Price US $599

Gnu Swallow Tail Carver Snowboard Review

Gnu Swallow Tail Carver 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The Gnu Swallow Tail Carver is new this year and a nice take on directional XC2 BTX to give it a tapered forgiving freeride feel.

Size: 157
Days:  1
Conditions: Pretty Hard Pac NW Snow
Riders: James
Boots:  Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Set Back 15 front -3 Back approx 23″ wide

Approximate Weight: Felt normal

On Snow Feel: You could feel the stability of the XC2 BTX but it really feels a lot more like a pure powder board than a powder board that can also handle groomers really well.  It’s a good groomer board but not anywhere close to how I think it would be in powder.

Powder: No powder but you can just tell that with the set back, swallow tail and tapered shape that this will float like a champ.

Turn Initiation and Carving: Very quick and snappy edge to edge.

Speed: Not super fast but fast enough for some good mountain speed.

Uneven Terrain: I was surprised on how much uneven terrain bucked this board around and although I think it will be fine in powdery moguls it wasn’t that fun in harder uneven snow.

Edge Hold: Really mellow edge hold here and maybe the edges were de-tuned but it didn’t hold like other MTX boards I rode that day.

Flex: Nice snappy flex but it still allows you to get a good tail butter or nose press.

The rest doesn’t really matter.

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Riding Style

Freeride

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

USA by Mervin

Shape

Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Hybrid Rocker

Stance

Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Excellent

Carving

Good

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Average

Switch

Poor

Jumps

Good

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Average