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Riders Choice

C2 BTX Rider Designed Freestyle

SIZES 151.5 154.5 157.5 161.5 158W 162W 166W

Bases come in random colorways

  • 2015 TransWorld Snowboarding – Good Wood

$559.95 USD

$569.95 CAD

€559.95 EUR incl. VAT

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Pros know snowboarders are asymmetrical from front to back, and turn mechanics are vastly different from toe side to heel side. Crepel, Warbington, Blake Paul and the Weird Science Team at Gnu have incorporated 4 unique balancing design concepts that harmonize and harness our natural bio-mechanics, and built them into the award winning riders choice.

Points of Pickle

  • Deeper Heel Side Sidecut
  • Asymmetric “Pickle Barrel” Core, Softer Heel Side Flex
  • Asymmetric Contact Angles, Shorter Heel Side Edge Contact
  • Asymmetric Tip and Tail Shapes

C2 Banana camber combo geometries provide confidence building end-to-end stability, pop and control at critical moments, Banana tech provides incredible float in pow and limitless catch free freestyle progression. Your jib board is your pow board and your pow board is your park board!

Art by Tim Karpinski

Weird Science

  • C2 BTX

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    Rocker between your feet combined with radial cambers out to the contact. Freestyle freedom and carving of rocker between the feet for a more aggressive ride.

  • Magne-Traction

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    Serrated edges on your board give great edge hold all over the mountain especially on hard pack and ice!

  • Twin

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    Twin all terrain freestyle/freeride.

  • Construction

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    Every Gnu snowboard is handbuilt in the U.S.A by weirdos with jobs. Keep riding snowboards built by snowboarders.

  • A.S.S. Tech

    Asymmetric Symmetric Synchronization, uses asymmetry in the boards sidecut, wood core components, contact angles and tip and tail design to make riding a whole lot easier.

  • Asym Core: 3

    Pickle Barrel Blend. Great Lakes Aspen, Rocky Mountain Aspen and Columbian Gold adds Polonia (extremely renewable, ultra-lightweight wood) to the heel side edge for a softer heel side flex.

  • UHMW Sidewalls

    Ultra High Molecular Weight exterior sidewalls made from soy-based elastomer are laminated to five internal wood layers for totally bombproof sidewalls.

  • Sintered Base

    Compression hardened amorphous UHMW skived from the billet to create the toughest, fastest, best wax holding base material around. Slides best and fastest when waxed regularly to match local snow conditions.

Sizing Information

Contact 116

Side Cut 8/7.6

Nose Width 28.5

Waist Width 24.5

Tail Width 28.5

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 5

Weight Range 100-170 +

Contact 118

Side Cut 8.1/7.7

Nose Width 28.8

Waist Width 24.8

Tail Width 28.8

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 5.5

Weight Range 120-200 +

Contact 120

Side Cut 8.2/7.8

Nose Width 29.2

Waist Width 25.3

Tail Width 29.2

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 6

Weight Range 130-210 +

Contact 120

Side Cut 8.2/7.8

Nose Width 31.1

Waist Width 26.8

Tail Width 31.1

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 6

Weight Range 130-220 +

Contact 122.5

Side Cut 8.4/8

Nose Width 29.5

Waist Width 25.4

Tail Width 29.5

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 7

Weight Range 140-240 +

Contact 122.5

Side Cut 8.4/8

Nose Width 31.2

Waist Width 26.8

Tail Width 31.2

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 6.5

Weight Range 140-250 +

Contact 125

Side Cut 8.5/8.1

Nose Width 31.3

Waist Width 26.8

Tail Width 31.3

Min-Max / Set Back
20.25" - 25" / 0"

Flex 7

Weight Range 150-280 +

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  • Fexs

    Is this board for regular and goofy riders?

  • Ryan

    Yes but you keep your heels the same side so you would use the other side of the board as your front

  • Gnu

    Hey Fexs,
    The board is a true twin with an asymmetrical sidecut, so as long as you have your heels on the designated heel edge the board can be ridden in either direction.

  • Kevin Zacher

    So basically this board will float in pow and hold an edge at the resort on the courderoy or hard pack?

  • SK

    I’m riding an old riders choice 154.5, the first year with mag and i’m thinking about upgrading. I’m a size 9.5 boot and about 165lb. I spend my time at Mountain Creek in the park and slashing around. I get a few trips in to VT every year but don’t see a lot of deeper stuff. Should I go 151.5 or 154.5?

  • Skelzie

    How do you determine the heel edge? I have a 2013 Riders Choice and I didn’t know there is a designated heel edge.

  • brainbrian

    Not sure on your exact graphic / year but if it’s the graphic with axes from last year the heel edge is labeled. If it’s the model year prior, the denim version is pickled and has a specific heel edge. If it’s the leather graphic it is not pickled and can be ridden either direction.

  • brainbrian

    yes, quiver killer. fun in the park. fun in pow.

  • John Glenna Bodsberg

    Not sure if i should go for the Gnu riders choice or the burton custom twin, help plz :)

  • Gnu

    Our asymmetrical Pickle Tech makes whatever you do on the hill feel more intuitive because it matches your body’s natural asymmetry. Our C2 camber/banana blend is the perfect fusion of fun and aggressive and will give you stability at high speeds, playfulness when you want it, and float in deep snow. Magnetraction will give you superior edge hold to any other board, even if you detune your edges! Are boards are also built right here in the USA, like they have been since the 1970’s, by real living snowboarders. And they’re eco-friendly!

    So in a nutshell: it is more fun, more innovative, and built with more love than any other board on the planet!

  • John Glenna Bodsberg

    Thank you for the reply. What type of binding do you recommend? I am 180cm and is around 75kg. I ride all around, most park riding tho. Gnu binding ofc, but not sure witch one.

  • Vasilios

    I’m between a skunk ape or the riders choice, I’m 6’4″ 215lbs size 13 boot. Which one do you recommend, it seems as if the tech is very similar

  • Galen

    I’m a size 13 too. I’ve ridden both. Two totally different rides in the way they turn. The Skunk Ape, though marketed toward the big guy, is not as well suited for the big foot, as the Riders Choice is. The Skunk Ape has a much shallower side cut, waist is wide, tips aren’t. Wants to make long radius turns, excels at pinning it. Not as good for super layed over tight radius carving. Where as the Riders Choice has both a wide waist and wider tips. The deeper side cut seems to feel more ajile, and will hold a tight turn while carving on edge.
    One is a directional twin, one is a true twin.
    Both are super stable and high performing decks for hefty dudes.
    Both are kind of on the stiff side of med/stiff, but are incredibly forgiving
    Both will crush it from pipe/park to steep and scary.

    It just depends on your riding/turning style.
    Deeper side cut vs shallower side cut.

    I prefer to eliminate as much toe and heel hang as possible at every opportunity, so I prefer the Riders Choice.

    I know they make the “ultra wide” Skunk Ape now. Crazy wide for size 14-15 dudes. Very cool, but I wish Mervin would hit the mark right in between and crank out some decks for us size 13 guys with waist widths of 27.5 cm, in standard lengths. Wide does not have to be long.

  • Trevor

    Hi Vasillos
    It really depends on what type of terrain you ride.
    If you ride steep and deep go Skunk Ape, if you ride more groomers, park go Riders Choice.
    I ride both and have the same build as you just a bit heavier at 240lbs.

  • Viv

    Hey there, I’m 6″2 (189 cm) and around 78 kg/170 lbs. Not sure what size would be ideal. I’m consider either this or the TRS or the TRS HP. Any recommendations for what size for either of these? Also, what kind of bindings? Thinking about stiff Burton Cartels but thinking about a bit more medium flex as I like to hit boxes and rails once in a while although I’m mostly all mountain and park (and looking to move to pow soon). Also any recommendations for boot flex would be swell. Cheers!