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Old 03-10-2013, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gnu Impossible vs. Forrest SpaceCase

So I'm giving my 2012 Gnu Rider's Choice 157.5 C2 + PBTX to my buddy, and trying to figure out what to replace it with. I'm basically looking for something to dick around on while keeping something with magnetraction in the quiver for those icy/hardpack groomer days/nights.

I really liked the asymmetric sidecut and centered true twin setup of the RC, so I've narrowed it down to the Gnu Forest Bailey Space Case 156 and Gnu Impossible 155 which change to EC2 and have an asymmetric physical shape in addition to the sidecut. Specs are so similar (flex, tip/tail/waist widths) albeit a huge price difference.

I can't decide, so help me out!




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Old 03-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd gamble on the Space Case. The Impossible felt like a straight turd when I rode it. Hardly any edgegrip, serious lack in pop, just a very blah dead ride.
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I'd gamble on the Space Case. The Impossible felt like a straight turd when I rode it. Hardly any edgegrip, serious lack in pop, just a very blah dead ride.
Agree with the recommendation, if not entirely with the explanation - the Impossible is not a bad board at all, just a bit limited in what circumstances it really works.
It is basically an Attack Banana plus the asym shape. Like the AB it is quite rockered by Mervin standards and compensates by being stiff. This really makes it better for charging groomers and pipe and a bit of pow than messing about all over the mountain - even the RC would be better for that IMO. I have not ridden the Space Case but it sounds more like what Sol is looking for.
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They're gonna ride really damn similarly. I'd get the Space Case, enjoy the extra money and the way radder graphic.
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I ride a YES - The Greats and freaking love it. See if theres a place around where you can demo one. Best board I've owned.
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I ride a YES - The Greats and freaking love it. See if theres a place around where you can demo one. Best board I've owned.
Great board but with a completely different shape to what Sol was asking about...

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^ True. I'm just not interested in CamRock or Wavelength any of it's derivatives for myself. It has a place, but the diametric opposite of the hybrid profiles I've preferred the past few years. Not to mention it's definitely not for what I'm looking to fill this spot in the quiver with.

I'd have to agree that I'm leaning towards the Space Case since a.) it's a couple hundred cheaper even on sale and b.) the 156 size is a little more in line with what I'd want. For reference I ride mostly 157-159 these days, and the RC was 157.5 whatever that means. Wish I would've had time to demo either/both when Mervin had a booth at the Baker Banked Slalom...I mean I'm used to buying boards based on research, but it's always nice to try it out in person, even if only for a few runs.
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Pat, for what it's worth, I vote Space Case. Of course, my vote is solely on looks and that fact that I wouldn't want to be caught riding and A.S.S. Pickle.
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Pat totally wants an ass pickle
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In the end I did go with the Spacecase. It should be arriving any day now. Can't wait to try it out!
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