Gnu Riders Choice 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the GNU Riders Choice Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.

  • Sizes: 151.5, 154.5, 155W, 157.5, 158W, 161.5, 162W, 166W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid
  • Shape: Asymm Twin
  • Price: £510/€570

The Riders Choice says it all in the name- it’s everyone’s favourite. It’s the perfect go anywhere, do anything board, if you’re looking for a one board quiver killer then clap your peepers on this little beauty. 

Mid flexing for your comfort so it’s the ultimate formula for an all mountain slayer. Stiff enough to hold its line when you want to really lay into your carves, soft enough so you can still jib and play around.

“It’s the perfect go anywhere, do anything board”

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The Riders Choice uses Gnu’s C2X profile, which features a shorter rockered section between the feet to keep the board a bit more floaty and mellow. Outside of this, it has longer and more aggressive cambered sections outwards running to the tip and tail. The Camber keeps the board feeling lively and dynamic and improves on piste performance by loading pressure towards the nose and tail. 

Gone are the days of sketching out on a patch of ice, the Riders Choice features their Asymmetric Magnetraction. Serrations run down both edges of the board, like a steak knife, to increase the surface area and bite, but with an Asym the waves are deeper on the heel edge. The deeper serration helps to reduce fatigue and increase power on the heel side turns, which is your body’s naturally weaker side.

The durable, sintered base will keep you ripping and gripping way into the late season slush, keep it waxed and you’ll be mach 10. As well as being a rad board, it’s also pretty rad for Mother Nature- like all Gnu boards, it’s manufactured with zero hazardous waste.

An awesome choice for a stronger rider, who wants to turn the whole mountain into their own personal playground. 

Tester’s Verdict

Jon Bird LD Mountain Centre

The Gnu Riders Choice Snowboard is a an all mountain freestyle aysmm twin. As Mervin say in their catalogs blurb built by rides for riders. Mervin team riders have had a real input in this everyday freestyle stick, that reflects in the ride. 

“Ample pop and flex for spring park laps and powerful laid out carves on the groomers with less effort thanks to the asymmetric shape”

I thought last winter’s riders choice was a bit steady and lacking that bit of spice I expected from a Gnu Choice. No such story this winter Mervin and Gnu team riders have built an all mountain one board quiver, ideal for a seasonaires daily driver. With the C2 hybrid profile giving great feel and float on a first lift powder day ,with ample pop and flex for spring park laps and powerful laid out carves on the groomers with less effort thanks to the asymmetric shape. 

The Gnu Riders Choice is the perfect choice for a seasonaires board bags this winter. A fun versatile all mountain freestyle board you can ride all day, everyday of your winter no matter the conditions or terrain.

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Tester’s Verdict 2018/19


“All Mountain? Freestyle? This is very much both, and offers something for everyone.

My first run was in some hard-pack conditions with a wave of people descending around me, but the amount of fun the board generated put all that mayhem to bed. I was quickly dropping my shoulder and going to warp 10, looking for the nearest side hits to go boosting for days!

“Everywhere I went I would get a positive response”

Its asymmetric construction lets you lay down carves and get more power in your turns with minimal effort, and the Magne-traction edges grip and hold in all conditions. You could really feel the technology in the board feeding back with everything you wanted to do. It was super responsive and lively.

There wasn’t any powder, but I can’t imagine that being an issue. Everywhere I went I would get a positive response. Even at slower speeds you could really play with the flex and create some buttery goodness, offering what I felt was the most versatile board in the Gnu line.

The Riders Choice is a very wise choice indeed.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19


“The Gnu Riders Choice is one those ‘go anywhere, do anything’ peak-to-park all-mountain freestyle snowboards.

You can feel the power and pop of the camber on the side hits and while carving on the groomers. It also floats well in the deeper snow, and with the asymmetrical shape makes those heel side turns easier.

“You can feel the power and pop of the camber on the side hits and while carving on the groomers”

Although I did feel Riders Choice was a steady solid board at times it did feel a little dull despite the Cali sun graphic.

The Gnu Riders Choice is a one board quiver of a snowboard for a the rider looking to progress with confidence offered by the magnetraction ensuring that extra grip when needed. A solid, steady, safe choice.”

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