Expert Review: GNU Gwo Snowboard · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The GNU Gwo Snowboard is a beginner to intermediate snowboard that has excelled for me in the park and all-mountain terrain. It has a great edge hold for handling the whole mountain.
About the snowboard I own
- Model: 2022 GNU Gwo
- Size: 156cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 175lbs
- Experience: 15 years of snowboarding
- When I bought this: January 2022
- Days tested: 15
- Stance: I have my feet spaced out pretty wide and have them both slightly pointed towards both the nose and tail of the board
- Boots: 2018 ThirtyTwo
- Boot Size: 10.5
- Bindings: 2018 Burton Freestyle Bindings
- Where I’ve used it: Stowe, Mount Snow, Killington, Pico Mountain, VT
- Terrain: From powder to park laps and everything in between
How it performs
What I was looking for
I had recently broken my board and was looking for a board that was lower in price but would handle all-mountain fun. A board that was fairly priced but was still built to work for a more advanced rider.
Why I chose this gear
I chose this board for its combination of price and abilities on the whole mountain. I really liked the simplicity of the board, the technology, and the overall feel (flex, shape, weight). I did consider a few different boards—Nitro Team Snowboard and the Salomon Huck Knife—but ended up going with the Gwo because of the price.
What I love about it
- Speed: This board moves. With its camber-rocker-camber build, it's a good-feeling board when flying down the mountain. There is no edge-catching, and I never experience slowdowns, even in the flats. This board is always buttery smooth. The G1 Eco-Core ensures a light, fast-moving board for any rider willing to give it a try.
- Edge hold: This board has an amazing edge hold. This is because of GNU’s signature edge technology (Magne-traction). The edge of the board looks like a serrated knife with plenty of points of contact, which really enhances my experience with this board. Best edge hold I've ever experienced. This board holds up on all terrains.
- Turns: Very smooth turning on the board. It gracefully carves the entire mountain, no matter the conditions. I feel high-speed turns with my edges ripping through the snow without it slowing me down.
- Groomers: This board performs wonderfully on groomers and handles them like a pro.
- Trees: I love the way this board performs in trees. With its super-reliable edge, this board can make quick, effortless turns to fly through some trails.
- Park: This board performs very well in the park due to its playful, lightweight, softer board feel, medium flex, true twin design, and pop. I highly recommend this board as a freestyle-dominant board.
- Weight: It’s a very lightweight board for the beginner to intermediate skill level, proven by its G1 Eco-Core. I truly enjoy this board's lightweight feel, allowing me to fly down the mountain.
- Switch riding: This board makes it extremely easy for switch riding with its true-twin design. I love the feel of a true twin, and I love going switch, so it's a win-win.
- Stability: This board has great pop, even from the flats, without using any transition or bump. It's got a great spring to it. Extremely playful considering its softer feel, but nothing too crazy where I would consider this board strictly a park board.
Issues I encountered
- Powder: I wouldn't say this is the best board for powder, considering it's a camber-rocker-camber. The board can get the job done, but it's on the softer side, which makes it a little more difficult. I’d rather be on a stiffer, rocker-heavy board that will lift me off the snow and help me really surf through it.
- Backcountry: This board can handle some backcountry, but I wouldn't recommend it because it's a much softer and more playful board. It won't be as responsive as other boards.
- Moguls: It can handle moguls, but with its softer feel, it can make it more difficult to really fly through a pack of moguls.
- Durability: After a few runs through some trees and more backcountry runs, this board was taking a beating. A few chips in the nose and tail and a major gash in the nose. It is a beginner to intermediate board, so it's not going to be as durable as a more expensive, advanced board, but it took some battle scars.
Favorite moment with the board
My favorite moment on this board was taking backflips to the mountains and stomping my first one. It was a truly exhilarating feeling that I won't forget. There's something about thinking of a trick for a long time and finally working oneself up to pulling it.
Value for the money vs. other options
This board might be one of the best boards for the price range and its abilities.
It was so worth it for me and handled everything I presented to it. This was well worth the minor investment to get so much out of it that I had not been able to get out of previous, more expensive boards. One could very well go with a similarly priced board like the Salomon Pulse, which is also an all-mountain board. Although, the difference maker is the technology used in the GNU Gwo board. The edge technology alone made the decision very easy, and I wouldn't have done it any differently.
This is a really good board for any rider with the abilities of upper-level boards for a fraction of the price. This board is truly an all-mountain board that keeps me smiling all day hitting all aspects of the mountain.