- Price: £385 / $420
- Category: All-Mountain
- Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate
- Size: 139, 142, 145, 148, 151, 154
- Flex: 4-5/10
- Shape: Asym Twin
- Profile: Hybrid
- Base: Extruded
Calling GNU’s B-Nice a “progession board” is massively underselling this snowboard. Then again, it’s so well equipped for anyone looking to cut their teeth on any part of the mountain that you can see why they claim it. This all-mountain, asymettric twin is perfectly balanced for riders looking for a blend of forgiveness and reliability.
The B-Nice is armed with Gnu’s original Banana profile, featuring rocker between the feet and camber either side. The camber bends aren’t too pronounced, so it’ll have that forgiving, surfy feel you get with most rockered boards. This also makes it great fun for buttering, pressing and floating through the soft stuff at the side of the piste.
“The asymmetric sidecut makes it easier to initiate heel edge carves, adapting to the mechanics of your body”
Hardpack and ice – the Achilles heel of a rockered snowboard – are more manageable with the serrated Magna Traction edges giving you grip when you need it most. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or newcomer to snowboarding the less time spent slipping out onto your ass the better.
If you want to lay down some heavenly carves on the corduroy the B-Nice has you covered here too. The asymmetric sidecut makes it easier to initiate heel edge carves, adapting to the mechanics of your body by having a softer flex and shorter radius on the heel side of the snowboard. This feature may be a little lost on the more novice riders out there but will suit those of a more intermediate and up level.
Gnu have given this all-mountain twin a soft flexing aspen and paulownia wood core and a tough Eco-sublimated extruded base that will appeal to park riders and those who get some proper early seaosn riding under their belts before the rocks are fully covered. Gnu snowboards are made in the Mervin factory in the USA that proudly boasts zero hazardous waste from its manufacture processes as well as using power generated from renewable sources to power them.