Snowboard legend and “progressive billy goat” Temple Cummins – known to most as a multiple Baker Banked Slalom winner and train-jumper – has designed this split variant of his own Beast snowboard.
It employs a directional version of Mervin’s CTX profle; the mild rocker between the feet keeps it fun, but the camber sections towards either end are quite aggressive and so will suit those who like a charge. The nose is longer so floating in pow is easy, but there’s still plenty of tail should you want to switch it up. The Gnu guys put a great deal of thought into the core materials they use for each board, and have opted for straight-up Great Lakes Aspen in the Gnu Beast Split. This is a high-density wood that feels solid without being too weighty; and of course, being made by Mervin, it’s from a sustainable source. The splitboard clips come courtesty of Mervin’s fellow Washington State dwellers Karakoram, which has its own long history of making top gear for the backcountry. If you’re keen to see the whole package in action then look out for Temple’s web series ‘The Beast From The Darkside of Mt. Weird’.
“Given the name, I thought this was going to beast me, but it was very easy to throw around. At the same time it’s brilliant at high speed – a proper charger. I thought that you would have to be a big dude with a lot of strength to get the most out of this board, but it’s just not the case. Gnu’s profile technology has been around for a long time now and this board shows that they really know what they’re doing. They have also started to lose the heavy feel that I used to associate with their boards in years gone by.” – Neil McNair