Expert Review: GNU Riders Choice
This review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested in March 2020.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested in March 2020.
I LOVED the GNU Riders Choice Snowboard. This board is geared towards intermediate to advanced riders looking for an all-mountain board that can handle any terrain. I enjoyed this board so much that it will be getting added to my quiver next season!
About the gear
- Model: 2022 GNU Riders Choice
- Size: 154.5cm
- Height: 5’3”
- Weight: 138 lbs
- Experience: 21 years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: March 2020
- Days tested: 1
- Mount position: Regular Rider
- Boots: Vans Ferra Pro Women’s Snowboard Boots
- Boot Size: 7
- Bindings: Women’s Burton Lexa
- Where I’ve used it: Keystone Resort, Colorado
- Terrain: Groomers, trees
How it performs
What I was looking for
I didn’t have a ton of expectations for this board besides the fact that people love riding it. I have ridden the female version of this board, the GNU Ladies Choice, and loved it so I had a feeling I was going to love this one as well. I was super excited to test ride this board and even though the size was big for me, I still had a blast ripping it.
Why I chose this gear
I really wanted to test ride this board because I have heard great things about it and people love it and I can see why. This board can handle any terrain and is made for all-mountain rippers like myself.
I was stoked to test this board because I am in the market for a new quiver killer for those days where I want to play everywhere and anywhere without switching boards during the day. I am looking for a board that can handle park laps, can also go find cliffs and rips trees, but also is a board that can have fun getting to those places – this board is exactly that and will be getting added to the quiver.
What I love about it
- Speed: I had no issue with cruising at higher speeds on this board. I was in full control and didn’t feel any chatter.
- Edge hold: I had great edge hold on this board and could really lay into my turns which is always a great feeling.
- Turns: The GNU Riders Choice really shines when it comes to railing turns, the asymmetrical sidecuts let me turn with minimal effort. Was able to get from edge to edge very smoothly
- Groomers: I had a lot of fun just cruising the groomers and playing around.
- Trees: I only dipped into the trees for a little but I was able to move through the trees effortlessly. Being able to get from edge to edge quickly is a huge bonus when ripping tree lines.
- Moguls: If moguls are where you like to ride, I think this board would do just fine crushing them out because this board is pretty stable while riding and is a medium flex. Whether I want to jump over the moguls or quickly maneuver through them, this board will have my back.
- Park: I didn’t take this board in the park due to the size I was riding (it was larger than my usual size), but this board is ready to rip the small-large line. This board is a hybrid-rocker-camber that provides stability, pop, and flex, which is great for park riding.
- Backcountry: I haven’t taken this board off resort, but living in Vail, I would totally rip this board out of our gates at the resort. This board has great stability and can float in pow. While I was riding it, I was able to quickly get from edge to edge so I know I feel comfortable taking it out in the sidecountry.
- Durability: I only got to test ride it for a few runs but GNU makes some great boards. With GNU riders in mind in the making of this board, I think the GNU Riders Choice was made for strong powerful riders.
- Switch riding: The GNU Riders Choice is an asymmetrical, true twin so switch riding is a breeze on this bad boy.
- Stability: This board was made with park riding in mind, and as a result, has some great pop. I did not feel any chatter under my feet when I took it out for a few laps.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: I wouldn’t buy this board if I was going to just use it for deep pow days but anything around 6 inches or so of fresh snow is no problem. I would not recommend this for powder because there are specific powder boards. For those looking for a board that can handle deep pow, I would recommend looking at a board that is designed for pow.
- Weight: I was riding a bigger board so it felt pretty heavy to me while I was skating, spinning, on the chair, and getting the board off the ground but it is most likely only because the board was bigger than what I usually ride.
Favorite moment with this gear
I really enjoyed cruising on this board. I only got to test ride a 154.5, which is pretty big for me but even with a big board I still had a lot of fun. I felt super stable and I could really lay into my carves and get from edge to edge quickly. I love carving so having a board that can keep up with my carves is always a great feeling
Value for the money vs. other options
The GNU Riders Choice 2022 is going for $949.99 new and that is pretty pricey but this board is built to last and take me on great adventures on resorts and off resorts. Having a board that can perform in all settings is a huge win for me. Other comparable options are the Never Summer Proto Synthesis Drag Free 2022, or the Men's Burton Custom Flying V Snowboard 2022.
The GNU Riders Choice is made for riders who don’t want to be held back by their board. It is made for riders looking to rip everywhere and anywhere all day long and is best suited for intermediate to advanced riders.
If you want to see this board in action, check out the video below by our Curated experts for more information.