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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

$447.96 USD (20% off)

$569.95 CAD

$455.96 CAD (20% off)

€559.95 EUR incl. VAT

€447.96 EUR incl. VAT (20% off)

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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

    Twin Icon

    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 +

  • jj

    Do u know how much this is or was worth

  • jj

    And I’m also looking to sell it where would a good outlet be to get rid of a snowboard

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Last year it was sold at $399.95–you can find what they’re going for now by calling around to local shops or doing some google research. As for selling it, probably craigslist, ebay, or word of mouth.

  • J.P

    Hey guys, can someone help me out.I just picked up a 158w black denim riders choice. I ride goofy but can’t figure out what side is the heel side cut on the board they both look pretty even. I’ve read that one of the edges are meant for heels. Here’s a picture of the board
    thanks for the help

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hey JP,
    I think this board is from our 12/13 season, and we also made it in a blue denim graphic.
    I believe the blue version has a designated heel edge (indicated by arrows next to the binding inserts), as far as I know this black version is a true, 100% symmetrical, non-pickle twin.

    If there are no arrows saying “heels here” it does not have a heel-specific edge.

  • http://www.aol.com phil

    which lib tech board is closest to the riders choice?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    The most similar will be the TRS

  • Roderick


    I’m considering a riders choice or a smart pickle. I ride mainly piste, with some tricks. And occasionaly some powder.

    Which board do you recommend? And what size? I’m 6′ / 165 lbs.


  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Either board will meet your needs!
    The Riders Choice will be more powerful and aggressive, and the Smart Pickle will feel more playful and forgiving.

  • Alex

    I was interested in the riders choice but not quite sure what I should do for sizing. I’m 5’11” 210lbs and wear size 11 boot. Do I need to concern myself with wide sizing? Which length do you think will be most suitable for me?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Alex,
    Size 11 boots are generally okay with a standard width board, but if you have a snowboard already, you may want to see what the waist measurements are and use it to compare and guide you!
    As for length, you’ll be most satisfied with the 157.5 or the 161.5–smaller boards feel more nimble, but can be squirrely at higher speeds and bigger boards will be more stable, but take more effort to maneuver.

    If you’re spending time in the park or jibbing around and want a more playful ride, go for the 157.5
    If you like going fast, riding powder and need something for maximum stability, the 161.5 will be money!

  • E

    That is the wide version with the black denim top. Blue denim was first year with a.s.s. pickle on riders choice and black leather was regular width

  • jereme

    Is the 162w waist to wide for me? Should I go with the 163? I noticed the flex on the 163 is a 7 whereas the 162w has a 6.5 flex. Is the diffrence between them noticeable? is a flex of 7 super aggressive? Please advise. My stats: 6 ft, 245 lbs., size 11 boot.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hey Jereme,
    Size 11 boots are right on the cusp of needing a wide board, so it’s a tough call!
    I definitely don’t think the 162W will be too wide for you; it might take a bit more effort to initiate turns, but the Asymmetrical Pickle Tech will help compensate for some of that and I think that at 245 pounds you might appreciate the extra width of the 162W, it’ll feel more stable than the 161.5

  • biglunk

    Hi, looking at the riders choice to take on a trip, small resort with all natural snow so plently of groomers and pow everyday, not much time spent in the park
    What would you say for a big guy like me – 6’5 and 250lbs with size 14 boots, i’m torn between the 162w or 166w; as its banana people say you can go smaller, but i currently ride a 165w board and thats “small” for me

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    If the 165 feels small for you, I’d probably steer your towards the 166, I think it’ll feel perfect and not small!
    Because of the C2 base contour (camber underfoot, Banana between the feet) and Magne-Traction, this board will handle really well, even in smaller sizes. But the 162W might feel a bit too sqirrely for you, and if you’re not looking for a board to jib and ride park with there really is no need to downsize.

  • stephen

    hi gnu,
    need some help. looking at buying this board soon and wanted a size recommendation. im 5’9 160lbs shoe size 9. would you guys get a 157.5 or the 154.5. Im a cruiser who goes fast all over the mtn and want to start doing some tricks. my previous board was a burton blunt 158 from 2-3 years ago. thanks any help would be appreciated.

  • Gerald

    I’m between the GNU Riders Choice and the Lib Tech TRS. I am an intermediate rider that can comfortably link skidded turns on blues and easy blacks and am starting to carve. I want to get into jumps and freestyling on groomers and some park as well, but will primarily be doing runs and groomers on the mountain. I’ve been using the Carbon Credit, but am looking for a long-term upgrade. Which board do you recommend? I’ve heard the Riders Choice is better for park, whereas the TRS is better for speed. Is this true? Also, is the XC2 of the TRS noticeably less forgiving than the C2 of the Riders Choice? Thanks!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    If your 158 felt like a good size for you, stick with something similar and go for the 157.5–you probably won’t even notice the .5cm difference. However, if the 158 felt kind of cumbersome, you will probably be more satisfied with the 154.5, as it will be a more nimble and maneuverable board.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Gerald,
    You’ll honestly love either board–they’ve got their own unique technologies and specs, so they will feel different, but they are VERY similar.

    The unique qualties of the TRS are going to be the XC2, basalt fibers, and TNT base. The XC2 will feel a bit more aggressive and responsive than the C2 of the Riders Choice. The basalt fibers will feel extremely lively, light and snappy. The TNT base requires less maintenance than a sintered base, but it will not absorb wax quite as well.

    The Riders Choice has our Smart ASS Pickle Tech, which makes turning and spinning feel more natural and intuitive because of increased sidecut, flex, Magne-traction and effective edge length on the heelside. it also has a sintered base, which will absorb wax better.