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
Camber Option: All Mountain System. Center reverse camber with Griptech contact points underfoot.
Bindings: Technine Elements with Scrub Hooks
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
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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