Gnu Velvet Guru Snowboard

In tandem with the men’s snowboard test last March in Crested Butte, Colorado, 20 female testers strapped on their boards to find these top candidates.

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BEST FOR: PARK

“The only negative: most other boards I rode couldn’t live up to it,” one tester scribbled after a test run, during which she noticed how nimble and lightweight the Velvet Guru was in the park. Its camber-rocker-camber profile (the inverse of the Scarlet) and soft flex give it tons of pop and a low, fun swing weight. We were surprised at how well it plowed through chunder, but as expected, it was too noodly to hold an edge on hard-packed steeps.

Brand: Gnu $450
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