Hello and welcome to my GNU Forest Bailey 4x4 review.
In this review, I will take a look at the 4x4 as an aggressive all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the 4x4 a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain snowboards.
Board: GNU Forest Bailey 4x4 C3, 2023
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff to Stiff
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 88.1/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 19 men’s aggressive all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the 4x4’s Specs
Check out the tables for the 4x4’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Rocker (GNU's "C3" camber)
Setback 25mm (1")
Sintered (GNU's "Eco Sintered Knife Cut")
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the 4x4 Most Suited To?
The GNU 4x4 is best for anyone who's wanting a do-anything style board but in a more aggressive way. It prefers to be ridden with some speed, carving up groomed runs and smashing through crud/chunder, as opposed to cruising around looking for things to slash. That said, it's not ultra aggressive, so you can't get a little casual on it.
It won't fare well in really deep powder or in the park for jibs, as it just wasn't made to do so but if you're someone who doesn't plan on doing either of these two things much, then the 4x4 could certainly be a one-board-quiver option.
I wouldn't recommend the 4x4 to beginners or newer intermediates as it is too aggressive for that but good if you are an experienced intermediate looking to get on a more advanced style board. Otherwise its made more for advanced-expert riders.
The 4x4 in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the 4x4 is capable of.
Board: GNU 4x4 2023, 157cm (255mm waist width)
Date: April 7, 2022
Really warm - as you expect in April. Overhead was a mixture of sun and cloud. No recent fresh snow.
On groomer: Slushy and slow/sticky, as you get on a warm April day. But the boards were well waxed for the conditions, so it was all good.
Off groomer: Similar to groomer.
Bindings angles: +12/-19
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: 25mm (0.5")
Rider Height: 6'1"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV
Bindings Used: Fix Yale: M
We didn't have any to test in but, based on specs and feel of the board, the 4x4 would be able to handle smaller amount of powder alright, due to its setback stance and directional shape. But once in deeper powder, the 4x4 would start to struggle a bit.
Carving: Never felt washy or catchy at moderate-high speeds and held a edge with minimal effort, making it quite enjoyable to carve on. Overall, I thought it performed deep long drawn out carves best, especially at higher speeds.
Ease of Turning/Slashes: Tail releases with minimal effort, allowing you to initiate turns/slashes quickly and comfortably.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Due to the boards profile, I didn't expect it to be as nimble as it was but I found it could change edges quickly and easily.
Skids: I didn't find them catchy whatsoever, which is a bit surprising given its profile is mostly camber.
Overall the 4x4 felt quick but needed to be pushed to achieve really high speeds as the base has an average amount of glide. Otherwise it felt good when being pushed - never getting wobbly or unstable.
Crud: I found it smashed through crud/chunder with next to no effort, never feeling unmaneuverable or like you were being bucked around.
Bumps: It is quick edge-to-edge at any speed, allowing it to avoid bumps/moguls with ease and, if you beared down a bit, it handled ditches or bumps nicely to.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Really enjoyed taking this board on any jump. It was stable, forgiving and had lots of pop.
Pop: The 4x4 had a lot of easily accessible pop - almost feeling like too much at times as I found myself overshooting things on occasion for the first few laps. But once I became used to it, this wasn't a issue.
Approach: Approaches felt smooth and in control. The setback stance shortening the tail allows you to make last second adjustments quickly as well.
Landing: Didn't really notice any catchiness and found landings forgiving as long as you didn't land to tail heavy.
Side-hits: Certainly what I enjoyed the 4x4 most on. It felt like you could attack any side-hit comfortably, knowing you weren't going to catch an edge on approach (even in hard packed/icy conditions) and had good easy access pop and could handle less than perfect landing spots well.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: I didn't have a preference here. I found it did both really well.
The directional shape and setback stance, making the tail smaller, wasn't ideal for switch riding but with that being said, a rider who's confident at switch riding can still ride it switch pretty easily.
The large amount of pop makes it great for getting air when the jump or side-hit is small, allowing you to spin off of anything easily because it is also light and effortless to whip around. Not bad for landing/setting up switch either just have to be mindful of the shorter tail. Overall, enjoyed it for any type of spin big or small.
I found both nose and tail presses to be pretty easy. It didn't require much effort to initiate either. I found the tail butters felt a bit different from the nose, due to the setback stance but overall they felt pretty similar.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the GNU 4x4 is a poppy, lightweight, jumping beast that can really carve well too, allowing you to bomb hills with ease whenever desired.
The pop is certainly the most noticeable thing with the 4x4 but, besides powder and jibbing, it's a very versatile board that can take you almost anywhere on the mountain and excel.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the 4x4, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other aggressive all-mountain snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the 4x4 compares to other aggressive all-mountain snowboards, then check out the next link.
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