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Gnu Müllair 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

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.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahon – Whitelines

“Having ridden a previous Nicolas Müller-designed board (don’t call it a pro model) I was expecting great things picking this up, and in all honesty there’s only been a few changes since he nipped over to Gnu.

The biggest is the rocker right between your feet that makes the whole ride slightly more nimble whilst making snap decisions or nipping between trees. Though it can also feel a bit skittish, when you get a turn just right more often than not the Magne-traction is there in place.

It’s basically a fun powder machine, very forgiving and more than willing to do a lot of the work keeping the nose afloat for you, leaving you free to get buried in turns or butter through the sweet stuff to your heart’s content.

“It’s basically a fun powder machine, very forgiving and more than willing to do a lot of the work.”

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