The following is a quick overview of the 2024 GNU snowboards lineup.
First I will take a look at any new boards for the 2023-24 season, and any 2022-23 boards that aren't returning with a 2024 model.
Then I'll place each board into the categories where I see them fitting best and finally take a look at any changes for returning boards.
New 2024 GNU Snowboards
The new boards for 2023-24 are:
+ Frosting - New women's directional all-mountain (according to GNU's classification) - looks like it's mid-soft flex, beginner to intermediate board, but our testing has it more on the stiffer side of medium. 1" setback, subtle 2mm taper. Replacement for the outgoing Ravish. Very similar specs. Sizing/Dimensions all the same. Same core etc as well. And the same profile. The only differences appear to be: 1. nose and tail shaping (more blunt on the Frosting) and 2. The Frosting is rated as softer flexing and with the graphs are tipping more towards beginner (prob because of the softer flex) - however, in reality we found it to be stiffer than its rated, so probably Ravish of old flex or at least similar.
Exiting 2023 GNU Snowboards
The 2023 boards that aren't returning with a 2024 model:
- Ravish - But replaced by the new Frosting. A little more than a name change, but pretty much like-for-like.
All 2024 GNU Snowboards by Category
Below, I have categorized GNU's 2023-24 lineup. This is according to the categories here at SnowboardingProfiles.com and not necessarily the same as how GNU might label them.
Of course these are only broad categories as every board is different, but this is a rough guide.
-GNU BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS-
- GWO | Top 15 Beginner Board
-GNU PARK/FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
-GNU ALL-MOUNTAIN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
- Ladies Choice - See Full Review | Top 5 Women's All-Mtn-Freestyle Board
- Velvet - full review coming
-GNU AGGRESSIVE ALL-MTN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS-
-GNU ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS-
- Essential | Slight name change for 2024 - See Full Review
-GNU AGGRESSIVE ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS-
-GNU FREERIDE SNOWBOARDS-
- Banked Country - See Full Review | Top 5 Freeride Board
- Hyper - See Full Review | Top 10 Surfy Freeride Board
- Antigravity - See Full Review
- Barrett - See Full Review | Top 5 Women's Freeride Board
- Frosting | NEW for 2024 - full review coming
-GNU POWDER & SHORT/WIDE SNOWBOARDS-
- Gremlin (short/wide) - See Full Review
- Free Spirit (short/wide)
-GNU SPLIT BOARDS-
- Banked Country Split
- Barrett Split
-GNU YOUTH SNOWBOARDS-
- Recess (available in 100, 110, 120, 125)
- Young Money (available in 130, 135, 140)
So there you have the 2024 GNU snowboards.
Out with the Old and In with the New
The Chromatic is the one genuine exiting board. The Ravish is also technically gone, but replaced like-for-like by the new Frosting.
Changes to Existing Models
Headspace: DROPS size 146. Says new shape and tip and tail look more rounded. Looses the asymmetry that the '23 model had. Sidecuts different because of that asym loss - e.g. 7.8 on the 149 (which was 7.6/7.8). Apart from that and apart from the new rounded tips look, everything else looks to be the same.
Rider's Choice/RC C3: Have these new "3-D delightwood asym chip power platforms" which are raised sections at the inserts. There doesn't appear to be any other changed specs apart from those new additions.
Essential: NEW size (153). Slight name change, by removing the "service" from the name. Otherwise looks to be the same.
Banked Country: New shape (on visual inspection the tail is more blunted and less pointy, nose looks same). This appears to be the only change though as the specs don't seem to have changed at all - all dimensions still the same according to catalog. However after testing it, it felt like it had changed from the old Banked Country. It felt a little softer flexing and a little more snappy. I really liked the change. If you're more into a stiffer damper board, you may not like the change as much, but I had a great time on this board - and I liked the old model, just like this one even more!
Hyper: NEW size (151). Otherwise appears the same.
Antigravity: New shape (on visual test the nose and tail are more rounded, where they had a more pointy nose and blunted tail previously). This appears to be the only change though as the specs don't seem to have changed at all, according to catalog.
Sensor: Only thing is that they're rating it a "mid-soft", whereas last year was a "6 - playful".
Gremlin: NEW size (161) but otherwise appears the same.
All boards get new graphics.
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