Board: 2017 GNU HeadSpace
Type: Freestyle – Asymmetrical True Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber dominant profile with rocker between the bindings (GNU C3 camber profile)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Whistler Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Conditions: Firm and crispy well-groomed snow, icy in spots
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The GNU Headspace is an amazingly well rounded freestyle specific snowboard. It combines 3 pieces of tech that I love, in a way that no other boards on the market are currently delivering: A camber dominant profile, an asymmetrical sidecut, and additional contact points in the form of Magne Traction for edge hold on ice (asymmetrical means the heel side has a deeper sidecut and will carve better on your heels than a standard twin snowboard). This is a playful board that performs on rails, on jumps, and while carving in all conditions.
Carving & Edge Hold: The sidecut on this board is fairly aggressive, and asymmetrical; this allows for hard arcing turns on both your heel and toe edge. Combine that with insane edge hold from the Magne Traction and you can pretty much carve as hard as you want in all conditions at slow to moderate speeds. The flex is somewhat soft and can limit the aggressiveness of your carving with the additional momentum created at high speeds. Overall this snowboard carves very well and with above average edge hold.
Flex: Consistent and predictable flex throughout the entire length of the snowboard, I would say just on the softer side of medium around a 4 out of 10. GNU found a good balance in flexibility for this board so it’s soft enough for nice presses and butters but not too soft for carving and jumps.
Stability: Pretty average stability for a park snowboard, it’s going to provide solid support in most situations and doesn’t create much chatter at speed. Overall the snowboard does have a playful feel, and it is possible to find the limits of the board if you try.
Butters: The Headspace is a great board for playing around with butter tricks. The softer flex and rocker between your feet make it easy to get into the trick, and the camber provides some nice pop on your way out. You can get into some really nice looking presses with minimal effort on this snowboard.
Jibbing: I think the reason GNU used rocker between the feet rather than go full traditional camber was for jibbing. The rocker provides a reassuring catch-free feel when sliding sideways and creates noticeable flex zones to balance on when pressing. This board is equipped for everything ranging from technical pressed out tricks to gapping onto rails in the big park.
Jumps: You can feel confident the Headspace is going to stay stable under your feet on jumps in the small to medium range. While it can hang on larger jumps too, you’ll want to focus more on keeping your weight centered on landings to avoid overwhelming the stability in the tips and washing out.
Pop/Snap: Above average pop for a park snowboard that is this flexible. Whether you want some extra boost to make sure you’ll make it to the landing or just want to ollie something in your path, this board will deliver. Being able to hold tension and create solid pop is something that stood out for me on this one.
Recommendations: This is the board for the park rider who wants it all. The GNU Headspace is a board that thrives in the park but is also very capable when exploring and ripping turns in icy conditions. I would recommend this board to intermediate riders and up, if you are comfortable on blues you are capable of handling this snowboard well.
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