- Sizes: 153, 156, 159, 159W, 162
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Hybrid
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £535/€600
- BUY FROM SURFDOME
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.