almost skate-style initiation but with hints of traditional camber. The more you put in the more you get out of it.

Pop On Jumps: This boards fully at home hitting jumps. It snaps off the lip with ease and you can go to the small line or up to the large one if you want. To long didn’t read? Send it and you’re fine.

Butterability: The sweet spots in the tip and tail are a little bigger than other boards due to the C3 camber profile. It has a longer flat section before the tip kicks so you can really push into it and feel it lock in. This lets you just press and play however you want. There is a little fight in it so be aware but it’s not something that’s overly demanding.

Jibbing: I find a little speed goes a long way with this board. Sure it locks in easy enough due to those larger sweet spots, but the speed helps carry it better through the feature. You do get snap out of the end of anything so you don’t have to worry about that. When you go sideways that middle camber section grips around the feature and holds if you’re more towards the front or the back foot as there’s a slight hinge point in the middle of it.

Carving: This board is asymmetrical meaning you have a deeper heelside sidecut than the toeside to accommodate for our bodies natural anatomy. This lets you lay it over on your heel edge a bit easier. The overall power transmission from toe to heel is fluid and consistent. When on edge you can drive this board hard if you want to really lay it over or just throw your weight into the carve and pull it back to get some quick snap turns. When you do lay it over you feel it grip and hold but it doesn’t have that harsher power drive when laying it over. This makes it feel like a deck that will deep carve when you need it to but doesn’t force you to do it all the time.

Rider in Mind: Well rounded park rider that will use it for all mountain use.

Personal Thoughts: I needed to update this review and the conditions were ideal for this board. It gripped well, the park was fun, and it handled what I threw at it. There’s a level of dampness in this ride that provides stability but doesn’t make it feel like a lifeless turd.

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