Gnu Metal Gnuru Snowboard : Good Wood 2015 Reviews
Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Under $450
More cowbell? How about more metal? The Metal Gnuru brings a fury of features to the stage. Snappy Great Lakes aspen and mysterious Columbian Gold woods for the core, mellow Magne-Traction for smooth edge grip, a sintered base for speed, and double sintered sidewalls for strength. All these notes are put together in a twin, all-terrain freestyle shape, with a rockered center and elliptical camber at the tips. Artwork by New Hampshire buzzard Zach Johnsen—zenvironments.com.
Available Sizes: 152, 155, 158, 162
"Love the flex and the feel of the board. Poppy and snappy for reverse camber between the feet—stoked."
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there's something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride 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 often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.