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GNU Klassy Review

A fantastic all-mountain snowboard that won’t break your budget
GNU Klassy
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Price:  $550 List
Pros:  Great value, supremely stable at high speeds
Cons:  Not as much pop as other boards
Manufacturer:   GNU
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 27, 2019
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  • Edge Hold - 25% 8
  • Powder Performance - 20% 8
  • Stability - 20% 9
  • Playfulness - 20% 8
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

If you are on the hunt for a fantastic quiver-killing all-mountain board that isn't going to break the bank, then the Gnu Klassy should be one of the first models that you consider. This board loves to go fast and is exceptionally stable while carving at high speeds. It's great on groomers and offers excellent control edge to edge. On top of that, it fares quite well off-piste in the powder and has plenty of pop. However, it's not the best in the park and is only average at jibbing, but if your budget is on your mind when shopping for a new board, the Klassy is definitely for you.

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January 2021

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Pros Great value, supremely stable at high speedsFantastic all-around board, great in powderUnmatched pop, great edge hold, supremely stableWell-rounded, great edge-to-edge transition, fastFantastically floaty, likes to go fast, stays stable
Cons Not as much pop as other boardsNot the best beginner boardNot the best board for powderNot the best for jibbingNot great with groomers, much more suited for advanced riders
Bottom Line A fantastic all-mountain snowboard that won’t break your budgetIf you want the best of the best all-mountain board, it’s hard to find a better optionEarning the highest honor, it did exceptionally well in all our testsA versatile all-mountain board for intermediate to advanced riders with a more aggressive riding styleShould be your first choice if you are planning on diving into the deepest snow
Rating Categories GNU Klassy Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady West Lib Tech T.Rice Orca
Edge Hold (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Powder Performance (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Stability (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Playfulness (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
Pop And Jumping (15%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
6.0
Specs GNU Klassy Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady West Lib Tech T.Rice Orca
Shape Directional Directional Twin Asymmetrical Directional Twin Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Fusion Rocker Camber Hybrid
Flex 6.5/10 7/10 4/10 3-5/10 7/10
Tested Length 155 155 148.5 153 147
Measured Weight (Tested Length) 6.2 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 5.6 lbs. 5.8 lbs. 5.8 lbs.
Available Lengths 145, 148, 151, 155 146, 149, 152, 155 142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5 144, 147, 149, 151, 153, 156 144, 147, 150, 153, 156, 159
Core Material Aspen and paulownia wood Poplar, paulownia, and bamboo wood Aspen, Colombian Gold, and poulownia wood NS SuperLight Wood Core Aspen and paulownia wood
Waist Width 24.7 cm 24.4 cm 24.2 cm 24 cm 25.7 cm
Radius 8 7.3 8.2/7.9 7.42 7

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Klassy is a great all-around mountain board that won't break the...
The Klassy is a great all-around mountain board that won't break the bank.
Photo: David Wise

Edge Hold


Accounting for one-fourth of the final score, edge hold is our most important metric. We took the Klassy down steep runs in varied snow conditions, trying to find the point where it washed out from under us. This turned out to be quite difficult.


The Klassy has the newer magne-traction serrated edges — similar to a bread knife — which boosts its edge hold in difficult conditions. These serrations increase the overall edge length and biting into even the hardest sections of snow and ice, ensuring you — almost! — never lose an edge while carving. The camber sections directly under the bindings also help it grab, but the softer surfy feel of this board does mean it will start to slip in places that stiffer boards wouldn't.

The Klassy demonstrated superior edge hold in all conditions.
The Klassy demonstrated superior edge hold in all conditions.
Photo: David Wise

Powder Performance


For this metric, responsible for 20% of the total score, we were looking both at how well the board floated in deep snow and how it handled. The Klassy continued its strong showing.


We found this board to be tons of fun in deep snow, particular if you like a surfy feel while riding freshies. It's got a directional profile with an extended nose, as well as a rocker section underfoot that boosts the amount of flotation it has.

The Klassy features a directional profile with an extended nose.
The Klassy features a directional profile with an extended nose.
Photo: David Wise

However, even with all those power-specific features, there still were other boards that we would grab first after the biggest storms.

The Klassy did exceptionally well when it came to stability at speed.
The Klassy did exceptionally well when it came to stability at speed.
Photo: David Wise

Stability


For this metric — also accountable for 20% of the final score — we bombed the steepest groomers we could find, looking for any unwanted vibrations or instabilities to develop at higher speeds. The Klassy did exceptionally well when it came to stability at speed.


The Klassy delivered one of the best performances we have seen and holding its own with other snowboards that cost hundreds of dollars more. This board simply wants to scream down steep groomers.

The Klassy is exceptionally strong when it comes to carving steeps.
The Klassy is exceptionally strong when it comes to carving steeps.
Photo: David Wise

Its C2x Rocker profile gives it a ton of stability, and we never got to the point where it would wobble or chatter. Carving is supremely stable and strong, making this board one of the best if you want to ski fast on hard-packed snow.

The Klassy is an all-around super fun and playful board.
The Klassy is an all-around super fun and playful board.
Photo: David Wise

Playfulness


The Klassy continued to be a class act when it comes to playfulness, which is worth 20% of its total score. We based this on how much fun the overall ride of the board is — how well it flexes, turned and maneuvered, and how it felt in the park and on natural features.


This directional freeride board has plenty of freestyle spirit, making it an all-around super fun and playful board — no matter where you are on the mountain. This board has a medium flex and a playful and surfy ride that makes it exceptionally awesome in banked turns and other boardercross-style features.

The Klassy offers a great combination of control and stability while...
The Klassy offers a great combination of control and stability while still being fun and surfy.
Photo: David Wise

We also really liked that you still feel like you have a great deal of control and stability, even with the cruisey ride. On top of that, it is a really solid park board and would be one of our first choices out of the group to take into any terrain park.

The Klassy delivers a fun amount of pop, making this a great all...
The Klassy delivers a fun amount of pop, making this a great all around board.
Photo: David Wise

Pop and Jumping


Finally, we ranked and compared how willing each board is to leave the ground for our last set of tests, worth 15% of the Klassy's total score. It finished out with a good strong showing.


While this board does have somewhat of a long nose, it still has enough tail to launch off natural features or lips with plenty of pop. However, this shorter tail means you lack some of the spring when you ollie, so you will have to work a bit harder to get the same height some of the other boards will.

It also is great in the park off of human-made features, affording you plenty of pop to send it and stomps the landing decently well. However, you probably would be better off with a stiffer board if planning on big air or if you are heading to the pipe.

Value


The Klassy is a solid value, offering decent bang for the buck when it comes to all-mountain snowboards.

Conclusion


Discounting its great value, the Gnu Klassy holds its own as an awesome all-mountain board on performance alone. The Klassy is a solid bet for most types of riding, doing a great job both on and off-piste terrain. However, its jack-of-all-trades nature means it can't match a powder or freestyle board in deep snow or the park. It's great for bombing steep runs, has plenty of edge hold and float for all types of snow, and is plenty playful for the park. Throw in the fact that it costs significantly less than the top boards, and it is easy to see why we would recommend this snowboard to anyone shopping on a budget.

Marissa Fox