Board: 2017 GNU Nicolas Müllair
Type: Freestyle/Freeride and Powder - Directional
Camber Option: Hybrid – Regular Camber Dominant with Rocker between feet (C3 profile from GNU)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Conditions: 10 inches of new snow overnight, deep powder everywhere you look.
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -12° binding angles
Highlights: Coming in hot with a slight taper and set back stance for float, Magne Traction for grip, and a sintered base for speed, the GNU Müllair is a high performance snowboard that’s capable in every snow condition from icy groomers to deep powder. At first glance you can tell this is a board that will float well, but it is also just as fun charging groomers and carving with speed. The fact that this is Nicolas Müller’s pro model snowboard is pretty sweet in itself, too.
Powder: The set back stance creates a long nose and shorter tail, naturally setting the board up nicely to float in powder; while a mild taper gives you a wider nose and also helps to provide more float. This is the type of board that gives you effortless float allowing you to ride powder with your weight distributed evenly on both legs and greatly extending ride time before you start to feel the burn in your back leg. You aren’t going to struggle to get the Müllair to stay ontop of the snow, but it does still have some tail and won’t float quite like a true powder specific board like the Burton Fish.
Carving & Edge Hold: This is the standout area on this snowboard outside of its insane float in powder. The side cut is aggressive and ready to throw you into tight and hard arcing turns, while Magne Traction added in the side cut provides the grip you need to power all the way through your carves. There is a precise and locked in feeling when carving on groomed snow, you are going to be hard pressed to find the limits and overpower this snowboard. If I had to summarize the carving experience on this board in one word it would be: Powerful.
Flex: I would say the flex is on the stiffer side of medium, right around a 6 or even a 7 out of 10. The flex feels slightly directional, although I think the shorter tail contributes to making the tail feel stiffer. This board is just a bit softer than the Jones Flagship.
Stability: The GNU Müllair will give you above average stability on groomed snow and in powder. On groomers this board is able to hum along at high speeds with full control and no chatter, and is powerful enough to smash deep powder and not get overpowered by the snow. I also found good stability on landings in soft and on packed snow.
Butters: You can get butters on the nose, but this board is a bit stiff for buttering on hard pack. However, there is one butter trick that this board can deliver like no other – the nose butter in deep powder. If you’re wondering what I mean, you should google “Nicolas Müller Nose Butter” right now!
Jumps: This isn’t going to be the best board on park jumps, but on natural features the Müllair is next level. When landing in powder you can land with your weight centered and not fear tipping over the nose into a tomahawk. I sent this board big both into deep powder and into somewhat packed down landings, and I would say the limiting factor here is going to be your legs not the snowboard.
Switch: This board has a significant directional feel to it and I would recommend riding primarily in the intended direction. In powder it can still get around switch if you need to maneuver yourself into a better position, but it wouldn’t work well with speed. On hard pack it does have a different feeling when carving switch.
Recommendations: The GNU Nicolas Müllair snowboard is a top contender for the freerider looking for a powerful carving board that also floats easily in powder. Capable of charging variable terrain with superior grip and floating with ease in bottomless powder, this is a versatile snowboard that any experienced rider would enjoy. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
Comparable Boards: Jones Flagship, K2 Eighty Seven, Rossignol One Mag
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