Board: GNU Carbon Credit - 2018
Type: Freestyle Twin
Camber Option: Rocker Dominant Hybrid Camber – Rocker between feet, Camber underfoot
Rider Weight/Height: 150 LBS/5’10”
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Firm in the morning quickly changing to soft slush throughout the day
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The GNU Carbon Credit is a great entry-level snowboard that will stand up to your progression as you begin to ride more aggressively. You are going to get loads of great tech in this board compared to other entry-level boards, all packaged at a friendly price point. The Hybrid rocker profile is going to provide a catch free feel and make the board more forgiving all around, while the asymmetrical side cut gives you a more balanced feel for carving. Another huge shout out is the Magne Traction in the sidecut, this is going to provide significant extra grip in slippery situations like trying to turn on ice.
Carving & Edge Hold: You’ll find an easygoing sidecut on this snowboard that’s not very aggressive on the toes and a good bit sharper on the heels. This asymmetrical side cut allows you to turn more sharply on your heels with less effort, balancing the feeling on toe side and heel side carves. I think this is an awesome feature for beginners. I also found the Carbon Credit to have a nice grippy feeling thanks to Magne Traction that was even noticeable in the slush compared with other boards. The board is maneuverable at slow speeds and the limiting factor for carving at speed is going to be the soft flex. Overall the board carves well and provides a nice blend of stability, maneuverability, and forgivingness for learning.
Flex: This board has a soft and maneuverable flex that is also soft torsionally, I would rate this board around a 3/10. This is going to provide easy turn initiation and allow easier control of the snowboard overall.
Stability: By providing a soft, easy to control flex and forgiving rocker profile you lose a bit of stability. This should be a non-issue for the rider in mind as there is plenty of stability available until you start to ride with significant speed (I’m talking when making turns at 25mph and faster becomes the normal). At speed the tips will chatter a bit, and you’ll be able to find the limits of the snowboard. One good thing that comes out of this is a nice dampening effect, absorbing many of the vibrations and shocks from riding through choppy terrain and saving your knees. This will be a solid snowboard through a large part of your progression.
Butters: The Carbon Credit is an awesome choice for butter tricks. The board is easy to ride and has a loose, catch free feeling even cruising flat base. Swiveling around on the snow comes natural on this snowboard. The rocker profile does half the work for you and the soft flex makes getting a tall press easy work.
Park: On rails presses come natural and easy, but you need to stay centered when sliding sideways otherwise the rocker will push you to the tips and flex out. The board has a loose feeling on rails compared to camber, but is able to feel precise and locked in with proper technique. This is good for beginners because you wont have to worry about catching your edge as much; and no, the Magne Traction doesn’t make the board catchy. Stability for big jumps is lacking, but you will be able to have a lot of fun in the small to medium range getting comfortable with getting your board off of the snow and into the air.
Pop/Snap: The Carbon Credit doesn’t have a ton of pop available. This is something that is common in soft flexing, rocker dominant snowboards. The camber underfoot helps, but GNU used their most playful and easy to control camber profile on this snowboard making stability and pop secondary to forgivingness and maneuverability.
Recommendations: The GNU Carbon Credit is a great snowboard for someone looking to upgrade from rental gear and invest in their own setup, or even for your first time snowboarding. The soft flex and rocker dominant profile make this board very forgiving, maneuverable and good for progression. You aren’t going to be catching your edges with this snowboard. The asymmetrical sidecut and Magne Traction provide reliable grip and performance for carving as well. I would recommend this snowboard to beginner riders and up.
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