The Gnu Gateway is the continuation of the Gnu Street Series with a new name and some new Asymmetrical tech. Like the Street Series it’s a jib board that can also ride rather well in the rest of the park. Buying this board also provides access to parks that participate with the gateway program. Over all it’s a nice upgrade from the Street Series and it’s right up there with one of our long time favorites the Lib Tech Box Scratcher.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
On Snow Feel: Bordering on a semi stable feel that’s better than some continuous rocker boards but not completely stable. In harder conditions it get’s more loose between the feet. It’s got a very forgiving playful spinny ride.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick turn initiation and it’s got a nice spring edge to edge on short radius turns. Medium and wider radius turns are ok but nothing special. The Gateway is overall more fun to turn than the Street Series.
Flex: Med/soft bordering on soft. You can butter this board all the way down a run if you want to.
Edge Hold: This magnetraction seems a little more mellow and it seems like it’s closer to .5 MTX or is .5 MTX which is their more mellow gripping side cut. It still provides good edge hold but slides a lot easier on rails/jibs.
Powder: It’s a pretty short board and although it doesn’t point down it’s not the kind of board I’d like to be on when it gets deep. Anything more than a foot would become challenging for the average rider.
Carving: Not really a carver nor should you expect this from a continuous rocker
Speed: Not a speedy board. It’s fine for a btx jib board but not really made for mountain riding. Keep it in the park and you should be ok in most places.
Uneven Terrain: If you ride the park all day and then have to take a chewed up run back to your car you will be more than fine.
Switch: Asymmetrical tech from Mervin is great. It really makes turning easier but it really makes it easier for you to ride switch. I’m pretty decent riding switch but whenever I ride with a board like this I ride better.
Jumps: It’s poppy and springy but it’s not really a board I’d like to take off a med/large to really large kicker. It’s more hitting a few small to med/small kickers on the way to the jibs.
Jibbing: Just like the Street Series and Box Scratcher this is very at home in the jib park. It’s a confidence booster.
Pipe: Not really a pipe board but if the rails aren’t de-tuned it’s got enough hold to ride an icy pipe. Most people will be buying this for jibbing so it will be best for a soft spring pipe but it won’t be anything special.