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Gnu 4 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 156, 159, 159W, 162
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £535/€600
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  • The Gnu 4 is Forest Bailey’s new offering for 2020, and just like Forest himself it looks cool as shit and can dominate the whole mountain with ease. 

    It utilises Gnu’s C3 profile, which is their most aggressive and the most similar to a traditional camber. Super mellow rocker between the feet, with aggressive camber out towards the nose and tail leaves you with a board that has the best of both worlds.

    “Super mellow rocker between the feet, with aggressive camber out towards the nose and tail leaves you with a board that has the best of both worlds”

    Combining the profiles in this way keeps you feeling surfy when you’re cruising in the chowder, and leaves you rock solid and stable when you’re ripping shit up on the groomers. The tail is rounded off, reducing the surface area and forcing it to sink more when you’re getting steep and deep, with a slightly larger nose to keep its head above water easier.

    As with all Gnu offerings the 4 has magnetraction running down the sidecut, giving you that helping hand when the going gets tough. The serrations cut through the sketchy ice patches and keep you cruising even when the conditions are less than ideal.

    The core is a mix of Aspen and Paulownia. This combo keeps the board lightweight, snappy, and super durable. Bonus points for Gnu as it’s all sustainably harvested as well in keeping with their green ethos. 

    The 4 is set to blow the socks off a lot of riders this season. If it’s good enough for Monsieur Bailey, it’s good enough for us. 

Tester’s Verdict

Rhys JonesTDC Snowboarding

“This was a bit of a strange board for me as I was looking forward to giving it a shred. The Shape was ok but nothing which made it really stand out to me. I hadn’t ridden the C3 Camber profile before (mild rockered centre with cambered tip and tail) and it took a little bit of getting used to. Graphics from the mind of Forest Bailey are always unique and these are what you would expect.

“It came into its own in powder, it had good float and really started to to come alive”

To start with, I found it seemed to be lacking some life. The more I rode it, however, the better it got. It is advertised as a rip everything all mountain board. It carved pretty well and the magnetraction definitely helped this. Stance is slightly set back on this directional twin board but riding switch was still good as. It was pretty good on the side hits and general flat land tricks but I felt it came into its own in powder. It had good float and really started to to come alive. I found the Four to be on the softer side for a medium flex board.

I would like to have more time on this board to get used to the camber profile and ride it in more conditions, and on more of the mountain. Probably not something I’d recommend as a park specific board but definitely for the rider who loves a good day charging around the whole mountain in all conditions especially powder.”

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