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Gear review: GNU 2011 B-Pro C2BTX

Simply put, the 2011 GNU B-Pro C2BTX is worthy of the snake skin. The legacy freeride board marks the latest shred-rig sculpted by legendary GNU pro-rider Barrett Christy. Yet, the B-Pro’s textured snake-skin topsheet—and lurking graphic beneath—is more than an exotic allure to the intrepid female ripper. Logically, it complements a board whose cunning instinct is brought to the entire mountain and breath of snow conditions.

With the NW’s schyzo weather this season, I’ve been able to ride the B-Pro in all conditions: hardpack, ice, heavy powder, blower pow, corn, moguls, etc. Overall, it proved agile and poppy, and a stable carving machine. In the deep stuff, it floated, but was responsive.

All in one board, you ask? Yep. For the heavy $539.oo, you get what you pay for—the confidence to charge.

The fined-tuned performance of the 2011 B-Pro takes credit largely from its C2BTX construction design (C2 Banana with Magnetraction)—rocker between your feet, camber out to each end, and those ribbed edges. The camber is responsible for that crisp pop. It also provides steadiness on landings, while bombing hardpack or negotiating hairy lines. The rocker grants smooth carving and easily initiated turns, and even though it’s restricted to between the bindings, it makes the B-Pro sail through powder. I had to put in little effort to achieve a fun ride.

GNU toned down the Magnetraction in their C2 boards this year. I’m stoked. I like those additional contact points for ice, but originally they were too prominent, and thus super grabby. In the 2011, those wavy edges are more subtle. The effectiveness remains, but the overly efficient control (when carving) is subdued.

The C2 design might be her soul, but the B-Pro’s core is solid, too. Mervin’s eco “fast-growing” farmed wood is sandwiched between a light and durable tip and tail. Strong Quasi Glass sheds overall weight, and its triaxial- and biaxial combo aids the B-Pro’s pop. The sidewalls are impact-resistant, and the steel edges extend only along the contact points (not the tip and tail), cleaving more weight. All that translates as such: I can hike easier with this board, than my old heavy B-Nice. I can toss it around. And it should withstand typical abuse—my B Nice lasted long.

The 2011 B-Pro’s sizes are appropriate to a female “freeride” stick:  146, 149, 152, 155. At 5’5″ and 115lbs., I got a 149, which registers a 4.5 flex— sturdy for all-mountain riding, but limber enough for fun in the park. If you’re a parkrat, get a park board. The B-Pro has good crossover, but it’s a freeride machine. Directionally, it’s a true twin. It transfers to switch well, and makes riding switch easy for those acquiring the balance.

Some feel-good reasons to consider the B-Pro: Mervin boards are made in the U.S. with eco friendlier practices, and the B-Pro is a Boarding for Breast Cancer board.

As with my bindings, I researched thoroughly before buying this board, and am thrilled. It’s an adept beast that delivers for the female shredder who harbors the same bold attitude.

Deep pow, surface board.

Lurking in the whiteout

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