Don't space on picking up this board.
Prepare to get weird on the Gnu Forest Space Case EC2-PBTX Snowboard. Forest Bailey's shred stick of choice for everything from throwing down mind-bottling tricks on urban handrails to stomping spins off natural features in the backcountry, the Space Case takes advantage of advanced asymmetric shaping and Banana technology to help it take on any terrain on the mountain.
Your body is asymmetrical, so your board should be too. A.S.S (Asym Sym Synchronization) technology features a deeper heelside sidecut, a shorter heelside contact, and an asym flex to make your heelside turns as powerful and natural feeling as your toeside turns. The PBTX Enhanced Banana profile features a magical blend of rocker between the bindings and elliptical camber outside the bindings for incredible float in powder, catch-free buttering on hardpack, and response and stability at high speeds. Magne-Traction edges are serrated to slice through ice likes it's fresh corduroy, so you can lay down high-speed carves and stomp tricks on icy landings while everyone else is washing out left and right.
- A.S.S. asymmetric sidecut
- Rocker between feet with elliptical camber towards tips
- Magnesium fiber technology
- True twin shape with centered stance
- Magne-Traction edges
- Asym APCG wood core
- Sintered base
- UHMW sidewalls
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A bit heavy, especially at the tips
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Got the 156 to replace a 154 Arbor Blacklist which I broke after a season. I was looking for something which would allow me to put more weight into presses and this fit the bill.
This is my first C2/hybrid camber board and I love how it carves. Before the blacklist I had a 2011 Nitro Rook (which I still think is the best board I've ever ridden). The Forest handles the chop much better than either of these. I'm very impressed with the pop it has too. Last weekend I did a few runs on my friend's brand new Skate Banana towards the end of the day and it was very noticeable how much better the Forest handled the not-so-smooth conditions of a crowded east coast mountain. After appreciating the hold of the grip-tech, Arbor's version of magnetraction, I was skeptical of the toned down mag on this board. I really like it though. My main complaint with the grip-tech/mag is that it grips a bit too well and often results in bouncing when coming to a hard and fast stop on heel side edge. The Forest does not suffer from this problem and coming to a stop on heelside edge is much smoother.
After three days on this, my only complaint is the weight. It is noticeably heavier than not only the 154 Arbor Blacklist (which is to be expected), but also my 156 Nitro Rook which I have set up with an identical pair of 2012 Cartels. The weight difference, if any, was not noticeable between the 156 Forest and my friends 2014 159 Skate Banana. The Banana is quite a bit easier to spin though. I'm still not completely used to the weight of the Forest yet and I occasionally have a bit of trouble getting the Forest all the way around while doing 3's off of rollers. After almost a full day of riding the Forest, I was able to spin my friends 159 Banana no problem. My guess is that there is some extra weight towards the tips in order to produce the camber. I assume this extra weight also helps the Forest deal with the bumps too though.
We Trippy Mane
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This board is a helluva lotta fun. If you're looking for a loose, jibby reverse camber board to rip through the park or in the streets, this is a great choice. Also, if you've ridden the original Park Pickle, but thought you'd like something even softer, this is just what you're looking for. A little too soft for my personal taste, but this board is a fun, buttery smooth jib machine that will slay any feature you throw at it. Forest sure shreds this thing, and you can too!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This board is probably my favorite board i have ever ridden. Its so much fun in the pow and jibbing. You can press so hard on this board with it have the perfect amount of flex but still stable at high speeds. I love this board. the only thing i would have to say is my sidewalls and front and tail have chipped a little bit but that's just because i beat up all my boards.
Bill Nye Type Ish
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The GNU Space Case Forrest Bailey model is the funnest board I have ever ridden. It floats in pow, shreds on ice, chips through chunder and carves like a sharp blade through cornrows. The pop and flex are second to none when it comes to jibbing and park jumps. The pickle banana asymmetrical symmetry is on some whole new Bill Nye type science tip. It feels like its from the future when mobbing runs here in the Wasatch range.