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Smart Pickle

BTX Freestyle, Balance Through Asymmetry

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

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$499.95 USD

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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

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    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 +

  • coloradoeagle

    Hey Weirdos! I have a couple of questions. I rode a 2013/14 Pickle and was wondering what difference I might notice between it and the new Smart Pickle?

    I am 6’3″, 218 lbs, and am trying to decide between the Riders Choice 162W, the Skunk Ape 161 and the Smart Pickle 159W (or something else you might suggest.) I don’t ride switch yet but I do enjoy riding twins. I ride the whole mountain except for the rails and boxes in the park. Thanks!

  • Paddy power

    Hi I am 5″7 150 lbs normally ride park peast and some pow in an advrage resort trip. What size pickle do you recommend. 150 or the 153. Cheers paul

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    I’d go for the 153 if you want to take it in pow–it will still be small enough to chuck around in the park, but you will get a lot more float in the deep stuff with the added length

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    The only difference aside from graphics on the 13/14 and 14/15 Pickle is the Magne-Traction. On the 14/15 Smart Pickle, we made the heelside Mag closer together, this really accentuates the asymmetry.

    Out of those three boards, the Skunk Ape will feel most aggressive, it is a directional twin with a stiff flex pattern. The Riders Choice, while still aggressive, will have more of a freestyle element to it, and due to the Pickle Tech will initiate turns easier than the Skunk Ape. The Smart Pickle is going to feel more loose and playful than the Skunk Ape or Riders Choice. The Skunk Ape and Riders Choice have C2 base contours, with camber underfoot and Banana between the inserts. I think you might prefer a board with those contours for all-mountain riding

  • coloradoeagle

    thank you!

  • James

    Hi, I’m looking to change my riding from carving up groomers on a Burton Custom X to a more freestyle all mountain type riding. Looking to learn to ride switch, learn to nose and tail press and hopefully butter. Also do some little side hits and possibly a little powder too. It’s seems the Smart Pickle is a nice soft board so I’m guessing good to learn to press and butter on? Will it be a good choice? The board I love the look of is the billy goat but would this be to similar to my custom x ?
    Thanks for any advice

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi James,
    Thanks for reaching out to us!
    The Smart Pickle will feel a lot softer, more playful and loose turning than your Custom X–it’s an insanely fun board and it will change the way you ride! However, you may find it to be a little too forgiving coming from a traditional camber board.

    With that said, I think you may also want to check out some of our Banana/camber hybrid base contours, also known as C2.
    For Gnu, I would suggest the Riders Choice and Space Case, and for Lib Tech I would recommend the Attack Banana.

    All of these boards will feel more playful and user-friendly than your Custom X, but I think you’ll really appreciate having some camber underfoot as it adds a lot of stability and precision to the snowboard.

    You’re correct about the Billy Goat, though. It’s a camber-dominant directional twin, so pretty similar to your current board.

  • James

    Thanks for all the info guys that’s a great help. Will the pickle ride all mountain or realistically just park?
    Thanks again
    James

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    You can definitely take this one all over!
    However I think the BTX base contour really shines and sparkles riding in the park and in powder, as the shape allows for catch free maneuvers and optimum float in deep snow.

  • James

    Wish you guy’s had a test centre here in the UK!! So hard to judge without being able to try lol
    Sounds like the catch free ride would be awesome for learing switch on and the soft flex to help learn to butter, but possibly at the cost of a little edge hold in the carve……as I’m mainly gonna be riding fairly slow and looking to learn to press when im on the groomers maybe im worrying to much about loss of edge hold that a C2 profile would give. Do you have any idea how it would compare to a Salomon Sabotage as I have a chance to test ride one of those on Saturday or a Burton Custom Flying V.
    Or perhaps you could just send me out a couple to demo lol….

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Because of Magne-Traction our edge hold is unrivaled! Our Banana is also different than any other reverse camber because it flattens out under the binding inserts allowing for more pop and stability–so I wouldn’t worry about either of those attributes in the Smart Pickle. But coming from a traditional camber board, you may feel like it’s not aggressive enough. We do have a distributor in the UK–I’m not sure if they have a demo fleet or which, if any shops have demo boards, but I completely understand wanting to try before you buy; it’s a big investment!

    Here’s a link to our distributors, they may be able to help you track down a board to demo:
    http://www.mervin.com/contact/distributors/

    Cheers!

  • James

    Thanks for all the help, it is a big investment but for me it’s all about the very limited time I get to ride. I’m lucky if I’m on a mountain for more than a week year so choosing the wrong board would really suck!!
    That said I reckon the Pickle would be awesome so I’m just gonna go with it

  • jordan

    Hey! I am about 6’1, 180, and a size 12 boot. I currently ride a Rome 158 solution series from 5-6 years back and I’m looking to try some banana and magne-traction. Any board suggestions? I spend most of my time doing park laps: jumps in the 15-20 foot range, boxes and rails. I’m looking for something poppy and fun for 80% of my riding, but that will also work for the occasional pow day or trip to a bigger mountain. I was thinking about the Riders Choice, but I’m not sure if it might be a little too stiff. Would the Smart Pickle or Carbon Credit be better options? Also, I ride pretty duck and I don’t think I’ve had any heel or toe catch issues, but I’m not sure if I should step up to a wide board. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  • Rich

    Hey,I’ve been on a 151 burton cruzer for probably too long. I still like it but its time for an upgrade. I ride moguls ,some park …..the whole mountain. I’m ready to purchase a smart pickle unless you guys have other ideas. I’m 5’7 , 145. Do you suggest a 153

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Jordan,
    If your feet are really ducked you might be fine without a wide board, but you should compare the waist width of the board you’ve been riding with the boards your interested in before you pull the trigger and buy one! I don’t think the Riders Choice will be too stiff–it’s honestly pretty comparable to the Pickle or the Carbon Credit,. The camber underfoot will feel more aggressive, though, and it won’t feel quite as loose and forgiving as the other two boards. It will feel more poppy and stable at high speeds, though.

    If you’re looking for a middle ground between the Carbon Credit/Smart Pickle, which are BTX boards, and the Riders Choice, which is a C2 board, you could check out the Space Case, which has a more mild, elliptical camber underfoot. The Lib Tech Attack Banana would be another solid option with the same base contours as the Space Case, but is available in wides.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Rich,
    There are a few boards I’d recommend for stepping up your skills all over the mountain:
    1. Smart Pickle (BTX base contour)
    2. Space Case or Metal Gnuru (EC2 base contour)
    3. Riders Choice (C2 base contour)

    All of these in the 150-153 range will be PRIME.

    The order I listed them in is from most forgiving/easy to ride to most aggressive/powerful. For some riders, the Smart Pickle feels a little loose and too playful. While some riders think the Riders Choice is too aggressive. The Metal Gnuru and Space Case are a happy medium between the other two contours.

  • Rich

    Thanks for the info. May be a tough choice

  • jordan

    Thanks board ninjas

  • Asier

    Hi master, I am used to a stepchild salary man 155 rocker board with 25.8 waist width. I am 5’11 and 154. I have some problems riding ice. I think this board with the magne traction could be what I am looking for, I have 11 size boots. I was thinking in 153w. What do you recommend, as I do all mountain riding and I don’t want a board bigger than 155.

  • Drew

    Man I really wanted one of these until I found out they don’t have 360 edges…… I’m sorry but I come from the old school and I’ve seen WAY too many side-edged-only board’s get strait ripped out the side of the board from brushing or bumping a tree carving turns out In the woods. Its 2015 you guys… this is a SUPER tech board but with a very old school problem IMO. please please please put some full wrap around edges In the these boards…. even if you guys don’t have problems with your edges ripping out. If anything its peace of mind for people like me and my friends who can relate to 5″ piece’s of edge hanging out the side of their board.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Drew,
    I don’t think we will EVER make wrap around edges–plastic tips and tails are superior when they are done right…and we are doing it right!
    A lot of impact with snowboards occurs at the tip and tail, so by not wrapping the edge around the board, we actually increase the durability while reducing weight and making boards that are easier to huck and chuck. If you hit your nose hard on a board with wrap around edges, it can compromise the entire edge. That won’t happen with a Mervin Made board. Our sidewall material top-notch; the UMHW we use is pretty bulletproof compared to most other manufacturers, and it will keep your edges safe and sound. If you have five inches of base hanging out of your board, it might be because you’re not riding a Smart Pickle!

    Cheers,
    Gnu

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Sounds like the 153W is just the board for you!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Feel free to hit us up if you have any additional questions.
    Or pay your local Gnu dealer a visit…I’m sure they’d be happy to help you pick a board!

  • Rich

    Ordered a 2014 Impossible 152. I’m 5’7 -143 Any stance suggestions ( width or otherwise ). Thanks

  • Tyler

    Hey I was wondering what you think about splitting a carbon credit 156 wide. I like riding a fun playful board in the back country and haven’t found a pre split board worth riding yet.

  • Joe

    Hi, I am in the market for a new board and after extensive research I think a gnu is what I am going to go for. Which one is where I need a bit of assistance. Currently riding a Burton v rocker board, which is great fun to ride but just has no edge hold on an icey piste. Want something that I can take all over the mountain, piste, pow, side hits and piste Jibbing. But also want to keep a bit of that loose playful feel. I think my 3 options are below, what would you recommend. I am about 6ft, 75-80kgs so a size recommendation would be great also.
    1.smart pickle
    2.carbon credit
    3.gateway
    thanks for your helps guys

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Joe,
    I’m thinkin that you will be extremely satisfied with any one of our BTX or EC2 boards. BTX (like the boards you mentioned above) will feel most loose and playful, and EC2 boards (like the Space Case or Metal Gnuru) will feel a bit more aggressive and powerful. Magne-Traction will definitely enhance your edge hold, but our Banana/reverse camber is actually isolated to between the binding inserts (unlike most other board manufacturers), which keeps the boards feeling playful and catch free, while lending a lot better control of the edge…I have a feeling you will be stoked on it!
    As for size I would say between 155-159 — you should use your current board as a gauge.

  • Badog

    Hi, I’m thinking of getting a Smart Pickle or maybe a Skate Banana but I’m unsure what size to go for. I’m 5’10” and 190lb. I don’t do much park riding but want a fun all mountain board that’s able to butter as well. Any thoughts or suggestions welcome!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hey!
    I think the 156 or 159 will be prime.
    The 156 will feel more playful and maneuverable and the 159 will be more stable and powerful.

    The Smart Pickle and Skate Banana are pretty darn similar, but the Pickle does have the signature Gnu PICKLE TECH–you’ll probably be really stoked on the softer heelside core, tighter Magne-Traction and increased heel edge sidecut. It makes turning, carves and spins feel more natural and intuitive.

  • Badog

    thanks for your advice. I think it’s a 156 Pickle for me!

  • Danny

    Hey bra,

    So I’m looking to get a new board and I’m def set on a gnu. Having a hard time choosing though. I really like the space case, smart pickle and riders choice. Want an all around but more jib based board. Easy to press but good pop too, and great in pow. Hardest thing for me too figure out is size. Im 165lbs w size 11 vans boot and large bindings. I’ve heard the vans boots have a bigger footprint than most. So not sure if I need a wide, but if not, I still like a shorter board for control and presses, but not so short it dives in pow. I do duck my stance a bit too.What would be safe size options for those 3 boards? Much appreciated!!! Peace!

  • Anton Romanovskiy

    Hi, I ordered 156cm regular Smart Pickle from the internet(great deal), but the only pair of boots I could find in local boardshop is DC Kush 11.5(though I usually wear 10.0-10.5). Will I have a toeheel drag or it’s still OK to ride a non-wide version?

    PS. I’m 190lbs and 6′ if it’s matter

  • Rich

    I took my 2014 Impossible to Angel Fire, NM. After riding for 1/2 a day on terribly icy conditions, I became stoked about this board!! It then dumped 10 inches on the third day. This board is really good in the powder and the edge hold on the ice is awesome! I am now helping a friend choose a board for his grandson. He is 6 foot, 155 lbs, size 10.5. He is 16 so he still has some growing to do. I am thinking about a 156 Smart Pickle, 158 Metal GNURU, or a156 or 159 Carbon Credit. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Anton,
    With size 11.5 boots you are likely to experience some toe drag on this board.
    And with size 10-10.5 I’m guessing you will also experience foot pain and a lack of support, I would HIGHLY recommend trying on boots and purchasing them in person, if possible. If your boots don’t fit correctly, it doesn’t matter what board you’re on–you probably won’t have a very good time.

  • Toffer

    Hi Gnu,

    I’m looking to swap up my board for a new Gnu or Lib. I currently ride a Jamie Lynn from the 2009-10 season. I think. It’s the banana/mag version. Just too stiff. I want something more playfull. About me, 5″11″, 195 pounds, riding 25 years, I live on the east coast but get to take a trip out west every other year or so. Because of the conditions here I usually stick to having fun in the park cause freeriding isn’t all that rewarding here. Managed to demo a bunch of next seasons boards this weekend and am trying to narrow down my selection. They had a good selection of board models but not size options within the specific models. Park pickle 153 was super fun but just a little too soft. Lib TRS was too far the other way. Really liked the feel of the ASS pickle technology, so I’m wondering if the Space case 156 or Riders Choice 157 are going to be a good middle ground.

  • Dennis Bowers

    Help. I’ve been snowboarding for two months now. I board in Ohio where we mostly deal with man made snow turned to ice. I’ve only used rental boards, but would now like to purchase my own. I am riding intermediate and when we do have groomed snow I can carve pretty well. On the ice, well, not so much. My interests are in carving the trails, no park, maybe free style if I can get good enough. Gnu’s magne-traction is what brings me to looking at Gnu, or Lib Tech. The moment I think I know what direction I should look at, I then become confused again. I just want a board that will allow me to carve groomed icy slopes as well and forgiving as possible. Which boards should I be looking at and would BTX or EC2 be better for me? Thanks for any and all assistance!

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    If you’re looking for a nice middle ground between the TRS and the Pickle, I would highly suggest the Space Case; the Riders Choice is going to ride pretty similarly to the TRS, but with a slightly more mellow feel–but the Space Case will hit right in the middle; you’ll get the fun and forgiving feel of the Pickle, but the pop and power of the TRS

  • Zachary Siegel

    I’m a beginner rider and I am 95lbs and 63 inches. I was wondering if I could ride this board in a 147cm. I am willing to spend the money. Thanks for your help.

  • alec norbeck

    hey im 6’2 and 205 pounds with 11.5 size boot how big of a board should i ride

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    I think a 162W will be solid all around board for your.
    But if you’re seeking a board for freestyle and jibbing you could size down to a 159W.
    If you want to ride a lot of powder or just have a super stable tank-like board, you could easily ride something in the 165W-166W range.

  • http://www.gnu.com/ Gnu

    Hi Zachary,
    Thanks for reaching out to us!
    Yeah! The 147 will be an awesome size, and the Smart Pickle is a FANTASTIC board to learn on!
    The BTX (Banana) base contour will be forgiving and catch-free and the Pickle Tech (asymmetrical side cut, softer heel flex and more pronounced heel Magne-Traction) will make turning feel more natural and intuitive.