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About

GNU Snowboards history

At GNU we are from the past and have seen the future.  Who we are is what we create. @gnusnowboards we’ve never been able to stop at “good”. Committed to our team - snowboarding’s unusual savants, zany artists, tinkering til perfection, and pushing progression beyond industry standard, we are Unreal. Weird, innovative, creatives, obsessed with snowboarding, the mysterious materials, advanced geometries, and pioneering radical contours and shapes in search of more fun. Handbuilt in the USA at Mervin Manufacturing ZERO HAZARDOUS WASTE since 1977.

Gnu Girls

GNU Girls GNU Girls

Gnu Girls has evolved through of a shared love of snow sports and a mutual respect for those who have paved the way and set the bar high for passion and play. At Gnu, women’s snowboard design began in the 80’s, with a women’s world champion riding the boards and competing, often winning, against the men. The 90’s brought about change in the sport and an incredible growth as snowboarding became an acceptable activity at resorts around the world. Gnu worked with Barrett to create one of the first women’s pro models, and the longest running women’s pro model in the industry today. From that moment forward Gnu has worked to design the most impressive women’s collection with a firm grasp of the market and the need for performance product that makes snowboarding easier, more fun, and more inclusive for all.

Mervin Made

GNU Mervin Made

Since the beginning Gnu Snowboards have been handbuilt in the USA by Snowboarders with jobs at the World's most environMENTAL board factory! Brought to life with ZERO HAZARDOUS waste right here in Sequim, Washington, at Mervin Manufacturing, every unreal snowboard has ECOconscience. If you don't believe us, drive out there... The address is 35 Banana Way, and ask for Pos, or check out MervinMade.com

Tech

Advanced Contours

GNU Banana Tech

Gnu’s Aerospace engineers bring you a contour guaranteed to make snowboarding more fun, Original Banana Technology. Mild rocker between your feet combined with mild cambers to the tips and tails. The most fun contour to progress on. Learn to ride on day 1or learn new tricks everyday like Blake Paul or Barrett Christy, Original Banana makes it all easy. Carves the hardpack, rips the pow, jibs everything.

GNU C2 Contour
Zany Scientists and Unreal Shred freaks put their heads together to create the perfect balanced all terrain contour. Mild rocker between your feet with powerful cambers to the tips and tails. Enough power pop and precision to technically hit the biggest wedges, enough float and freedom to rip the gnarliest AK pow lines. Carves the resort, plays in the park, and slays powder.
GNU C3 Technology
Temple and Nicolas take this power contour to edge of Freeride/Freestyle unreality. (The C always stood for camber) Very mild rocker between your feet with powerful cambers to the tips and tails. This is camber engineered for snowboarding: maximizing edge hold, pop, power and precision with the benefit of little extra float and carve when you need it. Perfect for aggressive snowboarding.

Magne-Traction

GNU Magne-traction

Magne-Traction is science based magic you are actually very familiar with. With 7 strategically located edge serrations, your edge hold and control in all conditions just got upgraded! Yeah it's kinda like a serrated steak knife and turns ice into powder!

Asymmetry

GNU Technology Asymmetry
GNU Asymmetry technology toe side
GNU Asymmetry technology heel side

In board meeting long ago with lots of charts, graphs, pie, and pie charts someone made the observation that every human body is different. And he was right! How do we account for this? By developing a proprietary core construction, sidecut and contact geometries with anatomical intuition! A technological upgrade for the 21st century. When cut in half we are not exactly the same and we’ve made snowboards with an operating system that supports this fact.

GNU Asymmetry Technology scale
Level 1

Asym Core / Sidecut

  • Asymmetric wood core... softer flexing on heelside.
  • Sidecut: Deeper sidecut on the heelside.


GNU Asymmetry Technology scale
Level 2

Asym Core / Sidecut / Contact

  • Asymmetric wood core... softer flexing on heelside.
  • Sidecut: Deeper sidecut on the heelside.
  • Contact: Asymmetric contact angles and length. Shorter heelside contact.


Unreal Core

GNU Core Light Construction

G1 CORE: Aspen / Paulownia

GNU G1 Core

G1 ASYM CORE: Aspen / Paulownia I / II HEELS

G1 Asym Core

SHARED COMPONENTS OF G1

GLASS: Tri-Ax / Biax

TOP: Eco Sublimated Poly Top

BASE: Co-Ex

SIDEWALL: UHMW

GNU Construction Lighter Core

G2 CORE: Aspen / Paulownia II

GNU G2 Core

G2 ASYM CORE: Aspen / Paulownia II / III HEELS

GNU G2 Asym Core

SHARED COMPONENTS OF G2

GLASS: Tri-Ax / Biax

TOP: Eco Sublimated Poly Top

BASE: Sintered

SIDEWALL: UHMW

GNU Core Construction Lightest

G3 ECO CORE: Balsa / Aspen / Paulownia II

GNU G3 Eco Core

G3 ASYM ECO CORE: Balsa / Aspen / Paulownia II / III HEELS

GNU Asym Eco Core

SHARED COMPONENTS OF G2

GLASS: Tri-Ax / Biax

TOP: Eco Sublimated Bio Beans Top

BASE: Sintered

SIDEWALL: Recycled UHMW