|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Gnu Mullair 2018 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Gnu Mullair is a board we have been dying to get on since it came out last year in late release. After almost 2+ years of it being out we finally got a a head to head test. The short of it is we all preferred the Gnu Mullair a little more than the Flight Attendant. Both are great boards but now the Mullair wears the favorites badge. The design has stayed the same from 2017-2018 and the only thing new for 2018 is it now comes in wide sizes.
Days: 2 (1-day thanks to P3 at Mammoth)
Conditions: Really good Sierra Snow. Another day with 1.5-2 feet of Sierra Cement at the top and perfect groomers on the bottom.
Riders: James, Zobel, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Ride Trident, Burton Rover
Bindings: Union Ultra, Union Atlas
Set Up: Set back, approx 23″ 15 front -6 back. Day 2 approx 23″ 18 front -9 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal. Not heavy and not light.
Flex: Nice medium/stiff flex
Sizing: The 159 feels pretty much size 10 and under. Jimbo and Zobel booted out often with their size 11 and 11.5 boots.
On Snow Feel: The Gnu Mullair feels like a more traditional more surfy version of the Flight Attendant. It’s got a similar feel camber wise but overall it just feels a little better and dynamic underfoot along with better edge hold. It’s a stable mostly camber ride that you expect to feel when riding Mervin’s C3 camber profile. It feels a touch less catchy than full on camber but not by much.
Edge Hold: Nice bump compared to the Flight Attendant and although it doesn’t feel like Full MTX like you get from the TRS or old Darker Series but it grips well enough.
Turn Initiation: If you know how to turn its quick edge to edge if you like to roll from edge to edge quickly on short turns and it’s very easy to turn in tight spots. If you like wider turns once you are committed more to the side cut it turns a pretty average circle size and it’s fun. Getting a board like this is all about directional stylish turning and that will be the number one thing you do. The Gnu Mullair does not disappoint and we could turn this all season.
Skidded Turns: The Gniu Mullair isn’t the board you get if you want to skid turns. There are much easier boards for that. It’s best with competent advanced riders to Expert riders.
Carving: So much fun to carve and I didn’t feel like I had to commit too much weight to the back foot to keep it from washing out. The Flight Attendant feels more between the feet than the Mullair but the Mullair has a more directional surfy feel with the turn. If you are really into a more traditional surfy turn the Mullair will be the call and if you are more into a more double ender/all mountain style/more skate like/less surfy turn then the Flight Attendant will be more appealing to carve.
Speed: This isn’t a racing board but it can bomb without excessive chatter.
Uneven Terrain: Yeah this is a stiffer freeride board but
Powder: So it seems like there is a slight touch of early rise in the nose. What we found when comparing it to the Burton Flight Attendant is the set back is 7″ on board at a stance width of approximately 22.75″ and if you use a mini disc the set back will be closer to 7.75″ which is a good bit further than the Flight attendant at 6.25″. That and the longer nose with less of a king up for better float and a shorter tail it seems like the Gnu Mullaire is much closer to the Flight Attendant than we thought. This is all great above but when we actually got em both in about 1.5-2′ of thick Sierra Cement we felt the float was pretty close.
Switch: Doable and we liked the Flight Attendant better here. However, you aren’t really buying this board to ride switch a lot. It’s mainly for riding one direction.
Pipe: The Gnu Mullair could be a great directional pipe rider thanks to the springy drive it could have from wall to wall as well as the pretty strong edge hold. We wouldn’t know though as we didn’t ride the pipe.
Jumps: Great pop and it’s got an easy directional spring off the tail for an ollie or off a drop or even a kicker.
So we knew this was a fun board when we tried it last year but now that we got to compare it to a favorite and Nico’s past model we found out how much more we like it.
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Not what i was hoping for
Just wanted to chime in on the board - after having it out on both powder and hard pack / groomers. In short, I was expecting more. Given the boards shape, I thought it would float much better in powder (had 1.5 feet of fresh to play in). It really didn't stand out as a great powder-friendly board. I spend a good amount of time on T.Rice and Banana Magic, and both felt like they did much better in powder. (my 2c)
As for carving, seeing it rated as excellent, I was REALLY expecting a lot more from this board on morning groomers. Having come from many camber boards (Custom, Custom X, Timeless, Prophet, Yukon, and more), this definitely did not stand out. I would attribute the lack of carving ability to boards effective edge (or lack thereof).
For comparison sake - I'm also on a burton custom X 162, which has an effective edge of 1260 mm, whereas the 161 Mullair has an effective edge of 1140 mm. IMHO, that's quite significant, and noticable when trying to dig deep into turns. The Mullair just didn't feel locked in to the carve, and didn't carve as well as other cambered boards I've been on.
I'm sure Nico can get much more of of this board than I. LOL. But for me, it just didn't stand out.
Total time spent with the board: 5 full days
Conditions: Packed Sierra Cement, 2 day old Powder
Boots: DC T Rice size 10
Bindings: Burton Genesis X
So Last year I rode a Burton Flight Attendant 156, and after seeing this board sized 155 on Sale I decided to snatch it. Like James says in the review, this board is definitely a “Burvin”. Lot’s of similarities between the 2 models, since Nico helped designed both of them (really the FA should have been called his pro model, but it seems like Burton only does that with the White Collection these days). Anyway, these boards have some similarities but are definitely different. This review is mostly comparing the two of them, but also trying to help out those who never ridden either.
Approximate Weight: On the Light Side of Normal
On Snow Feel: Poppy, Playful and not as aggressive as you would think.
Powder: The 155 is probably not the best size for powder since this board is pretty narrow. Saying that, I will state that the float was decent but nothing to write home about. The FA 156 has a better float than the Mullair 155, but I am sure that the 159 model would do a lot better in powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Super quick edge to edge, one of the quickest I have ever ridden, comparable even to the ultra quick Yes PYL. When it comes to a carve though, it’s good but not perfect. This board has a freestyle feel to it, and the 155 even though never washed out on me, didn’t feel super stable or inspired confidence when laying down on a hard carve.
Speed: Definitely not a bomber. One of the main differences between this board and the FA is how both handled high speeds. Since the FA is a lot stiffer I felt super comfortable riding it fast and did not feel a lot of chunder under my feet, and I was using bindings and boots with great shock absortion (DC T.Rice/Burton Genesis X) . The Mullair was not as damp as the Flight Attendant and once I started going fast I felt lots of vibration under my feet. I did not feel confident straight lining this board.
Uneven Terrain: Due to its maneuverability, this board did great on uneven snow. Managing bumps and chunder on low speeds was incredibly easy, but you don’t wanna do the same thing through late afternoon snow going while riding super fast with the Mullair.
Edge Hold: Incredible edge hold, Mellow Magne traction from Mervin in my opinion performed better than other brand’s magne traction (from my humble perspective). As previously mentionded, even though I was feeling a lot of vibration under my feet going fast, this board held its edge even through early-somewhat icy morning groomers. This one could do well in the pipe.
Flex: It felt right in the middle for me, but I usually ride mid-stiff to stiff boards. This one felt super easy to butter and playful due to its flex.
Switch: I don’t ride switch that much, but it seems doable.
Jibbing: For the right Jibber, this board could lots of fun. Im not strong at buttering but this board made it easier.
Pipe: This could be a good board for the directional pipe rider
Jumps: Amazing pop, I’d say just as good as the Flight Attendant. This board likes to be in the up in the air at any given chance, and it’s so much fun popping from little hitters and traverses.
Conclusion: I feel like I would like this board better if I got the 159. Saying that, I wish the 155 was stiffer. This one is more for the playful freerider or aggressive freestyler, than for for those who like to go fast and aggressive in the backcountry. A fun board for groomer days, but personally this would not be my choice for deep powder days.
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