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Smart Pickle

BTX Freestyle, Balance Through Asymmetry

SIZES 147 150 153 156 159 153W 156W 159W

Bases come in random colorways

$499.95 USD

$399.96 USD (20% off)

$529.95 CAD

$423.96 CAD (20% off)

€499.95 EUR incl. VAT

€399.96 EUR incl. VAT (20% off)

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The human Body is Asymmetric. Turn mechanics for toe and heel side are completely different. The angle of attack you can achieve on a toe side turn is much steeper than what is possible on a heel side turn because of ankle, knee and hip dynamics. Your toes are like fingers offering much more refined micro managed edge control on a toe side turn. Your heels line up directly under your ankle and legs offering a powerful direct connection to the heel side edge.

Points of Pickle

  • Smart Formula Asymmetric Magne-Traction
  • Deeper Heel Side Sidecut
  • Asymmetric “Pickle Barrel” Core, Softer Heel Side Flex

We have built the Smart Pickle in harmony with nature and around how you activate your snowboard. Think with your Pickle!

Art by Matt French

Weird Science

  • Gnew!

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    New for the 2014/2015 winter season!

  • BTX

    BTX Icon

    Rocker between your feet combined with flat to mild cambers out to the contact. Easy riding and turning, great jibbing and epic float in pow.

  • Smart Magne-Traction

    Smart Magne-Traction Icon

    A special asymmetric Magne-Traction, Finesse Serration (toe side) a Power Serration (heel side), has been fine tuned for greater harmony with nature and snowboarding!

  • Twin

    Twin Icon

    Twin all terrain freestyle/freeride.

  • Construction

    Construction Icon

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

  • Asym Core: 1

    Pickle Barrel Blend. Great Lakes 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 108

Side Cut 8 / 7.2

Nose Width 28.1

Waist Width 24.6

Tail Width 28.1

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

Flex 5.5

Weight Range 70-150 +

Contact 111

Side Cut 8.1 / 7.3

Nose Width 28.6

Waist Width 24.9

Tail Width 28.6

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

Flex 5.5

Weight Range 80-160 +

Contact 114

Side Cut 8.2 / 7.4

Nose Width 29.2

Waist Width 25.2

Tail Width 29.2

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

Flex 6

Weight Range 90-170 +

Contact 114

Side Cut 8.2 / 7.4

Nose Width 30.3

Waist Width 26.1

Tail Width 30.3

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

Flex 6

Weight Range 95-190 +

Contact 117

Side Cut 8.3 / 7.5

Nose Width 29.4

Waist Width 25.5

Tail Width 29.4

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

Flex 6

Weight Range 110-200 +

Contact 117

Side Cut 8.3 / 7.5

Nose Width 30.4

Waist Width 26.5

Tail Width 30.4

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

Flex 6

Weight Range 120-220 +

Contact 120

Side Cut 8.3 / 7.5

Nose Width 29.8

Waist Width 25.5

Tail Width 29.8

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

Flex 6.5

Weight Range 140-250 +

Contact 120

Side Cut 8.3 / 7.5

Nose Width 30.8

Waist Width 26.5

Tail Width 30.8

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

Flex 6.5

Weight Range 150-270 +

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Yes, but we have modified the asymmetrical tech on it, thus making it smarter than the original!
    We also changed the name, because it dominates the entire mountain, not just the park.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    You should be just fine!

  • Alex Burgess

    Howdy,
    I currently use a Gnu 2012/2013 altered genetics 162 for some all mountain slay-age. I’m looking for something to have some fun with in the park doing some jumps and jibbing etc. Is this smart pickle the board for me?
    Cheers.

  • Евгений Пахомов

    Dear creators of this awesome boards, i need your advice. i am 5’8″ inches and 137 lbs. I need board for freestyle (without jibbing/street) just for kickers and for butter tricks (flat). In addition i would say, that i able to buy only a few sizes of snowboards in my city, which of the following boards and it’s sizes better for me and my style:
    1) GNU Danny Kass (Torpedo) 153cm
    2) GNU Smart Pickle 150cm.
    Waiting for an answer. Thanks!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Alex, the Smart Pickle is a suuuuper solid option for a more playful jib, friendly board.
    But because the Altered Genetics is such an aggressive board, it might feel a little too loose for you. I’d also recommend checking out the Space Case and Metal Gnuru, I think you might be stoked on having a bit of camber underfoot.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Go for the Torpedo!
    I think you’l appreciate the pop and stability of the XC2 base contour and 153 will be a much better size for you.

  • Michael

    Hello , my name is Michael from germany . I am boarding for over 20 years . 80 percent on the slopes , 20 percent in powder. Not in the park. Drive very fast on the edge and make flat tricks . Can you recommend me this board ? Or they have an alternative for me?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Michael,
    The Smart Pickle board sounds ideal for your riding style!
    You could also check out the Riders Choice, which will feel more aggressive due to the caber underfoot, but with that board you will sacrifice some playfulness and it may be more difficult for flat tricks.
    The Space Case is another option, and it is kind of happy medium between the Smart Pickle and Riders Choice.

  • JB

    Hey Gnu,

    Quick (and stoopid) question about the Smart Pickle please. If the serration is different heel/toe edge but I ride goofy, do I just spin the board around and almost ride it backwards? I know it’s a twin so guessing there’s no downside in terms of flex.

    Thanks!

  • Michael

    If you look closely at the picture you’ll see two yellow arrows on one side of the board. They say “Heel Here” or something like that. No matter if you are goofy or normal your heel should be on that side. So yes to answer your question briefly.

  • Michael

    I’m having a bunch of trouble deciding on a board. I know I want Mervin. A few questions:

    1) I was told to size down due to the magnetraction on a Mervin board. Is this accurate? I was shooting for 158 but told by the local shop to get 154 to 156. Seems like it would negative the advantage of magnetraction if I sized down and may only be on par (I know it is overall better edge hold but sidecut/contact length matters too)
    2) I’m looking for a twin freestyle board mostly for buttering/flatland tricks on groomers. I would like some carving and some park ability too though. Which board would be best for that setup? I’ve been looking at Carbon Credit, Rider’s Choice,Smart Pickle, Skate Banana. What are the major advantages/disadvantages here and which would you recommend for my needs?
    3) Is the Smart Pickle the same as the Skate Banana?

  • JB

    Thanks Michael – I couldn’t see those marks as the pic doesn’t enlarge that well (without blurring anyway) but can see what you mean.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    We’re out of the office on weekends, so we don’t respond to things…glad you got it worked out!

  • Michael

    I’m also looking into the Space Case based on some replies below. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Further info for board size:

    5’9, 220lbs, 10.5 Wide boots

  • Tarald

    because its have a softer flex on the heel edge, wont it be super unstable to press?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    Nope!
    The reason it’s softer on the heel edge is to mimic the body’s natural asymmetry.
    Human heels are narrower than toes, and have a smaller range of motion. People also tend to mount their bindings with their feet toes facing outward, which allows for easier control on the toe edge. By soften the flex, shortening the contact length, and enhancing the Magne-Traction and sidecut Pickle Tech boards allow for better, more intuitive balance!

  • Tarald

    that makes sense. but i meant on rails and boxes.

  • Kevin

    135lbs, 5’6″. I ride all mountain, pow, ice, medium park jumps and lots of resort jibbing. Currently on a rockered parabolic 153 of another brand with a broken edge and base beyond it’s base-grinding life. Hoping to switch over to Mervin. Found a deal at local shop on a 156 Pickle/Hi-Five. Would that be too big for pressing/butters, or would sizing up just let me go a bit faster?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    Yeah I figured that’s what you meant. The asymmetry will still help you balance, though!

  • mat

    Hi,
    I want to buy the smart pickle 2015 and Psych bindings.
    My weight is 78 Kg, boot size 9 1/2 and height 1.75 cm
    What size board and bindings recommend? (maybe 153 and L)
    thanks

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    Hi Mat,
    If you plan on spending a lot of time jibbing I would recommend the 153.
    But for a more versatile board, to take anywhere on the mountain, you will probably prefer the 156.
    Large Psych bindings will be perfect, though!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    Hi Kevin,
    You might find that the 156 feels pretty cumbersome, particularly in the park.
    At 5’6″ and 135, I’d probably recommend something in the 151-154 range for more versatility.

    …You could easily ride a 156, and it will feel really stable/fast and a breeze to float through the thick PNW snow, but you won’t be able to maneuver it as well as a smaller board.

  • Kevin

    Thanks for that. I couldn’t pass it up, bought it over the weekend. Any chance of exchanging through the factory? Hasn’t been ridden yet, it’s the Colorado one.

  • Justin Batchelor

    Hey GNU!

    I’m looking at buying this board for next season, and I was hoping you could answer a few questions for me.
    If my boot size is 11-11.5, should I opt for a wide board or will a regular be fine with that? Also, what could you tell me about how well this board “pops” and flexes?

    Thanks for your help,

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    I’d recommend a wide for boot sizes 11+, however, some boots do have a very reduced footprint…so you could potentially get by with a standard width if that’s the case. I think I’d probably recommend the 156W if you’re spending time in the park and the 159W if you want to ride a lot of deep snow and natural terrain.

    The Smart Pickle has mid-flex and is really poppy and playful; our BTX (Banana) base contour feels loose and forgiving, rather than powerful and aggressive.
    If you classify yourself as a more aggressive rider, you may want to check out the 158W Riders Choice. The camber underfoot will add more stability and snap!

  • Justin Batchelor

    Could you do me a favor and tell me what you consider “agressive riding”?

  • http://www.gnu.com/ GNU

    Riding advanced terrain at high speeds and with power.
    Boards with C2 (Banana between the feet/camber underfoot) like the Riders Choice offer more stability, power, response and control than boards with BTX (Banana between the feet/flat underfoot) like the Smart Pickle, which have a looser, and more playful/forgiving feel.