This review is for the GNU Space Case 2017 model.
For the latest review of this snowboard, check out the link below.
But maybe you have found a 2017 model for a reasonable price or are buying one second hand. The review below should give you some insight on the 2017 model of this snowboard, though it won’t be as detailed as the latest review at the link below.
The Ideal Rider for the Space Case
If you’re after a high performance board for the park that you can also feel confident riding on the groomers, the Space Case is in that category. It’s bordering on being an all-mountain freestyle board and would perform well as that but it’s slightly more freestyle oriented.
It’s a little stiffer flexing than the average freestyle board, so it’s great for hitting those larger jumps. More leaning towards the jump line than the jib line but it’s still reasonably jib friendly.
Certainly, higher priced than your average park/freestyle board – but also has more performance – and the price tends to go up when the flex gets stiffer.
It’s also a great option for heavier riders who want to ride the park and want to do it with a shorter board.
Board: GNU Space Case 2017
Price: $579 (USD MSRP)
Flex Rating: Medium (4.5 to 6 depending on size on GNU’s scale)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 93.4/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 31 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $442 (USD)
- The average score was 80.3/100
- The highest score was 93.4/100
- The lowest score was 69.8/100
- The Space Case ranked 1st out of 31!
Overview of the 2017 Space Case’s Specs
Check out the tables for the 2017 Space Case’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Freestyle||Flex||Medium (4.5-6 out of 10 depending on length)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Semi-Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (XC2 BTX)||Shape||True Twin (asymmetrical)|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Hard Snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||247||250||251||255||255|
|Weight Range (kgs)||36 - 68||45 - 82||54 - 91||60 - 95||64 - 113|
|Weight Range (lbs)||80 - 150||100 - 180||120 - 200||130 - 210||140 - 250|
Board: GNU Space Case 2017, 156cm (255mm waist width)
Conditions: Slushy and choppy on the groomers. Some rare pockets of powder off. Some rain later in the afternoon briefly but mostly dry with high cloud outside of that. Visibility good all day.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
More Info and What Others Thought of the 2017 Space Case
Check out the user reviews and professional reviews below to learn more and see what others thought of the 2017 Space Case.
The Good Ride
The Score Breakdown
Check out the score breakdown below for the Space Case’s strengths and weaknesses.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||93.4/100|
Overall, this is a great deck for freestyle riding. It’s predominantly park oriented but you can definitely ride it as an all-mountain freestyle ride.
I loved the asymmetry and that made this board great for those heel side turns and riding switch – for jumps, big or small, it’s just about perfect and can it can hold its own on jibs and on the rest of the mountain.
That and the great edge-hold in harder conditions make this a great freestyle bordering on all-mountain freestyle deck.
More Info, Availability and Current Prices
If you want to learn more about the Space Case, want to research availability and current prices, check out the link below.
Note that because this is a past season model, that there may not be any left in stock.
If you want to check out other freestyle boards or compare the Space Case to others, check out the next link.