- Sizes: 155, 159, 159W 161, 161W, 164W
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £529 / €599
He may have been a superstar name in snowboarding for over 15 years, but Nicolas Müller is still firing on all cylinders, as his part in Absinthe’s Turbodojo proved. Amazingly, it’s only for the last few winters that he’s had his own pro model under his feet – the Gnu Müllair.
There’s been very little change to the Gnu Müllair since its debut, as it was already the perfect weapon for Nico’s own particular brand of pow riding. Want to bomb a face at Mach 10, or nip through trees on shallower pitches? You can do both with this, although really its sweet spot sits somewhere in the middle of the two.
“Want to bomb a face at Mach 10, or nip through trees on shallower pitches? You can do both with this”
While the light taper makes it float better than most in powder, it’s still got a fairly standard shape, so backcountry freestyle is encouraged. It’s no carbon-enhanced rocket, but there’s enough stiffness to ride powerfully through the deep stuff without any nasty surprises.
This gets a big thumbs-up in all conditions, actually. On piste the Magne-traction edges (bent into a wave-like shape along the sidecut for extra grip) can dig in for carves, which already feel pretty special thanks to the taper. Then when the slush comes, it’s perfect for side hits too.
For 2018/19, Nico and Gnu have significantly increased the size range, meaning more people than ever can have a shot on the Gnu Müllair.