2012 Arbor Formula Used and Reviewed

Making a high end board that rides great is easy because you have all the materials in the world to work with. Now trying to make one on a budget that’s a whole different story. The Formula is designed for all levels of riders and delivers on that promise. Here’s how it stacked up.


Board: Arbor Formula

Size: 155

Camber Option: All Mountain System. Center reverse camber with Griptech contact points underfoot.

Bindings: Technine Elements with Scrub Hooks

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10

My Weight: 160

Resort: Breckenridge

Conditions: Spring conditions with sunny skies and warm temps then clouds rolling in making things a bit firmer.

Preconceived Notions: Whenever it comes to boards designed more for an entry to mid level rider you have to question if it’s going to be too little board for you with the softer more forgiving flex or mellower sidecut.

Flex: Slightly softer than middle of the road with more play in the tips and a bit more stiffness between the feet.

Stability: Not an overly damp deck which gives it a bit more liveliness when charging around the mountain. In more chopped out terrain you would get slightly bucked around.

Ollies/Pop: Predictable snap that lets you ollie when you want it but wasn’t so over the top it would let you boost to the moon. For what this board is geared for this stood out as being one of the shining properties.

Butterability: Slightly softer tips with a little less than a middle of the road flex you do the math.

Cruising: The sidecut is a bit more mellow on this compared to other boards in their line which doesn’t let you initiate as fast or as deep. Once you get used to the fact that it’s not going to rail a turn on a dime but instead let you draw a turn out it’s easy to get used to.

Jibbing: This board excelled at this due to the softer play in the tips. The sweet spot was perfect for locking into presses.

Rider in Mind: They claim it’s good for beginner to advanced and I’d have to agree. It’s soft enough for someone to learn on but yet enough for for someone to play around on the whole mountain.

Personal Thoughts: Boards that cater to the entry level are a mixed bag and you never know what you’re going to get. This board for being one of those blew me away with its over all versatility. It wasn’t so soft you’d over power it and still had a good amount of snap for hitting jumps or popping rollers.

What They Say: An accessible all-mountain rocker design that’s exceptionally easy to ride; the Formula is ideal to learn on and grow with, a confidence building cruiser that was created to provide you with the perfect blend of affordability, technology, and performance.

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  1. jenario says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking about getting this board for a while now. I know it’s geared toward beginners, and I am far from it. but for the price and what I’m looking for, it seems like a good pick. I’m just worried that I might be too advanced for this board. I’m looking for an all mountain board… I ride park and pow… but also enjoy cruising groomers and effin around and jibbing the whole mountain. I’ll take on any size jib but keep it medium on the kickers. When it comes to the deep stuff, I tend to go bigger. Now that you got a better feel for what kind of rider I am… you think this board will be able to hold up with my riding?

  2. skeezy steez says:

    The last three decks reviewed had some kind of rocker camber combo….I’ve ridden the never summer and Mervin versions and still hate Magna track but have no problem with the vario . Could you say which ones rode more like the NS and not the Mervin just in case I try something new.

  3. Jenario I definitely think you could be at peace with this board. The flex is a bit softer probably the softest in the Arbor line up which in my opinion is better for powder because you can just get the tip up. I sent around a 40 foot jump on it and it just landed super smoothly. A good rider makes the board a board doesn’t make the rider. Come to terms with the fact it’s a slightly softer deck and you’ll be fine.

    Skeezy not sure what this review has to do with others as this is just center reverse.

  4. jenario says:

    hey about the flex… I’m looking for a deck with about a midflex, if not a tad bit stiffer. I think about a flex rating of 4 is the softest I’d go. Where do you think this board measures up? My current board is a Burton Dominant (cambered), probably about a flex rate of 3, it slays the jibs, but no so much all around the mountain. I’ve ridden stiffer boards too, with a flex of about 7, and really like how it handled the whole mountain, but then I took it in the park and really felt like I was out of my element.

  5. Those numbers don’t mean shit a 10 to me could be a 1 to you. The boards a little on the softer side which means you might have to work it a bit more when charging around the mountain.

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  7. Chris says:

    Angry snowboarder, I just started snowboarding this past season and got this board and loved it. I also bought a set of Union contact pro’s and was very disappointed with the straps. The toe straps, especially, because as soon as they felt some tension they would not crank anymore, which made it very loose. I was wondering if you could recommend a set of really nice bindings for all-mountain riding to go with my arbor formula. Thank you.

  8. K2 Formula’s man can’t go wrong with that on that board or the Raiden Phantoms.

  9. Chris says:

    Thanks! Would you recommend the 2012 model or the 2013 model of those two bindings?

  10. Save money get the 2012.

  11. Chris says:

    do you this will be better than a dc ply?and do dc stuff have a good quality for outerwear or o’neill.Neff jackets are cheap but im not sure about their quality

  12. Two entirely different boards. Neither of those brands are all that great.

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