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Gnu Pro Choice 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 148.5
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Asymmetric Twin
  • Price: £510/€570
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Gnu Pro Choice Snowboard: It was a hands down favourite among our Test Team.

The Pro Choice is Jamie Anderson’s weapon of choice for when she wants to rip shit up. It’s a beefed-up version of her super popular Ladies Choice, built for when you need to pack a powerful punch wherever you are on the mountain.

“It makes it easier to get onto your heel edge and balances out your toe and heelside curves more than a regular snowboard”

It has an asymmetric sidecut, so it’s a tighter curve on the heelside, which is used to counteract your body’s biomechanical inefficiencies. It makes it easier to get onto your heel edge and balances out your toe and heelside curves more than a regular snowboard. This asymmetry doesn’t affect the twin nature of the board, as the heelside stays the same no matter whether you’re regs or goofy.

The board features Mervin’s C3 camber profile – which is their most aggressive – and has a shorter, mellower rocker between the bindings, then more dynamic camber under each binding for increased power and drive. The fact that it’s only very slightly rockered in the middle compared to its sister the Ladies Choice gives it more explosive pop and a more aggressive on-piste performance.

Mervin are one of the most environmentally-friendly companies within the industry, and the Pro Choice fits in with their green concept. It uses their Bio beans topsheet, which is a bio-plastic and is waaayyy better for the environment than traditional methods.

“The Pro Choice will slay any terrain and is perfect for intermediate and advanced riders wanting a powerful and fast quiver killer”

The core is mostly sustainably harvested Aspen mixed with layers of Paulownia and Balsa wood in the middle, this trio leaves the board incredibly lightweight but still poppy. Both Triax and Biax glass are woven to keep the board super resilient and durable.

The Pro Choice uses Mervin’s Magnetraction down its edges which bites in the snow. There are 7 strategically placed serrations, starting from mild and getting bigger towards the bindings, with the most aggressive ones between the feet. It works like a bread knife, and the increased surface area cuts through cruddy snow and ice with ease. If carving is your thing, then the Magnetraction paired with the Asymm Sidecut is gonna leave you frothing for it.

Although it’s classified as a park board, the Pro Choice will slay any terrain and is perfect for intermediate and advanced riders wanting a powerful and fast quiver killer.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“Riding this board was an absolute dream. I’m already a huge fan of the Ladies Choice so I was stoked to get on this deck to see how Gnu could possibly have topped themselves. But, yet again they’ve hit the nail on the head.

“The whole time I rode this board I was smiling like an idiot, it’s fun, it’s fierce and by god it’s fast”

It felt exactly how a step up should feel; slightly stiffer and more aggressive, it made me feel more dynamic on piste. I took it out on an icy hard pack spring morning and the edge hold was everything you come to expect from Magnetraction.

As the snow softened up it was lively, it was poppy, it wanted to ride hard and fast and still managed to turn on a dime. Stable on the in-run, and solid whilst you’re landing, I wouldn’t ride it as an all-out jib board but for everything else the Pro Choice would be my choice. I cannot fault it one bit, I’ve always been really wary of hybrid boards, and the Ladies Choice changed my mind a few years ago, but this has just knocked everything out of the park.

The whole time I rode this board I was smiling like an idiot, it’s fun, it’s fierce and by god it’s fast. The Pro Choice is the jewel in the crown of the Gnu women’s range and rightly so.”

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