A Quick Look at the Gnu Danny Kass C2 BTX 2014
Gnu Danny Kass C2 BTX 2013-2010 Review
The Gnu Danny Kass 2013-2010 is a semi-stable and forgiving ride for most ability levels that comes in regular sizing and Mid Wide sizing for the 158.
The 2013 Gnu Danny Kass changed the camber profile from C2 Power BTX to C2 Contour BTX. I’m not really sure what that is but the ride felt pretty similar to the 2012 to us. There might be some subtle differences to someone who rides this board all the time but to us who only ride this a few days a year it felt pretty similar.
Size 158 and 155
Conditions: 1 deep powder day and the rest hard to soft groomer days.
Riders: James, Lee, Peter, Jimbo and a few other friends/family not on the site.
Bindings Used- Burton Cartel, Union Force, Union Atlas,
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge,
On Snow Feel: The 2013 Gnu Danny Kass went to C2 Power BTX so its camber profile tends to be a little more loose between the feet than many other C2 BTX profiles. It’s still pretty stable in softer snow but a little loose between the feet in harder snow when one footing or flat basing. It’s a fun cruising board on the mountain and a great do almost everything board in the park.
Powder: We had one really deep powder day and The Gnu Danny Kass floats well for a twin with a centered stance. It would of been nice to have a little set back for directional pow riding like the Billy Goat but it’s great riding switch or regular in pow for a more freestyle approach.
Turn Initiation– If you have Size 10 -12 shoes the Gnu Danny Kass will turn on a dime but if you have smaller feet it’s going to take more work. Still the hybrid rocker shape will make the board easier to turn than traditional camber. We found it pretty easy to transition from edge to edge but my size 9 boot didn’t have that lightning quick response that many of us found with the Gnu C2 BTX Billy Goat or Lib Tech TRS C2. It was more like the Lib Tech Travis Rice C2 BTX.
Speed: The Danny Kass has a very fast base and is pretty stiff but their is still a bit of that feeling like a skate board with loose trucks when you point it. Also when you flat base it can be a little squirrely too. We must say that this has been really reduced compared to some of the C2 BTX boards we rode in the past so they are getting close to eliminating this problem.
Uneven Terrain: Not bad dealing with uneven end of the day groomers of snow. It’s thick heavy build shields your body from soft to hard bumpy snow pretty well.
Approximate Weight– Not the lightest board out there but it’s well built.
Edge Hold: The Gnu Danny Kass is excellent when it comes to edge hold. The MTX side cut is in the mid range but the Danny Kass would be fine on east coast ice as long as you stayed on edge.
Flex: This board is really on the medium side of medium. It is a very well balanced flex for all mountain riding.
Carving– The Danny Kass can carve pretty well. The bend on the tail keeps the board from washing out. It’s perfect for laying a rail to get up the half pipe or making some mellow turns but it was missing that spring out of the turn when you really try to scratch your nipples on a deep aggressive carve. Still this is pretty good when it comes to carving.
Switch: Despite it’s non twinish twin shape it rode switch very well. It’s borderline excellent. Gnu says this is a twin but the nose and tail look different. The ride is very good switch but it didn’t seem excellent. Maybe that was just in our heads but that is what we are reporting.
Jibbing– You can stop through the jib park for a box and a bonk but there are better boards in Lib Tech’s line for long kinked down rails. It’s pretty fun though for a mid flexing board and it does soften up a little over time.
Pipe: The one thing this board is supposed to excel in was not tested. There is no pipe up yet at our mountain. From all the indicators of how this board rides we don’t see why this wouldn’t rock the pipe.
Jumps: The Gnu Danny Kass could handle jumps very well. It wasn’t as solid as the Gnu Riders Choice but it’s very springy of the lip and really is fun to jump in the park and hitting natural terrain throughout the mountain.
The Gnu Danny Kass will always be a black sheep compared to some of Gnu’s flagship models but some riders with mid sized feet or riders that want to put a little more effort in their turns will really enjoy this short playful ride.
The 2012 Gnu Danny Kass has a nice upgrade to C2 BTX Power Banana which is a more aggressive stable ride over C2 BTX. The Danny Kass is still very similar in terms of personality but it’s just going to flat base a little better and deal with speed a little better so this year is the call over all other years.
A Quick Look at the Gnu Danny Kass C2 BTX 2012
The 2011 Gnu Danny Kass looks like a more refined version of C2 BTX over the 2011 that one foots and flat bases on hard conditions better.