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.
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 it’s 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.