Board: 2016 GNU Space Case
Type: All Mountain Freestyle Twin
Camber Option: Hybrid Camber – heavy rocker between bindings going into “elliptical camber” underfoot and out to the tips. This camber shape gets more mellow as you approach the tips.
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Conditions: Firm crispy/icy snow in the morning getting softer and better with each lap
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: Winning High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s campers choice award and being the weapon of choice for team rider Forest Bailey, I was pretty excited to test this one out; and it didn’t disappoint. The Space Case is very fun in the park, and has a few tricks up its sleeve to help slay the entire mountain including an asymmetrical side cut and Magne Traction.
Carving: Riding this board only further solidifies my liking for asymmetrical side cuts, they really do allow you to carve much more aggressively on your heel side. The Space Case was a solid carver, especially for being predominantly reverse camber.
Edge Hold: Mini Magne Traction is a critical element in the Space Case, and provides a ton of edge hold on this board. We had really icy conditions in the morning for this test and it still carved well, it was perfect conditions for being able to feel your weight focus on the contact points added in the side cut.
Flex: Middle of the road park board kind of flex that gets more playful in the tips.
Stability: Great stability considering how aggressive the rocker is between the bindings. It’s more stable than some other boards with similar profiles, and can keep up when pushing it outside the park. It has a good amount of stability to give on jumps, as well as at high speeds.
Butters: This thing is so fun to butter with. Its got great flex zones that create tall, stylish presses with ease; and its got enough snap to spring you up and out when you’re done. It also has a nice catch-free feel as you're sliding and spinning around on the snow.
Jibbing: Another area the Space Case shines. This board just naturally feels good on rails, from locking in, popping up and over, to sliding sideways there weren’t any moments I felt I had to compensate for anything. It locks into presses easily as well.
Jumps: This board is really solid on small to medium sized jumps; it’s got stability to back you up in that range. It feels good from takeoff through landing.
Pop/Snap: There is always a compromise in pop when you go rocker, but the Space Case had the goods to get the job done when it came down to it. You can get decent pop out of this guy if you work for it.
Switch: No noticeable difference regular or switch.
Recommendations: The Space Case creates a happy medium between a playful park snowboard and an all mountain ripper. If you’re in the market for a rocker, do it all kind of board that can lock into a press like it’s nobody’s business, then the GNU Space Case may be a good choice for you. The asymmetrical side cut is pretty great, too.
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