Originally Posted by mountaingirlpdx
I'm trying to pick a new board for the upcoming season, and I am seeing a lot about this "pickle" "banana" stuff and am a little confused. I ride a 147 Flow Venus and am 5'5 110 lbs. I like my board now, but I tried one of my friends "rocker" boards and really liked that too. The board I'm interested in right now is the gnu park pickle board, but I just don't really understand the "pickle" terminology and if the board is even what i need. Is it anything like rocker? Is it similar to my flow board? Will it work for an intermediate freestyle rider? What are the benefits to riding pickle for someone my size.
Pickle-Banana stuff, Yaeeeahhh.
I am pretty sure the Mervin guys just choose their tech names so they can have the styley threads at SIA
To try to simplify a little, the 3 varieties of banana refer to the profile (rocker, camber, etc) shape of the board. All Gnu boards are rockered in the mid-section between the bindings. There are 3 variations on what profile shapes are used from the bindings to the tips. Banana
is flat from the bindings out to the tips. C2 Banana
has a noticable cambered section between each tip and the center rocker. EC2 Banana
has a more subtle cambered section between each tip and the center rocker.
comes on specific models only and is a design where the toeside and heelside sidecuts have different shapes. These boards are still symetrical twins from tip to tail (if you cut one in half at the waist, the two pieces would match up exactly - don't try it) but the edge shapes on each side have different depths and dimensions. This is done to allow riders to get easy and immediate response from their heelside edge and still be able to rip into toeside turns. You will be surprised how intuitive this is...and how nice it feels.
refers to those cool little bumps, lumps, ripples (whatever you want to call them) that form the edge (outline) shapes. All Gnu boards for 2012 get Magne-traction. These are strategically placed on the sidecut to slice in and give better grip on hardpack, ice, you name it.
So...on to your question (sorry about the novel above, I got carried away). The Park Pickle (guys and girls models are available) have:
Banana (lets call it banana classic) the variety with rocker between your feet and flat sections out to the tip and tail
Those are the raw ingredients, but that is a pretty complex group of shapes to blend into a board and Mervin does a ton of testing to get it right. Nice being able to build boards in your own factory, take 'em up to the hill, see what works and fails, take 'em back to the factory, tear 'em apart, dumpster the fails, and do it again 'til its perfecto.
For a specific fit let's get your foot size if we could. Also, Nivek asks a great question about your old Venus, which has been produced in both Cambered and Rocker Hybrid varieties in different years.