Gnu Riders Choice Snowboard : Good Wood 2015
Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Over $450
The choice of Gnu riders Mathieu Crepel, Blake Paul, and Brothers Warbington for good reason. This board has four asymmetric design traits to balance out a sideways stance, including a deeper heelside sidecut, softer heelside core flex, shorter heelside contact points, and asym tip and tail shapes. These small tweaks are pressed into a rocker/camber hybrid profile with a bevy of four different woods in the core. It sounds complex, but the ride is simple.
Available Sizes: 151.5, 154.5 157.5, 158W, 161.5, 162W, 166W
"Super fun all-around board. The tail and torsional flex make it so easy to initiate turning, yet it holds steady on the hardest snow with minimal chatter. The pop is responsive and is real easy to adjust to. Loved this ride!"
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
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.