Gnu Beauty Women’s Splitboard Review

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 in Boards, Product Reviews
Gnu Beauty Women’s Splitboard Review

 

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Setup: 2016 Gnu Beauty splitboard, ridden with Sparks bindings
Best Use: Backcountry
Highlight: Semi-traditional camber with lots of float
Cost: $699
Rider Profile: 5’7”, 135 lbs, Size 9.5 boot
Score: 8 / 10

 

Stoked About

The board has a nice big nose and floats really well in powder. The Beauty also has a lot of pop without being too stiff.

Needs Improvement

Although listed as a “camber, rocker, camber” board, to me it rides more like a traditional full camber board. Terrifying to ride on ice/hardpack.

 

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Review

Most splitboards I’ve ridden have been somewhat lifeless and, while still being fun (because you’re out in the backcountry and have the mountain to yourself, what’s not fun about that?!), have left a lot to be desired. Getting on the Beauty for the first time was like a breath of fresh air. She has a snappy transition between edges making for a fun and responsive ride. This board is described as having a “camber, rocker, camber” profile with a moderate flex. I’d say that it rides pretty true to that description other than on hardpack surfaces where it felt more like a traditional cambered board, with a setback stance and big nose. The moderate flex allows the board to be stiff enough to charge a line but fun and flexy for when you’re feeling more playful.

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Most of the riding I’ve done with this board has been in the Northwest where big floaty noses are king in the heavy powder. This board definitely fits that need. The one downside to this board is that it sucks to ride on ice. Like many splitboards, it feels torsionally week when on ice and/or hardpack. The board comes with Karakoram clips which help make it a little bit more stable, which is nice, but the torsional weakness in combination with the magnitaction edges makes the board feel unstable and sketchy when conditional start to solidify.

Overall I’ve been really happy with this board. My mens Spark R&D bindings have been a great addition to the setup. If you’re looking for something that rides well in powder but still has enough flex to butter around, this is the ride you are looking for.

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