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Gnu Zoid 2015-2018 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Alternative Freeride
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10
Manufactured in USA by Mervin
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Base Glide
Carving Average
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Poor
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Hard Snow

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Gnu Zoid 2018 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Gnu Zoid Snowboard is a rather unique board because it’s got a directional asymmetrical shape to it.  Yep, that means they make boards specifically for regular riders and goofy riders. Not much changed over the years since we first rode this board.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: 158
Days:  1
Conditions:  Pretty soft new CO snow with some powder in the trees and only a few icy patches.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo,
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Fiend LTD, Salomon F3.0
Bindings: Burton Genesis

Set Up: Set back 23″ wide 15 front -6 back

Approximate Weight: Felt normal.

On Snow Feel: Felt pretty loose between the feet but it’s got a similar ride and feel to the Gnu Space Out except for the directional asymmetrical sidecut and bigger setback. It has no problem with groomers but doesn’t shine there as much as it does in powder.  If you are over the camber in the back foot it’s not bad flat basing and it’s ok one footing off the chair but it can feel loose.  It’s all about surfing the mountain and Peter and I really liked this feel as surfers.

Turn Initiation:  Very quick and easy turning and if reminded

Flex: Nice medium flex that is fine on a tail butter or nose press.  Feels playful.

Edge Hold: Feels like it’s ok in the little hard patches we hit but not really a board for those who see hard to icy snow.

Powder: Ok this has a 2″ set back and a tapered directional shape so it’s really a powder board first and a surfy slashy freeride board second.

Carving: Not that bad but you really have to be over the camber in the back foot to make this carve better.  It’s only a little tapered so it doesn’t wash too much.  It’s more just the tip and tail being lifted that make it a little washy but it’s still a fun surfy carve.

Speed: Look you can bomb with this board once you get used to it but it’s not going to give you that super stable feeling.  It’s a little loose between the feet on groomers and a little tiny bit chattery.  However, it can bomb no problem in powder.

Uneven Terrain: Very easy in uneven terrain and we all had no problem going over sloppy groomers or negotiating bumbs.

Switch: Nah…

Jumps: there is good pop off the tail and from the center of the board and you can ollie no problem. Not really for lapping the park though.

Jibbing: It’s not really for jibbing.  We didn’t take it to the jibs though.

Pipe: Not really a pipe board either but you could slash under the coping like it’s a wave.

So all in all the Zoid is a fun, really set back floaty powder board that is also a decent groomer board for those that live for powder like to treat the mountain like they are surfing but also know they are not always going to have deep powder.

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Gnu Zoid User Reviews

Gnu Zoid 2015-2018 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

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Feb 18, 2019 by Brad Foster
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride, carver, glades, straight air • 
Days You Ride A Year: 12ish • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11", 175lb, 10 

Amazingly high speed stable, long heavy carver. Slices through choppy stuff very well, great on smooth groomers. Long turning radius gives big long carves. Not a tight, nimble carver, but worth it for the high speed open blacks. Surprisingly stable jumper on both natural features and large park hits. I never ride switch or spin so this is perfect for me. Very fun, playful, surfy pow board. Nice float and deep hard slashes. Still nice in the rolling glades, but it's a bit of work to throw around quickly. Awsome ride for higher intensity resort shredding. Amazing high speed carver.

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Mar 10, 2016 by Devon McBride
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Pow, trees, repeat. • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'1 180lbs size 10.5 boot 

There is no more snowboarding for me...only Zoiding.
Possibly the most fun I have had on a snowboard in 20+ years. This thing is an all around weapon. It carves really well (I would also give this an excellent rating), floats in pow and is extremely quick edge to edge..which makes it a super fun tree riding board.
I own 3 other lib/gnu boards and they havent seen much snow this year. This thing is just too much fun.

Wow such a fun board

Nov 29, 2015 by Mark
Ability Level: High • 
Riding Style: All mountain freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: So much as possible (35-60) • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 179cm 83kg size 10 

This was very refreshing! Amazing carving snowboard I mean wow! It really deserves a excellent in that category if you ask me.

Rode it for 4 days preseason and it was such fun. I was smiling all the time a VERY surfy feel.
I tried it on a couple of jumps as well and i would say that its ok there but nothing special.
Perfect board if you have a more aggressive snowboard like Libtech TRS, Slash ATV or a Custom X and want to surf for a day or two. This board would be sick in pow aswell iam certain of it! Perfect grip on ice like all magnetraction boards. Try this board just try it, if you like surfing and skateboarding you will love this snowboard. A very nice board if you are on a longer trip riding everyday and are feeling tired in your legs, then you can choose this board is very easy to ride you won't be tired from riding this carver.

5.0 5.0 4 4 Amazingly high speed stable, long heavy carver. Slices through choppy stuff very well, great on smooth groomers. Long turning radius gives big long carves. Not a tight, nimble carv Gnu Zoid 2015-2018 Snowboard Review

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