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Gnu Free Spirit 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 143, 148
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £445/€500
  • BUY ONLINE

The Gnu Free Spirit is a freeride phenom. It follows the trend of short, stubby powder boards that has emerged over the last few seasons and still manages to stand out amongst them. The Free Spirit is one of Jamie Anderson’s pro models and is her first choice when venturing off into the deep. 

The directional shape of the board keeps your weight over the tail, so you can wave goodbye top that nasty back leg burn. The waist of the board is about a centimetre wider than what you’d expect to find on a board of its size. This larger surface area is going to help deliver you that beautiful, easy going float you’ll soon fall in love with.

“The slimmer tail is going to allow you to drive harder and be more powerful when you bring the board onto the piste”

The Free Spirit uses a C3 camber profile, which has a mellow rocker between the feet to keep the board nice and floaty, and a short camber under each foot to add drive and power when on piste. The rocker/camber combo delivers the best of both worlds, not sacrificing piste performance for powder or vice versa. Still with a pretty mellow flex pattern, the Free Spirit is able to get some good air time, and is able to butter quite nicely, especially in the softer nose. The shorter length is also going to be nice for tight spins when trying to hit that big backcountry booter you’ve been dreaming of…

The nose is wider than the tail, and the larger front is going to help keep you up and cruising in the deep stuff. The slimmer tail, meanwhile, is going to allow you to drive harder and be more powerful when you bring the board onto the piste. The super-fast sintered base will keep you whizzing along even when you’re too lazy to wax your board, or when the snow starts to get heavy and sticky late season.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“I was lucky enough to get the absolute perfect conditions to test out the Free Spirit, a bluebird May day with a meter of fresh snow. This thing floated like an absolute dream, it was completely effortless and allowed me to have a really loose, surfy style whilst riding powder.

“On the open powder bowls it sprayed and roostered with ease, the long wide slashes were a complete delight”

It dominated through the narrow tree runs, was able to nip and tuck through the smallest gaps and was so manoeuvrable it was practically cheating. On the open powder bowls it sprayed and roostered with ease, the long wide slashes were a complete delight.

My only issue with this board was when riding piste it was quite cumbersome if you wanted to get fast edge to edge transitions, which is understandable given the width. Other than that, it was soft enough to play around on, and poppy enough to get some sidehit action. In my opinion, it’s definitely more of a quiver board, but a damn good one at that.”

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