- 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.