Gnu Headspace

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It's impossible to please everyone, but if one board in the test seemed to receive a unanimous stamp of approval it was Gnu's Headspace. Sporting a mellowed-out version of Mervin's C3 profile—essentially positive camber—Forest Bailey's pro model had testers locking into rails, launching through rhythm sections, and laughing as they ripped every piece of tranny to the end of the run. Its asymmetric outline puts additional sidecut on the heel edge for increased initiation, while Magne-Traction helps with hold throughout the turn. Deep into a long week of board-testing at Carinthia, one veteran tester proclaimed, "After four days of constant riding, this board reinvigorated me." The Gnu Headpace is a board for those who want something soft enough to jib, with enough support to stomp, and the edgehold to actually rail a turn.

Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)

149 – 25

152 –25

155 –25.4

158 –25.5

Flex: 5/10

Camber: Hybrid—minimal rocker with a camber dominant nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: True twin, asymmetrical

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

Price: $449.95
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149, 152, 155, 158

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Tester quote: “After four days of constant riding, this board reinvigorated me.”

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Tester quote: “After four days of constant riding, this board reinvigorated me.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.