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Old 11-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey y'all. So I picked up the board again last year after a decade away. I got my brother on a board last weekend after like 15 years off the board.

We went to Southern VT, and yeah its early season so its all hard packed man made (though it surprisingly wasn't too icy.) He was riding an old board pulled out of a basement. An Oxygen XE-60 from 1996. It was in good shape, but just not a nice board. Heavy as all hell, really narrow waist etc. The bindings on it were some old Burton Universals that may have been a couple model years older. They were we old push button kind, no ratchet.
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So I saw a Craigslist posting for a 2005 GNU Temple Cummings Pro-Model 159 cm with Technine Bindings for $75. I grabbed it. Its in surprisingly good shape. Some superficial nicks on the top sheet, but no separation. I just took it in for a tune up and the guy at the shop said the base only needed a wax, didn't even need to be repaired anywhere. And the bindings are at least modern with a ratchet.
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Thing is I cant find anything about this GNU. I assume cuz its a Cummings that its a freeride board. It does have a gentle camber - but that could be because its '05. I can't really tell if its directional twin or true twin. I mean, my brother is a big guy who doesn't need a park rat board. He quit riding BEFORE most resorts had parks and pipes. And realistically for the $100 for the board and tuning ($75/$25) I ain't gonna charge him, he'll get my lift ticket and gas and lunch or something. It LOOKS like its gonna be a better ride for him just on width and sidecut. I didn't strap it on, but it didn't feel poppy at all like my like Pop Core Matrix Rome Board (which literally springs off everything.) Think its worthwhile to email Mervin and see if they still have the specs on this thing?

But I don't want to get him all stoked just to have him think "man I shoulda thrown my Oxygen in the trunk." I wanna think that just the modern bindings makes the day better strapping in and out. I need to make sure he keeps the snowboard bug going so I will have a riding partner all season.

What do you think - this gonna be an ok setup for the season? Am I a good little sister for looking out? Or a total poser and he should frown at me and get his own gear on Evo?

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Old 11-29-2013, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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no way, thats awesome...

My big brother got me back into snowboarding after a long hiatus on a 163 Rossignol "idontknowwhat" from early 2000 and a set of crappy drake bindings. He said "get your own boots that fit, then eventually get bindings and a new board if you like it."
great advice, as it got me on the hill on "non-prehistoric gear" and then as i had the $$/desire i got new bindings which were a game changer in terms of comfort and control.

I think he should be stoked you got him a better setup to build on and you are awesome for doing that for him.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that will be way more fun than the 1996 board, gnu boards and technine bindings were pretty legit gear back then.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah that's what I was thinking. I mean, better to pick up a 2005 GNU pro model with Technine pro model (Nico Droz) bindings for that price than a 2010 entry level Burton or some crappy Sims board right?

Particularly for the decent shape its in.

I just have no clue how its going to ride.

Adding: I was just looking at these older T9 bindings, everyone says they are nice, stiff freeride bindings. I always though T9 made park rat gear but apparently back in the day they made some free ride stuff too.

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