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Gnu Money 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 140, 144, 148, 150W 152, 154W, 156
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Combo
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £309 / €349

Still proudly made in the USA, Gnu snowboards (and those of sister brands Lib Tech and Roxy) have never been the most affordable. Still, the Mervin factory has a celebrated reputation for quality, leading to widespread use of the term ‘worth it’.

At the same time, those eccentric board-builders in the Pacific Northwest have created this fine all-mountain option for a much lower price than you’d expect – with a Ronseal-esque name to boot.

“Usually you’d have to shell out a lot more to get these features”

The Gnu Money snowboard is classic Mervin, starting with the profile. The combination of rocker between the feet and camber at each end is a little mellower than what you’ll find on the more specialist Gnu Space Case, but for the right rider it offers up a terrific all-round ride.

On an edge the pressure is spread across three contact points, rather than just the one at each end that you get with classic camber. It’s less precise, but more forgiving, which is essentially what the Gnu Money is in all other respects too. Besides, on an icy day when you really need all the grip you can get, the wavy Magne-Traction edges bring extra bite.

On powder days, that central rocker section takes some of the effort out of staying afloat. As the shape is only subtly directional, any extra help in that department will be welcome, and it also comes in handy when you want to get a strong press going in the park.

The base on the Gnu Money is less tech than what you’ll find on most of the pro models, but it can take a beating, so freestyle fans might even prefer the trade-off. Besides, any snowboard at this price has to have compromised somewhere.

“On an icy day when you really need all the grip you can get, the wavy Magne-Traction edges bring extra bite”

That being said, there’s paulownia alongside Aspen wood in the core, as well as a mixture of biax and triax fibreglass for added strength without any plank-like feel. Usually you’d have to shell out a lot more to get these features.

All this makes the Gnu Money punch well above its price tag, hence why it deserves a place in this year’s Whitelines 100.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“This is the cheapest board Gnu makes, but damn does it ride well. It also looks rad, and made me think of what lower priced boards tended to look like when I started snowboarding – in short: not good like this.

“The Money is definitely a contender for the best value board around”

It’s super friendly, yet gets the job done if you open her up some. Of course it didn’t quite have the edge hold of a higher priced, tech-laden deck, but this and the board’s liveliness will be more than adequate for most mountain cruisers.

Stacked with most of Mervin’s well-known (and long proven) board technologies, the Money is definitely a contender for the best value board around.”

Trade Secrets

Shawn Bishop – Art Director, Gnu

“The directional freestyle shred machine with art by the one and only Jay Howell!

We packed every technology we make into a sick looking rip stick, carefully hand build them in the USA and made it available at a jib bonkers price…

Not sure how we got this one past the bean counters… Get ‘em while you can.”

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