- Price: £410
- Sizes: 149, 152, 154, 157
- Width: Normal
- Flex: 5
They say: Skate-focussed urban jib banana.
We say: Gnu have taken Mervin’s banana tech and made it into one of the sickest jib sticks around here. Like most jib boards it’s got a softish flex and a twin shape – unlike most it’s got a sintered base, making it more expensive, but better at speeds.
Tester says: A sick stick for jibbing, but handled well on piste too.
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.