Gnu is one of the oldest snowboard companies in the game, and shares their stable in Seattle, Washington – Mervin Manufacturing – with another rad shred brand, Lib Tech. Led by the visionary, innovative, and eclectic minds of Mike Olsen, Pete Saari and co. Mervin has been responsible for introducing many technologies we see as standard today – from metal edges, to Magne Traction, to Banana – and in the Gnu range there’s plenty of all mountain swizzle sticks, binders and the like that will give shredders wanting some OG tech the horn.
When we swung by the booth we were treated to some highlights for the 2011/2012 season. Up first there’s the Aggro Fastec bindings. These feature a reclining highback system called Fastec which let’s you get in and out super easy, and is also notable for its use of recycled materials.
In terms of boards, their range is looking sick as ever with some more tech madness that’ll have you hyped. Firstly there’s the high-end, low weight Impossible. This has a full sheet of magnesium integrated to boost stiffness while keeping the weight down. And it has glow in the dark sidewalls. Next there’s the awesomely-named Dirty Pillow – a full rockered pow board that comes in 3 sizes and with a mellow sidecut is aimed at riders wanting cruisy big mountain lines and all-mountain performance. Thirdly is the Billy Goat – Temple Cummins’ umpteenth hard-charging all mountain board is for guys who rip like Temple still does, and it now comes in a split board version. Finally it’s the Park Pickle in the spotlight, which features an innovative asymmetric sidecut on a true twin shape to give improved control on your edges.
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