clayton haddenwrote a review of Gnu Street Series BTX Snowboard on January 18, 2011
Wanna press a box to angles previously unknown? How about buttering a nollie on a tractor tire the size of a minatour? Perhaps even a button that boosts speed to prevent the punishing pain of landing on a knuckle? Well this board has two out of the three I just mentioned, and while it doesnt have the easy button that the office chains do, the sintered (the extruded bases younger and tougher brother) base does give you an edge in speed over the average park and freestyle board. Speaking of edge, add the legendary mongoos-claw-like Magna-Traction (instead of an even elliptical sidecut, it looks kinda like a wiggle worm) to the recipe and one is likely to have no excuse when it comes to snow conditions.
This particular model is uber flexy, and can be detuned a ridiculous amount to eliminate to embarrasing hangups that come from the edge to rail match-up. Did I mention it is a reverse camber board. That translates to less edge catching, and float that could make rootbeer jealous in the powder.
As it is not a perfect world that we live in, there must be a drawback or two to this stick. The biggest and most prevelent that you're likely to run into is the lack of pop due to its lack of camber. There is also a little instability when hitting those larger booters, 50' and up. This is because of the super soft flex. The fellas and skirts over at Gnu thought about this however and made the waist of this board a lil bit bigger to compensate.
Overall, like all mervin boards I have ridden, I say hurrah to the board. Perfect board that can take you anywhere in the park, hell, anywhere on the mountain for that matter. I ride this and a lib-tech and I havent been able to ask anything of this board that it wasn't willing to try from Hidden Valley to The Canyons.