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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

$529.95 CAD

€499.95 EUR incl. VAT

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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!

    Gnew! Icon

    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 +

  • 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