Gnu Ladies’ Choice

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The Ladies Choice laps up another Good Wood gold for being a predictable deck, tooled to push up your confidence and push you further. As Jamie Anderson's board of choice for progression and podiuming, it's hand-built in the USA with quality craftsmanship that creates zero hazardous waste. The asymmetrical design is ergonomic, with a deeper heel sidecut, so it initiates turns with ease. With Mervin's signature Magne-Traction edges, it sliced through hard and soft pack easier than a butcher cuts up salami. "This deck was softer than expected, but I loved how she latched onto jibs, and launched off hits," offered a tester. The hybrid profile has rocker in the center and camber slightly underfoot, then bumps back to rocker. From hitting big jumps to working on euro carves and slashing all over the mountain, the Ladies Choice loves to do it all. Look out for this to be the deck Jamie Anderson rides at the Olympics in Peyoncheng.

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Flex: 6/10

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

Base: Sintered

Shape: Asymmetrical Twin

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

Price: $569.95
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Tester Quote: “Hot damn she locks into jibs and lands like a boss, a little soft, but so freaking fun! Lap after lap, I couldn’t get enough.”

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Tester Quote: "Hot damn she locks into jibs and lands like a boss, a little soft, but so freaking fun! Lap after lap, I couldn’t get enough."

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.