is gnu a good snowboard brand?

Is Gnu a Good Snowboard Brand? [An Instructor’s Opinion]

by Ben

Look around the lift line; you’ll see quite a few snowboards from Gnu. You’ll recognise them by their lavish graphics and interesting shapes. It’s also quite an odd brand name, but is Gnu a good snowboard brand?

The answer is a resounding “yes!”. Gnu is one of the best and oldest snowboard brands, with an excellent reputation for making great snowboards with high performance.

But is Gnu all positive, or are there some hidden secrets? Let’s find out!

An Overview Of Gnu Snowboards

Gnu is part of the Mervin Manufacturing snowboard company, which also makes Lib Tech, Bent Metal Bindings, and Roxy Snowboards, all of which produce fantastic snowboard equipment… so Gnu is in good company.

The company was founded in 1977, which makes it one of the few original snowboard brands that have stood the test of time. Each snowboard is handmade, which significantly contributes to its quality.

Their craftsmanship is among the best in the world, which becomes apparent once you’ve ridden one of these boards, and especially owned it for a while. This is because they feel high quality and have a high level of durability. They also have famously robust bases.

Gnu Snowboard Construction And Tech

As with all Mervin Manufacturing brands, Gnu prides itself on being as eco-friendly as possible. The materials include renewable woods, recycled side walls, bio top sheets, and less polluting resins.

Each board is also put together with ecologically friendly processes, including renewable power sources. Much of the snowboards are recyclable, reducing their environmental impact at the end of their lifespan.

The snowboards also have Magne-Traction, which gives you an excellent level of edge hold from seven strategically located serrations along each edge.

is gnu a good snowboard brand? explaining magna traction
Gnu Magne-Traction Technology

You might also have notice that Gnu snowboards are not symmetrical. This compensates for the differences in our physiology that affect our toe side and heel side turns.

Gnu Asymmetry

Who Should Buy A Gnu Snowboard?

Gnu has many advocates and diehard fans. Many of them return to the brand whenever they need a new snowboard. The technology discussed above makes these snowboards lots of fun to ride.

They all perform exceptionally well, whether you choose a freeride, park, or all-mountain slayer.

Another thing that makes Gnu stand out from many other snowboard brands is its excellent customer service. Their sales reps are incredibly knowledgeable. They will ensure you get the right board for you and efficiently deal with any problems.

Overall, this means that most rider’s will enjoy a Gnu snowboard. It’s all just a matter of preference!

The Pros and Cons Of Gnu Snowboards

  • High-end build quality
  • Fast and durable bases
  • One of the more eco-friendly brands
  • Cool (crazy) graphics
  • Excellent edge hold tech
  • The boards are not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for
  • Can be heavier than other brands

What's The Best Gnu Snowboard?

Obviously this depends on where you plan to ride. But of all of the Gnu snowboards I’ve ridden – the best all-mountain snowboard for most riders is The Rider’s Choice

Gnu Rider's Choice

It’s super poppy, holds an edge like a pro and is an excellent all-round ride. It has been refined over the years and has been heavily influenced by rider feedback.

Whilst being perhaps a little advanced for brand new beginners, if you’re willing to put in the work then it will provide an excellent board to progress with.

Where To Buy Gnu Snowboards

These are the best snowboard stores to buy your new Gnu snowboard. 

United States: The House or Evo
Europe: Blue Tomato

A Summary

So… Is Gnu a good snowboard brand?


No matter what kind of rider you are, Gnu has a snowboard for you. It is a highly recommended snowboard brand, thanks to its craftsmanship, reputation and eco-friendliness.

The range of boards includes some exceptional freestyle weapons. However, their freeride and powder snowboards are superb too. If you get the chance to try one of these excellent snowboards, take it! You will not be disappointed.

To compare Gnu to some other options, check out the top snowboarding brands. Happy riding!

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Arthur October 16, 2023 - 4:47 am

Great call. I just got the rider’s choice and it’s epic!

Fraser October 17, 2023 - 10:52 pm

Glad you liked it. Gnu make pretty good snowboards these days!

Ace October 17, 2023 - 8:15 pm

Is the GNU RC the same as the Rider’s Choice?

Fraser October 17, 2023 - 11:01 pm

Close, but the profiles are slightly different. The choice depends on your experience and where you plan on riding. Personally, I prefer the Rider’s choice… If you let me know your ability level, riding style and terrain, I should be able to help.

Darren October 18, 2023 - 4:33 pm

Is the GNU rider’s choice suitable for beginners?

Fraser October 19, 2023 - 6:55 pm

Hmm… probably a little bit too much board to be honest. Unless you have a lot of experience in other board-sports?

Julian October 22, 2023 - 11:12 pm

My Gnu headspace broke on the second week riding! So I was ready to leave a pretty negative review. But Gnu reached out and sorted me a new one within 48-hours which is amazing. Kudos Gnu

Fraser October 24, 2023 - 7:14 pm

Gotta love some great customer service! Glad you’re sorted for the season ahead!

Jordan October 23, 2023 - 7:34 am

I’m excitedd to uncover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!!

I definitely will get a Gnu board now. Do you recommend the Rider’s choice or the RC?

Fraser October 24, 2023 - 7:11 pm

Thanks! I’m a little biased as the Rider’s choice is my all time favorite Gnu board (and pretty up there against other brands too). If you want a high end all mountain shredder then it’s hard to go wrong with the Rider’s choice (unless you’re a complete beginner?). Hope that helps! Fraser


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