|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Mervin|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Gnu NuZoid Snowboard (Men's)
Gnu Nuzoid 2020 Review by The Good Ride
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Summary 0:25, Sizing 0:53, Camber 1:47, Flex 2:30, Speed/Uneven Terrain 3:36, Edge Hold 4:43, Turning 5:56, Powder 6:53, Switch/Park 7:11, Conclusion 7:40
Swipe Right: Buttery and Playful. Excellent Edge Hold. Not a typical more aggressive freeride board. Directional Asymmetrical Shape
Swipe Left: Not a typical aggressive Freeride board. It can feel loose (auto spins) in harder snow when one footing or flat basing in medium to hard snow. Make sure you buy a board that matches your regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward) stance set up.
The Gnu Nuzoid grips well but can feel loose/auto spinny in harder snow. It has a playful mountain freestyle feel in a directional asymmetrical forgiving freeride shape. It’s not what you get to go out and take on the mountain like you do with most aggressive freeride boards though.
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Gnu Nuziod 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We had a few laps at a demo.
Conditions: Pretty hard to pretty good sunny mid-winter snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Tactical Lexicon
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Set-Up: 21.5”, 18 front +3 back. Close to Reference.
Feels pretty normal for a board this size.
155 : 9-11 ish US boots depending on boot footprint size and pretty good with most weights.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The directional asymmetrical shape of the Gnu Nuzoid is pretty unique and it offers different sidecuts to match the angles of of your boots on the board. One is shorter and deeper and one is longer and shallower. Unlike an Asym Twin, setting it up 18 front and +3 back seemed to match up pretty well. It tracked pretty well and we didn’t feel like we were on two sidecuts. That typical hybrid rocker feel comes out that is loose between the feet one footing and flat basing. The way it wanted to auto spin like most C2 boards we tried when the snow is medium to hard. In softer snow it will feel pretty stable. Conversly, it is very forgiving, skids turns really easy, and just about anyone can ride this.
Gnu makes very poppy boards and there is a lot of energy out of this ride. There is very easily accessible ollie power that we all liked. It also is a very easy board to butter.
The chatter can come up with the Gnu Nuzoid and flop around a good bit in the tip/tail. It isn’t a bomber by any means.
You can ride the Gnu Nuzoid all day and it doesn’t pass the chatter up into your joints. That being said it isn’t for those that like to power over chunder at super high speeds.
Really strong edge hold. Other than that loose feeling when not on your edge, The Gnu Nuzoid grips really well in just about any snow you want to ride.
For a board this wide the Gnu Nuzoid turns pretty quickly. For Peter and I with 8.5 and 9 US boots it was medium but for Zobel and Jimbo with 11 to 11.5 boots it was fast.
The hybrid rocker of the Gnu Nuzoid is a little lengthened out compared to regular C2 and it’s not bad on a carve. It just doesn’t give that powerful springy drive from turn to turn like most C3 profiles do. It hurries you up through the best part of the turn. Still with a little more back foot weight on a carve it will not wash in the tail.
All signs point to the Gnu Nuzoid being a competent powder ride. The taper, a good set back and a nose/tail that stick up off the snow because of the rocker in the middle.
Even with our pretty directional stance angles the Gnu Nuzoid did well. It was easy to get used to and did way better than we would have thought.
The way the Gnu Nuzoid tracks into the small jumps we hit was nice and easy. It didn’t feel too hookey or off for getting air.
All in all, the Gnu Nuzoid is a fun mid-wideish ride that has a playful freestyle feel for such a tapered directional asym ride. It’s not for everyone but some will really get off on it.
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