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Because your front- and backside aren’t identical.

When GNU designers created the crispy green Park Pickle BTX Snowboard, they took into account that you don’t make heelside and toeside turns in the same way; your heelside turns have a lot of raw power but not a lot of finesse (less ability to tip the board on edge), while your toes have more control with less power. So GNU gave this preserved cucumber an asymmetrical core and a deeper heelside sidecut for a balanced feel while you ride. Add Banana Technology and Magne-Traction to the mix, and you have one tasty Park Pickle for progressive riding and duck stance supremacy.
  • Asymmetrical sidecuts match your asymmetrical body
  • Banana Tech (rocker) lets you stomp your board flat for tip-to-tail edge contact and enhanced control
  • Magne-Traction increases edge control, even on bulletproof hardpack
  • Double-sintered UHMW sidewalls take abuse without flinching

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5 5

pleasantly suprised

I'm not one to buy into the hype but this board was fantastic! I have never been so comfortable riding switch. I'm from australia where conditions range from atrocious to bareable and the pickle held up all over the mountain. Magne-traction is the bomb it gave me confidence to push it down the iciest slopes oz can throw at it! I'm about 145lb and 170cm and was riding a 153cm paired with some K2 auto evers. Get one!

im 6'2, and weigh in at around 75Kg, i...

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im 6'2, and weigh in at around 75Kg, i rode a 163 last season and not sure weather i should keep the same size or not

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163 cm is good for when riding some of the deeper pow days, this 156 would fit you best for all-mountain and park riding. Riding a smaller board is way fun, you can throw it around more and feel really balanced.

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I'm your size (6'3" 180lb)and love to rock the 156 on the harder pack days when I want to jib around. If you need something for more all around riding check out a 159 Riders Choice. If the 163 is still in decent shape, adding the 156 to your fleet would be nice, the pickle is a great board.

2 5

Over Hyped!!!

I bought this board because of all the featues it had. I must say that the banana is worthless. This board does not ride well over powder. The base is extremely slow, I belive this is because it is rockered. I also own a Burton hero rockered which is slow as well. The magne traction makes the board very twitchy kinda of like oversteering. All said and done I don't think I'll ever be buying a gnu or a lib tech board again. I'll stick with my regular cambered Burton x-8 and my captita mid life artist. Those are way better boards!

I'm about 5'5 130lbs and i'm getting this...

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I'm about 5'5 130lbs and i'm getting this board. Should I get the 156 or the 153. I will have to solom race on this at one point, but I love to pickle parks.

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actually you should get the 147... this is not a board you want to be racing on its designed as a park board, it says all mountain but you will not like the way it feels when your going fast

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I am 5'2 and ride a 145cm K2. I was told to look into a 150cm board for next season... Am I missing something? If I want to go with a park pickle, I should go smaller than 145? As far as the poster, unless the pickle is specially sized, someone who's 5'5 should definetly ride a 153 or longer. My .02 cents.

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I've found the Aysm design to be more beneficial to all mountain riding. The name is definitely misleading that it is only a park specific design. It just has to be a true twin to work with the deeper heelside edge.

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dont listen to this guy this board rocks at all speeds, super stable at high speeds but you dont want to race on a twin board

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this board rocks at high speeds but you still dont want to race on a twin

5 5

you know it

this board is great purfect for cruzing ,hitting jumps, or knocking down boxs and rails reccomend this board to every one . and it works and looks great with the flux titants in green.

5 5

Here's The Pickle. Here's My Review.

GNU's Park Pickle. I love this board, and i have had ZERO buyer's remorse. It was my 2nd season out and 8 days at Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado sealed the deal for me. Here's the run-down.

I didn't get my board from Backcountry.com, but i guess it doesn't matter because Backcountry does things right. So anyways, a little about me. 5'8, 140 lbs., intermediate rider, that prefers cruising the groomers and hitting natural jumps, with butters all over.

That said, let me get into the tech that i liked. Magna-traction = ill. Asymmetrical sidecuts = easier heelside turns. BTX = Rocker Done Right. I really felt the Magna-traction when i'd go over icy spots. It didn't snow the whole time up in Colorado, so the first couple of days were nice, declining with every day. By the end of the trip i'd hit a couple of patches of ice, and with a Burton rental i would have wiped out. With the Magna-traction, to me it helped. More contact points, better contact, right?! The heel-side sidecut felt gimmicky to me at first, until i started cranking out carves. I could definitely tell after i dialed my Union Force Binding's highback to a sharper angle. From 90 degrees to about 75 degrees (3 on 1-5 scale). Heel-side carves were golden.

People are going to hate on Banana Tech because people are dumb. I say let them, or instead of buying the Skate Banana get the Park Pickle. The whole time in Colorado, i only saw one other guy with the Pickle. I saw 10 Skate Bananas. Go figure.

Something cool i learned last night while looking at the damage i caused with 10 days of riding so far. Is that you don't have to de-tune anything. This board doesn't have the metal on the tip and tail. I'm guessing to keep the butters easier and the flex of the board softer, but i checked and there is nothing to grind down.

4 5

pickle = awesome

This board is amazing. Absolute butter on the jummps, jibs fantastic, and total great feel on the mountain was able to ride switch much easier. GET THIS, onyl downside was doin some backyard jibbin and damages the tail egde seperating the base and the baord...but great great board

5 5

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This is deffinatly the sickest jib board I have ever owned, the reverse canber allows for super mellow nose and tail presses and it still has plenty of pop for those 50 foot kcikers we all love to hit up. Would recomend for anyone who loves riding the park.

I was thinkn of getin the park pickle or...

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I was thinkn of getin the park pickle or the skate banana but I first wanna know what is the difference in the stiffness of both boards? i ride park alot and I love jumps, but I do hit rails. but which one bends more towards jumping?

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they're both about the same in flex, the smaller size are flexier than the larger ones

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i would get the gnu thee sk8 banana actualy concaves like a sk8 board . so it is a little harder to lock into rails . and i bleieve they are the same flex.

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The pickle flexes more and is more for rails but you can still rock the socks off the jumps with the special heelside edge. the banana is stiffer but not as much.

I'm 220 lbs. 5'8 but very agile. I'm looking...

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I'm 220 lbs. 5'8 but very agile. I'm looking for a board really just for the mountan on the east coast. Would this be a good board for me and if not what do you recomend

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The 159cm is all that's left, but this length should be OK for 220 lbs. I'm a few inches taller than that, about 210 and I ride a 163 for what that's worth.

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This is more of a park board if thats what your looking for but if you want more of an all mountain board you should consider the Lib Tech Travis Rice and the Lib Tech Dark Series

5 5

What would my size board be ?

im 5'8 and i weight like 135 pound there is a 153 and a 159 what one would be the mostcompatable/best performance for my height and weight. Im thinking the 153 i ride like the glades lots and then i also hit up the park i do like both.

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I'm 5'8 and 145 and i rock a 147, i always figure the smaller the board the faster i can throw it, and with the bananna it doesn't matter in the pow

I weigh 160 pds. What size board should i...

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I weigh 160 pds. What size board should i geT?

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156 would be a good size for your weight

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also depends what sort of riding you want. shorter board for park, longer for all-mountain/carving.

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If you are 160 lbs depending on what style riding you are doing there are size variations, if you are riding all mountain you want around a 161 and if your riding freestyle you want around a 156.

5 5

Slayed Everything

So this was my first BTX board, and I don't think I'm ever leaving it. I am 5'8 and got the 156 because I like to go steep and deep, as well as ride fast and hard down groomers. This board did not disappoint. First day out this board had every condition thrown at it, and it really preformed in it all. It had unreal float in the powder, great edge control and stability at high speeds (no chattering. I was worried about this), and sliced through ice like it was its job. The flex was perfect for me, not too soft, but definitely flexible enough to respond quickly. On jumps, the pop was surprisingly good, and even when I landed had on my tail, it snapped me flat base again. I haven't had any issues with the durability with the board yet. Would recommend this board to intermediate to advanced riders who wanna turn the whole mountain into their park.

im 5'11 and like to hit jumps and shit. i...

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im 5'11 and like to hit jumps and shit. i never know what size to get for my board. i had a 152 but i feel like it was too short . shoudl i go 154?

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Yo Zach, weight is more important than height in determining the correct snowboard size. Unless you're ridiculously skinny, at your height I'd think you would be happier hitting jumps on a little bit bigger board - more effective edge means more stability and less washing out on landings.

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you should ride about 4 cm lower than you normally would because its reverse camber giving you more effective edge so if you normally ride a 156 cambered you can ride a 152. it's all about preference. The dogfunk return policy is amazing so if you get the wrong size you can return if for a full refund no questions asked.

would it hurt to hot wax my never before...

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would it hurt to hot wax my never before use pickle? thanks

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you should always wax a new board before you take it on the mountain, it comes factory waxed but that is more for protection of the board and is useless for performance on the mountain

5 5

love the board

i love this thing i got the 150 but like other people have had problems mine only lasted 3 trips to bear mountain not even full days of riding delam on the toeside rear edge where the edge stops and sandwich's to the board sports chalet where i bought it said that it mite have been one of the limited run boards but i doubt it everyone is riding these mervin boards now long story short jibs like a dream if it breaks hopefully you have your receipt cuz its going back to mervin.

Sizes in relation to base color, are they...

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Sizes in relation to base color, are they fixed or assorted? For example, are all 156's made with the green base and all 153's made with the light blue base or are they mix matched?

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so what base color is for what size?

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mervin offsets the materials they make on board with the leftovers form the last. So there is no waste. Both sizes come with both bases.

Whats up with stupid squiggle edges in the...

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Whats up with stupid squiggle edges in the middle of the board , do they do anything?

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hey aaron the "stupid squiggle edges" is the magne traction. they help with edge control alot. i have a skate nana' which has these "stupid squiggle edges". dont be hatin on the magne bro.

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keep skiing

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