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Old 01-28-2010, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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EDIT: I have access to a pro-deal, and am now trying to decide between a GNU park pickle or the Skate Banana. Interests are stability when cruising/carving and park. basically, which is the better all-round board?

I've been snowboarding 5-6 times and I love it. I'll be going at least 10-15 more times this season and definitely next season. I usually rent a board or use my friend's GNU board when he doesn't want to use it.

He has a 153cm GNU carbon series (I think that's the name, not very sure) with magne-traction. Compared to the other boards I've used this one is very nice, easy to handle, and seems to float better on the snow.

I'm looking to buy a new board and was looking at the Skate Banana and GNU models. I've heard that both boards are nice and somewhat similar. I'm mostly interested in carving down the mountain easily at high speeds, going off jumps, and some boxes/rails.

Which board would you recommend, and why? Thanks.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lib tech and gnu boards are identical both made by Mervin. I got a pickle that is pretty much a skate banana although it has an asemetric toe/heel and is supposed to be stiffer. It's a fun board although I don't reccomend big mt riding on it,like east/midwest mts. They have boards that interest me for bigger mts like the lib dark series cause it has c2 or the gnu? skunk ape cause bombing down a double black on a huge banana just seems like insane fun that would never get old. They both are wide boards cause I got size 12s. Google out there websites both brands are the funniest boards IMO
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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which GNU board would you recommend?


GNU Men's Park Pickle 153 BTX

GNU Men's Carbon Credit Series 153 BTX

the park pickle has "symmetric sidecuts and construction to balance the different turning mechanics required for heelside turns and toe side turns," but im not exactly sure what that means and if it is necessary (and worth $100 more).
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Its really going to depend on 1) what your willing to pay and 2) what your needs are.

The GNU carbon credit is a very entry level board, im pretty sure it has an extruded base. If you just want a board to ride, have fun on, and dont plan to really take great care of, thats the board for you. for example, not waxing as often as you should. Your unwaxed extruded base will slide better than your unwaxed sintered base.

The banana is going to bump up in quality for the CC series.

Both lib tech and gnu have different models for different things, gnu having the entry level stuff the lib does not have. Gnu does also have the high quality gear, but theyr boards for the masses offering kids boards, womens boards, and entrylevel boards as well as the advanced stuff. Lib is mainly hardcare shit

For all mountain, I ride a 2010 Lib T.Rice 153 with btx. awesome board and love it. Never have to sharpen edges. Ive sharpened my 07 Trice with mtx once.... still ride ice like its no big thing.

If your a park monkey, get the Lib box scratcher or the gnu park pickle.

get back to us on your needs, IE how much you wanna spend, area youll mostly ride, stuff like that and we will be able to help you more.
If you liked riding that carbon credit....the mervin line just gets better from there

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get back to us on your needs, IE how much you wanna spend, area youll mostly ride, stuff like that and we will be able to help you more.
If you liked riding that carbon credit....the mervin line just gets better from there
well i have access to a pro-deal and/or 25% off, so i can get the GNU park pickle or the skate banana for about the same price.

as to what i want to ride, im not sure about the terminology, but i mostly like to carve down slopes and go off jumps, and soon start park stuff. most of the slopes i go down are groomed, its not backcountry or anything (i dont know if that makes a difference).

thanks for helping.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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GNU is legit. I ride a 156 Park Pickle and it kills everything from groomers to pipe to park. The BTX is awesome in powder too.

I would say though, if I were you I'd get next years Park Pickle which has (i think?) C2 BTX for a little more stability at higher speeds on those groomers, but if you're pro deal is only for this season then I'd go for this years no problem.

For me, this was the year to finally get a new set up and I couldn't be any happier with my pickle.
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GNU is legit. I ride a 156 Park Pickle and it kills everything from groomers to pipe to park. The BTX is awesome in powder too.

I would say though, if I were you I'd get next years Park Pickle which has (i think?) C2 BTX for a little more stability at higher speeds on those groomers, but if you're pro deal is only for this season then I'd go for this years no problem.

For me, this was the year to finally get a new set up and I couldn't be any happier with my pickle.
thanks, im probably gonna get a park pickle. what bindings are good with it? im looking at burton customs and tech nine rhyme and reason now.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have 2010 green union forces, it looks really nice. But looks aside I can personally recommend from my previous set ups: you cant ever go wrong with 390s and burton cartels are great as well.

Personal preference aside, I always hear great things about flux, ride, and flows. Do some research, see what you can find.
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thanks, im probably gonna get a park pickle. what bindings are good with it? im looking at burton customs and tech nine rhyme and reason now.
i have the customs. no complaints at all
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm rocking a Park Pickle 159 Wide and love it! We had a great powder day earlier in the week and its the first time I've taken it off the groomed runs since I got it a few weeks ago. It was amazing how easy it was to float powder even with a centered stance. You should get the Pickle over the Banana, there are less Pickles being ridden, which makes you unique at your mountain and they have slightly better tech with the deeper radius sidecut and slightly stiffer base on the heel edge.
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