Hello and welcome to my GNU Antigravity review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Antigravity as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Antigravity a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
Board: GNU Antigravity 2021
Flex Rating: Medium-Firm (5-7/10, depending on size)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium to Medium-Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 79.9/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 39 men’s freeride snowboards that I rated:
Based on 2020 rankings, which the Antigravity didn't come into as I hadn't ridden the 2020 model. This will be updated once all of the 2021 rankings have been updated.
Overview of the Antigravity’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Antigravity’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Rocker - but mostly camber - GNU's C3 Camber
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
100 - 180
120 - 200
130 - 210
130 - 210
130 - 240
140 - 250
140 - 260
Who is the Antigravity Most Suited To?
The Antigravity is best suited to those looking for a low cost, slightly softer flexing than your average freeride board. The price is really good for a snowboard full stop and freeride boards are typically more pricey than the average snowboard, so it's a really low cost option.
Not for beginners, IMO, but fine for intermediate riders.
The Antigravity in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Antigravity is capable of.
Board: GNU Antigravity 2021, 156cm (255mm waist width)
Date: February 18, 2020
Conditions: Sunny and perfect visibility.
Snow was firm underneath with soft on top on groomers. A little dust on crust off groomer but not majorly icy or anything.
Temp was quite warm in the sun. Supposed to be -1°C (30.2°F) with or without wind. Next to no wind. Felt about that in shade but warmer than that in sun.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Setback 25mm
Width at Inserts: 263mm (10.4") at front insert and 262mm (10.3") at back insert
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2920grams (6lb 7oz)
Weight per cm: 18.72 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.36 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of around 80 boards that I've weighed in 2019, 2020 & 2021 models. So, just a little heavier than average. Felt about normal on snow.
It wasn't as soft feeling as I had anticipated. From what I'd heard and the specs, I was expecting softer, but it felt just a touch stiffer than medium. Around 6.5/10 I would say.
Damp or Chattery?
Just a little on the chattery side of the scale.
Smooth or Snappy?
More smooth than snappy. But just on the smooth side of the scale.
Didn't have any real powder on the day, but based on specs, I would say that it would certainly be above average in powder, without being amazing.
It's got a setback stance and a small taper, which help, though the taper is very minimal. It also has a longer nose vs tail, which helps too but only very minimal rocker in the profile.
Carving & Turning
Carving: You can lock into a really good carve on this board. That extra stiffness in flex that I felt helped here - but no doubt the camber dominant profile is a big part of it too.
Turning: Preferred carving to regular turns on this board. It felt just that little bit catchy/grabby, particular at slower speeds. But overall decent.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: It's pretty agile at slow speeds but not super agile or as agile as I thought. Again, stiffer flex, tends to make things a little less agile at slow speeds, so that probably explains it for the most part.
Skidded Turns: Not the easiest to skid turns on. There's consequence there when you get too lazy.
More stable at speed than I was expecting, but again I was expecting it to be softer flexing.
Decnent but not amazing. It could be more agile for those slower speed maneuvers weaving through bumpy terrain - and gets a bit chattery in the crud.
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Good pop and overall decent without being amazing.
Pop: Good pop and relatively easily accessible too.
Approach: Nice and stable when getting a bit of speed for larger jumps and agile enough for trickier approaches, though I'd prefer just a little more agility.
Landing: Really good on landings. Felt like you could really stomp the landings off straight air. That slight catchy feeling made it not as nice for landing off spins/landing switch.
Side-hits: Good but could be more agile/ a little less grabby to be ideal
Small jumps/Big Jumps: Better for bigger jumps, IMO. Just because it has that stable feel and a solid landing. But fine for jumps of all sizes.
Not ideal, of course, but decent enough. It's not excessively directional.
Getting the spin around was fine and good pop made things easier off smaller takeoffs. But not ideal in terms of setups and landings particularly when doing so switch.
About average in terms of buttering. Not super easy but not super hard either.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Antigravity is a great option for those looking to get on a freeride board, want something camber dominant, something a little softer than the average freeride board, but not too soft and have a tight budget.
I personally preferred the Lib Tech Dynamo, which is a very similar board in specs, but felt like what I felt the Antigravity was supposed to be - as in softer, easier going. The Antigravity just kind of felt like an in between board - not quite a bomber, but not really an easy going freeride board either. But it will definitely appeal to some that are looking for exactly that, and want it at a super affordable price.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Antigravity compares to other freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.