GNU Headspace

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The Headspace is Forrest Bailey's all-terrain board, and although testers agreed it's a good option for all-mountain freestylers, it's still mostly designed for jibbing. Gnu’s C3 camber profile puts rocker between the bindings and camber from the inserts to the tips. One said he was glad to feel more response in this year’s version but that it could use more effective edge on hardpack. Magne-Traction supplements some lack of edge contact, which proved helpful in icy East Coast conditions, and the asymmetric shape strengthen heel-side carves and freeride capabilities. One veteran tester thought it was a great combo of pressability and pop. He called it "butteriffic yet responsive." Another said that since it falls on the softer side of the spectrum, he felt he could hold presses forever as long as he kept his balance but had to be aggressive to pop back out since it wasn't very snappy. The soft nose and tail threw some testers off, but didn't always bring them down. According to one, "It felt loose when coming down hard but always seemed to stay right underfoot and not wash out like expected." Adding some rigidity to the tips could help improve all-around performance, but multiple testers still thought it was one of the best rail boards of the test.

Sizes: 145, 149, 152, 155

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

145 – 7.5/7.7 – 24.7
149 – 7.6/7.8 – 25.0
152 – 7.8/8.0 – 25.0
155 – 8.0/8.2 – 25.4

Flex: 6/10

Camber: C3 (Aggressive blend of rocker between the feet and camber underneath and outside them.)

(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: $450.00
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Tester Quote: “Talk about fun at all speeds, this board rolled from edge to edge so smoothly.”

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Tester Quote: "Talk about fun at all speeds, this board rolled from edge to edge so smoothly.”

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