- Price: £350
- Sizes: 150, 153, 156, 159, 156W, 159W, 162W, 165W
- Width: Normal, Wide
- Flex: 6
They say: All-terrain freestyle fun banana!
We say: A Mervin board for intermediates. This isn’t the most flexible of progressive boards, but if you’ve already ridden a bit and like charging, this would suit you nicely.
Tester says: Good cheap banana. A little less dynamic than the Skate Banana, but easy-going.
Buy It Here:
- Building boards since: 1977
- HQ: Sequim, WA, USA
- History lesson: This brand can genuinely lay claim to having played a significant role in the history of snowboard development, and continuing to do so to this day. Its founder Mike Olson built his first board in high school in 1977 and soon set up Mervin Manufacturing with his surfing buddy Pete Saari. Shortly afterwards, Olson and Saari began writing the name Gnu on their creations, because, as Olson explained, it was short, punchy, and “I really liked wildebeest".
- Ridden by: Shred-heads who like their boards to be built by shred-heads, and their brands to be as organic as a bunch of hippies crapping in a field.