Hello and welcome to my GNU RC C3 review.
In this review, I will take a look at the RC C3 as an aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the RC C3 a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: GNU RC C3 2021
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Medium-Firm
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 91.4/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 17 men’s aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Based on 2020 rankings, which the RC C3 didn't come into as there was no 2020 model. This will be updated once all of the 2021 rankings have been updated and the RC C3 will likely at least make the top 5.
Overview of the RC C3’s Specs
Check out the tables for the RC C3’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Rocker - Mostly Camber - GNUs C3 Camber
Mildly heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the RC C3 Most Suited To?
The RC C3 is great option as a daily driver for anyone not seeing a lot of powder or for those that have a separate board for powder days. It's ideally suited to those that like having a predominantly camber feel and a ride that's relatively aggressive without being super aggressive.
It's great for riding the mountain like a park, especially if you like to just lay down some carves or turns or get a bit of speed at times too - and also good in the park, if you favor the jump line over the jib line.
Definitely not for a beginner, but good for solid intermediate riders and up. Not so technical/aggressive that a good intermediate rider would have trouble with it, IMO.
The RC C3 in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the RC C3 is capable of.
Board: GNU RC C3 2021, 157.5cm (255mm waist width)
Date: February 19, 2020
Conditions: Perfectly sunny day (as you'll be able to tell from the pic!) with perfect visibility.
A bit crunchy off groomer but quite nice on groomer. Hard packed but not icy underneath, with some soft on top.
Relatively cold, especially first thing, but got warmer and nothing crazy cold.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 555mm (21.9″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 263mm (10.35")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2980grams (6lb 9oz)
Weight per cm: 18.92 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, heavier than average, but didn't feel like a heavy board on snow.
This is the RC C3's biggest weakness and is always going to be the case with a predominantly cambered profile on a true twin with a centered stance. Of course you can ride anything in powder, just that the RC C3 is going to be a back leg burner if you're in deeper powder for any length of time.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Really fun on a carve. It's not that stiff, but that good bit of camber and lively personality make it a fun little carver.
Turning: On regular turns it's a fun board to ride. There's a good bit of snap there and turning doesn't take much effort.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Pretty manevuerable at slow speeds. Not ultra maneuverable but pretty good. I'd say just that little bit less nimble at slow speeds vs the Rider's Choice (CX2 version).
Skidded Turns: Not the easiest/most forgiving for skidded turns - as expected with that C3 camber
Pretty good at speed. Felt decently stable at higher speeds. Not an out and out bomber, but pretty good.
Good in crud and good for weaving through bumps or going over bumpy terrain.
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This board is epic for jumps! So much fun.
Pop: Really good pop and at the same time that pop is really easy to access.
Approach: A good balance between being stable and nimble - the best of both worlds.
Landing: Super solid, with just the right amount of forgiveness. You can really stomp landings on this thing.
Side-hits: Super fun. Nimble enough, poppy enough, nice to spin, easy to pop. Felt so natural hitting natural features.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Great for every size/type of jump, IMO.
As good as it gets. The only thing I like better than a true twin for switch is an asym twin, and the RC C3 doesn't disappoint here.
Overall really fun board to spin. Setting up felt good, landing felt good, whether switch or not. And it was easy to get the spin around - light enough and with good pop.
Not it's forte. Definitely doable and if you're strong jibber it's fine, but I definitely preferred it for jumps over jibs.
You've got to put a bit in to press that nose and tail, but it's not something that's super hard either. Just a little easier than average to butter.
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 RC C3 felt pretty much how I expected it (which is a good thing, because I had high expectations).
It's a more aggressive version of the Rider's Choice and differed from the Rider's Choice in the ways I expected - i.e. better for carving, better for speed, not as good in powder or for jibs and just that little bit less buttery.
All round a super fun board that you can ride aggressively, but doesn't feel like you have to give you're all every second of the day. Doesn't feel so aggressive that you feel like you have to ride it hard all the time. You can get casual on it too, when you feel the need.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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