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Old 05-19-2011, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Review: 2012 GNU Impossible Series EC2 BTX

Introduction
This is a brand new board in the GNU line up and will now serve as the brand's new flagship (replacing the Altered Genetics as the most expensive model).
The Impossible Series with Magnesium EC2 Banana Magnetraction Twin Asymmetric Balanced Geometries is a handful to say! I was stoked to try it out since it is all new and features pretty much every goodie technology that Mervin has to offer.
The only problem was that the conditions were spring like slush and that took away from the fun. Ideally I'd like to have tried this board in deep POW.
One interesting note about this board is that it is supposed to have glow in the dark sidewalls. I rode this in the day time so I was not able to experience it. But if you go nightboarding often, that is a pretty cool feature to have.

Mervin's VP of marketing: "Magnesium is a metal formed in the stars and is extremely rare and volitile in its pure form. Found in the earths crust it’s ions are vital to every living cell and is the center ion of chlorophyll vital to photosynthesis. When alloyed with aluminum as we use it in our boards it is prized for its lightness and strength. Magnesuim also makes a great Laxitive. The Impossible series has more tech than any other Gnu in history our lightest and liveliest board to date. Celebrate and harmonize with natures gift of asymmetry"

Setup
Board: 2012 GNU Impossible Series EC2 BTX 159
Bindings: 2010 Rome Targa L/XL
Boots: 2010 Nike Zoom Force 1 sz 10
Stance: +15/-12 Regular @ 23.5"
Weight: 185lbs

Handling
Right off the bat this board feels light! I've not actually weighed this board but I'll provide an update latter. For a 159, it feels about as light as a 156 board. I'm not sure if it is the magnesium or whatever but the board likes to float and easy to manuever. I won't say it is playful because I don't think it is intended to be. However it was easy to press to get over some deep stuff and ollie over mounds of slushy snow. This board is a little longer than I'm used to so I didn't even try to butter or do a lot of tricks with it. Edge to edge was excellent for its size. There were minimal chatter but the board didn't feel overly stiff. I didn't hit the park with this board but I assume it'll be good for the jumps and not really something I would take to the rails/boxes. One thing I noticed is that even if you don't land a jump cleanly, this board helps keep you up. This was a confidence booster everytime you come off a kicker because you know the landing won't be sketchy like some rocker boards.



Pop
I expected a lot from this board in terms of pop. I've been used to C2 and I've read EC2 is more focused for pop. I won't ever say that EC2 in general has better pop than C2. However, on this board, it is definitely POPPING. I'm lead to believe that the tail is more stiff than the nose because the board just wants to leap out every time. The snap is instant and it should be a lot of fun for those who are coming off nature features.

Flex/Camber Profile
Flex rating I would give it 6.5-7 out of 10.
C2 is for GNU's most aggressive power freestyle and freeriders (B Pro,Temple, Danny, Riders Choice). BTX or Banana Tech is really fun to ride for all levels and rips the Jibs, Park and Pow (Park PIckle, Street Series, B Street, B Nice). EC2 is halfway between the two and a good one board that is a do it all geometry for all levels and terrain. That is the camber profile of the Impossible Series.
EC2 works but personally, I wonder why that is used for this flagship when ideally C2 would've fit the bill. Rocker between the inserts with a positive camber zone that starts right under the feet for a more 'focused' pop. Does this board hold an edge? Yes. But something is missing here because I feel like the C2 grabs so much harder. EC2 seems to lean more towards a regular BTX in certain situations. This is good for a freestyle playful ride but definitely surprised me a little bit because I thought it would be more of a bomb down the blacks type of ride. As an example I was able to try a Banana Magic on the same weekend and that board has a slightly better edge hold.

Conclusions
The topsheet is a bit more durable than other Mervin boards and I like the feel of it. It uses bio bean topsheet that is good for the environment but it wasn't as glittery as Horsepower by Lib Tech. The topsheet feel still trails NeverSummer's Heritage topsheet in my opinion. The base is sintered and I had put fresh wax on it so it did feel pretty fast. However, the slushy condition did drag it down and slowed me significantly on the flats.
Overall, I really need to give a better update on this board when conditions are better. I feel like the strength of this board does not show on a slushy spring day on the east coast. For some reason I did NOT notice the Asymmetric heel cut on this board. I also didn't feel the true advantage of Magnesium fiber. In that sense you may think this review was a failure (was I sleeping the whole time?). However, I attribute the ride to the conditions and will give the Impossible Series a second chance in deep powder or on a bigger mountain. I'm not sure how much it will retail for but I suspect it will be north of $500 for sure.

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thanks for the review. interesting to see peoples opinions on ec2 vs c2. i dont think theres been enough reviews out there yet. i was interested in the attack banana ec2, but might hold off if c2 seems to be the poppier of the 2
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i have a 159 attack banana and i feel like this is gnu's version of attack banana + asymmetry + lighter + stiffer
if i dont sell my attack banana then i will give you guys a back to back comparison when the season restarts
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Okay, so I was way off base on the retail price. The board actually retails for $800!
At no point did I feel I was riding a eight hundred dollar board. However it is also quite different from anything I've ridden before and there is definitely something going on with this board that makes Mervin think they can charge so much. My gut feeling is that this is the board that is trying to out magic the Banana Magic.
The board is light, has some sick pop, playful due to the EC2 and yet carves like a big mountain free riding board. It has Pickle tech, MTX, and more durable top sheet. In theory, they addressed much of the complaints we have. In the real world however, how many of us got that kind of cash? I'm really interested if anyone would chime in on how they feel about this board after extensive riding.
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