GNU Eco Choice

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Gnu’s new Eco Choice asymmetric twin behaves like the popular Riders Choice, but it’s covered in an environmental cloak. The Eco Choice was tweaked by team rider Nicolas Müller to have less production impact with its water-based inks, non-toxic resins, recycled plastic sidewalls, FSC wood core, and Bio Beans topsheet, but still retain the classic feel the Riders Choice is known for. One tester called it “an all-mountain do-all tool.” Another described its sought-after feel: “I love this flex pattern—it’s softer torsionally for snappy turns and agility, and medium stiff tip-to-tip, which is for good stability.” Most of the ride can be attributed to the Mervin C2 camber profile that offers forgiveness between the bindings and “really let’s you drive turns with your feet and load up ollies” as one tester noted. The cambered ends, however, still give it some bite and control at the tips. The flex between the feet also makes lifting the nose up for powder easier, too. For riders familiar with Mervin’s C2 camber profile, this board hits the spot for a buttery and playful freestyle ship.

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)

154.5 – 7.7/8.1 – 25.2
157.5 – 7.8/8.2 – 25.5
161.5 – 8/8.4 – 25.8

Flex: Medium

Camber: Mervin C2 (rocker between the feet, camber underfoot and toward the tips)

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

(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. 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: $580.00
Brand Name

GNU

Product Type
Style

All Mountain

Gender

Mens

Length

154.5 , 157.5, 161.5

Camber

Mervin C2 (Rocker between the feet, camber under foot and toward the tips.)(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)(Sidecut Radius:

Flex

Medium

Sidecut

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm) 154.5 – 7.7/8.1 – 25.2 157.5 – 7.8/8.2 – 25.5 161.5 – 8/8.4 – 25.8

Manufacturers URL

http://www.gnu.com

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “Great all-mountain board for people who enjoy butters and jumps but still charge everything.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

Tester Quote: “Great all-mountain board for people who enjoy butters and jumps but still charge everything.”

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