14/11/2011 | by Tom Copsey
Our product spotlight hits back this week with this all-terrain Jack of All Trades from the people who brought you the Banana – Mervin Manurfacturing’s Gnu Snowboards and their Carbon Credit Series. Read the lowdown and check the review.
Carbon Credit Series
Available lengths: 147, 150, 153, 156, 156W, 159, 159W, 162, 162W, 165W
Tested length: 147
Gnu is the sister company of Lib Tech and sits happily under the unconventional Mervin Manufacturing umbrella. We say ‘unconventional’ because they were bold enough to think – “Hey, maybe snowboards could be made more better,” and allowed their mad scientists to develop Magne-Traction, Banana, and, back in the day, metal edges. Yes, Gnu were the first company to put metal edges on their snowboards back in the 80s when your parents were cool.
This board has all of the above – even metal edges. The Carbon Credit Series is Gnu’s ‘do-it-all’ board for pretty much anyone, whatever their ability. It’s easy to ride thanks to the Banana in its pocket, has killer edge grip through Magne-Traction and its twin geometries are designed to give freestyle performance no matter what the terrain. With a flex that’s best described as ‘middle-of-the-road’ it’s also accessible enough for less savvy riders to progress on but has enough in the tank for guys who know what’s up to enjoy, unless you prefer a more beasty ride. Also available in wides.
Here’s what we scribbled down on a chairlift when we took the Carbon Credit Series for a spin…
“A really amazing board that is great for almost anything. Super fun and noodly but still has loads of edge grip. The Carbon Credit is definitely one of the top 3 boards I tested. Maybe not for the full-on chargers but for anyone wanting a fun board, this is it. ”
€N/A – dependent on where you are in the world.