Gnu has been building women's boards for as long as we can remember, and all the lessons learned along the way were used to create the Ladies Pickle PBTX Snowboard. It starts with an asymmetrical shape that works in conjunction with your asymmetrical body to make turning way easier. The twin shape and responsive flex make the Pickle a jibber's fantasy, and it has a sintered base so you'll go really fast. Don't think that this park-loving ripstick isn't versatile though, it rides just as well on a pow day as it does on the rail line. If you can't shake the feeling that you could use a good pickle in your life, you're right, and this is exactly the pickle you need.
The Pickle is built on Gnu's PBTX rocker profile. Basically, there's rocker between the feet, with a flat/slightly cambered tip and tail. That nets you insane float and freestyle fun, with plenty of edge hold for ripping turns between hits. It's a true twin, so this pickle shreds switch just like it does regular. It gets better with Magne-Traction edges, which place seven strategic bumps along the edges. The bumps are bigger between the feet, which concentrates most of the grip there for a ride feeling that's really close to skateboarding. But the weirdest thing going on is the asymmetrical sidecut. Think about it, your body is symmetrical left to right, but it's asymmetrical front to back. That's why the Pickle runs a tighter sidecut on the heel edge, for responsive turns at a lower edge angle, and an open radius side cut on the toe edge, since you have more ankle articulation on toe side turns. We know, it sounds strange, but the Gnu crew have been revolutionizing snowboarding since the '70s, and those guys know what's up.
The asymmetrical AP1 core uses a blend of aspen and paulownia for light weight and snappy response. UHMW external sidewalls kick up the impact resistance. The sintered base runs fast like a cheetah, and holds a bunch of wax. Best of all, you can clear your conscience knowing that your snowboard was built with eco-friendly materials by snowboarders with jobs.
- PBTX profile (rocker between the feet, flat/slight camber tip and tail)
- Twin shape
- Asymmetrical sidecut
- Magne-Traction edges
- Asym AP1 core (aspen/paulownia blend)
- Sintered base
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I demo'd this board yesterday at Brighton Resort where Gnu held a special women's shred day, and this thing was sick. When I hear "park board" I'm used to that meaning a board that won't be stable at high speeds with edges that will slip out from under you on even the slightest bit of ice. This board blew that assumption out of the water! I could really feel the Magne-Traction edges gripping into the snow while still giving me silky smooth turns on my edges. I think riding the longer 152 also helped with that. The park was no exception to this board's awesomeness. I was killing it on boxes and jumps all afternoon!
If this board wasn't so obscenely out of my price range, I'd be buying one right now. Hoping that price tag comes down soon so us ladies can tear it up on Pickles!