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Gnu Müllair 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • 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.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“We’re all familiar with how hard Nico sends it, but though the Müllair is certainly powerful and direct it’s not as stiff and demanding as you might think. It’s certainly for more advanced riders, though, and felt like it had a tight sidecut that made it turn quick with great edge hold.

“The Müllair is certainly powerful and direct, but it’s not as stiff and demanding as you might think”

The trade-off for being able to hack and react like Müller is it can feel a little twitchy if you’re not carving every turn. The nose felt floaty through the crud so I’d imagine it would cruise perfectly through pow, and there was certainly plenty of pop in the tail. Lightweight and lively, this would be a great choice for more experienced all-mountain riders.”

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“When you’re testing Mϋller’s board, there are certain conditions you want to try it out in. Namely, powder – either deep and steep, or mellow with plenty of playful hits. Not wind-blasted, rained on ice, which is what greeted us at the top of the bubble in La Clusaz last January.

But that’s OK; I’ve ridden the previous year’s model in pow and loved it, so I probably deserved this, but upon dropping in I was pleasantly surprised. The Magne-Traction didn’t ‘turn ice into powder’ like they claim, but the thing held an edge really, really well given the conditions, mainly due to the profile. Rockered boards are turd on ice, so it’s good that Mervin’s ‘mild rocker with camber underfoot’ actually comes out more like camber – they seemingly just have to keep chatting about bananas to keep up appearances.

“I’m actually glad I got to take it for a spin in shithouse conditions. It’s good to know that this kind of money gets you this kind of performance”

Anyway, the Müllair is fast, nimble and inspires playtime on even the grimmest of cat tracks. Buttery and poppable, it’s everything you’d want from a €600 powder board, because let’s face it: that is a lot of money. For that cash, I don’t want something to sit around and gather dust waiting for the next storm, I want to be able to take it up in all conditions and have it perform, and that’s exactly what Nico’s flagship does.

If I was going to criticise, I’d say it’s a touch thicker that it could be, but that goes for most boards made in America – I think they call it ‘quality construction’ – but that aside I’m actually glad I got to take it for a spin in shithouse conditions. It’s good to know that this kind of money gets you this kind of performance.”

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