Gnu Klassy

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Built for freeride versatility, this carve-hungry deck boasts grippy serrated edges that easily slice through chunks and provide a solid hold on hardpack. Back for a second year in a row as a winner, Kaitlyn Farrington's pro-model boasts a new shape, and comes dialed with playful hybrid camber. "Very solid handling with a lot of life in it, this deck is super poppy and an awesome stick to get crafty on the mountain!" said one tester, who also proclaimed the Klassy to be best deck of the test. The directional shape has a pow-friendly setback stance, a medium flex, and cruisy profile that puts rocker in the center, then camber underfoot. Our testers felt like they could rally over any terrain and could do so in a lively, fun manner. All the feels, for a price that's won't make you rob a bank.

Length (cm):

145

148

151

155

Flex: 6/10

Camber:  Hybrid--camber with early-rise nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: Directional Twin

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

Price: $469.95
Brand Name

GNU

Gender

Womens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

145, 148, 151, 155

Manufacturers URL

http://www.gnu.com

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “Best board of the day! Could handle an edge at speed and was quick to change directions when I wanted it to. Very solid handling with a lot of life in it very poppy and such a fun ride

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

Yes

Gallery ID

1000328640

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester Quote: "Best board of the day! Could handle an edge at speed and was quick to change directions when I wanted it to. Very solid handling with a lot of life in it very poppy and such a fun ride

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

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.