GNU Zoid

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Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015 – 2106

Words: Scott Yorko

“I haven’t had so much fun on a board in a long time. I was doing these GS turns and scraping my face on the snow. Great board for the quiver.” These are the words Good Wood tester Eddie Wall had regarding the Zoid. With both a goofy and regular stance version, Gnu really went out on a limb with this highly asymmetrical sidecut that allowed testers to rail effortless heel edge turns on the shorter effective edge, although the tail felt a bit washy until we got used to it. Ideal for riders who really know how to lay down a Euro carve on corduroy, but will also thread the needle through tight trees in pow.

From the testers: “This is easily my favorite freeride board. It handled like a speedboat and just ripped right through everything. It was awesome for quick, fast turns and big wide ones. Not bad in the air either.”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)
158 — 8.2/8 — 25.5

Flex: medium-stiff

Camber: Hybrid (reverse between inserts, camber underfoot)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $650.00
Length

149, 158

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.