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Gnu T2B 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 152, 155, 155MW, 158, 158MW, 162
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Combo
  • Shape: Asymmetric Twin
  • Price: £409 / €459

Thanks mainly to the tech they use (rocker/camber combo profiles, wavy Magne-traction edges), the guys at Mervin Manufacturing can be guilty of claiming a lot of their boards to be ‘one-board quivers’. To the list we can now add the Gnu T2B snowboard, which is designed to do it all from “Top 2 Bottom.”

We’ll start with powder; after a dump, the heavy rocker bend at the waist of the Gnu T2B is useful for keeping you afloat. The bonus is that because you now don’t need a pow-centric shape, you can indulge your freestyle side on the natural features.

“Is this really a one-board quiver? We reckon it’s got a pretty strong case”

On piste the profile’s relative lack of edge grip is compensated for by those serrated edges – and, to a lesser extent, the camber sections under the feet. As good as camber for carving? Not quite. Fit for purpose? Absolutely, especially once the board’s asymmetrical design has been taken into account.

Then there’s the park. Naturally a twin board with a medium flex has a lot to offer any freestyle fan, and that middle bend again proves useful when you’re trying to get the most out of a 5-0 or noseslide. The combination of biax and triax fibreglass also plays a part in making the Gnu T2B responsive enough for big spins without being too rigid.

So is this really a one-board quiver? We reckon it’s got a pretty strong case.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris MoranHere Be Treasure

“I’ve always loved Gnu and Lib Tech’s offerings. There’s something different, and yet immediately obvious about their construction.

Consistent artwork from day one has helped, but it’s more than that – experimental cambers, and silly-named sidecuts mean most of the Mervin factory output unmistakingly resembles a breadknife that a blacksmith might use to warm up his hammers – the Skate Banana being perhaps one of the most mis-shapen boards of all time.

“You can either ride it centred as a twin, or loaded up front like you’re a trucker steering an articulated load down the piste in a hang-ten position”

And so to the T2B – it’s asymmetric (of course it is), it’s got a ludicrous-sounding sidecut profile (FiveYearOld Crayonified or some such name, I didn’t take notes), and you can either ride it centred as a twin, or loaded up front like you’re a trucker steering an articulated load down the piste in a hang-ten position.

Now in fairness, what it’s actually like in the real world, I couldn’t say. By the time I chucked some bindings on it, the rain had killed conditions in Morzine to the point where trees were snapping onto cable car lines. Serious. So by the time they re-opened the slopes, the snow had shrunk into an elephant-skin texture that was as icy as it was uneven.

No board could have made the slopes fun. So why not side-slip down it all on essentially the snowboard equivalent of Joseph Merrick? Why not indeed.”

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