He may give off the impression that he could make riding on a tea tray look stylish, but Swiss legend Nicolas Müller is actually very discerning when it comes to snowboards. Not long after moving to Gnu in 2014, he designed his first ever pro model – the Gnu Müllair.
And it’s not just a clever name. The Gnu Müllair is a precision-engineered instrument for taking down pow lines – not in the point-it-and-feel-the-G’s fashion, but rather in true surf-the-earth style.
For his signature board, Nico has opted for a profile that combines rocker and camber. However, unlike most Gnus the rocker section in the middle is very shallow, meaning that when unweighted the board makes contact with the ground at each end, not in the middle. This means it has the power of a camber board, with just a little extra pow float on hand when you need it. Shape-wise, it’s got a slight taper that means the nose is wider than the tail, but it’s pretty subtle. If you like spinning off natural hits, this is purpose-built.
Unsurprisingly for a collab between ‘Eco Nico’ and the guys at Mervin, the Gnu Müllair has recycled material in the sidewalls as well as a topsheet made from beans.