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Gnu Hyperkyarve 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 157, 159W, 160
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £470/€530
  • BUY ONLINE

The Hyperkyarve is Blake Paul’s wildcard board, designed to rip shit up from backcountry booters to banked slalom berms.  With a fully directional shape its perfect for painting powder lines (that big ol’ nose is going to keep you surfing with ease).

The tapered sidecut keeps the tail narrower than the nose, perfect for sinking your back leg and for whipping rounds tight turns and slashes. The slight swallow tail also reduces surface area in the nose to keep that badboy firmly down into the deeper snow, say “sayonara” to your burning back leg.

“Get those elbows down and nipples to the floor with the confidence that the Hyperkyarve is going to have your back”

Built for stronger riders who are going to be able to handle the stiffer flex and the speed that it will pick up from the high scale sintered base, the Hyperkyarve wants to be fast and aggressive on piste. Magnetraction provides extra grip on hard pack and when the conditions are less than ideal, the wavy edges are placed specifically to enhance its effect.  

The deep sidecut will keep you yearning for turning on piste and let you really let loose into those carves. Get those elbows down and nipples to the floor with the confidence that the Hyperkyarve is going to have your back.

Like most Gnu boards it features a rockered middle section, with camber either side out towards the nose and tail. It’s got a shorter rocker, with extended and heightened camber to allow a bit of extra float from the middle, but aggressive and lively on piste performance from the tip and tail. The camber keeps the pressure on and allows for more dynamic pop when you’re wanting to explode into turns and ollies.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“A nice tight waist helps make the Hyperkyarve lovely and playful, and as the name suggests it is built for carvey maneuvers, but I’ve got to say I’m hesitant to recommend this if you’re looking for an all out turning machine. Especially if you’re used to a traditional profile speedster.

“A nice tight waist helps make the Hyperkyarve lovely and playful”

I suppose that should be expected as this is Blake Paul’s signature deck, it’s definitely got a looser freestyle edge that lets you scrub and pivot at will rather than feeling fully locked into each turn – think more Yawgoon tech carves and less layed out corduroy cutting.”

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