2013 Arbor Blacklist Used and Reviewed
There’s always that one board you go to for everything, it’s like an old friend you can just count on it, no matter what the circumstances it just feels so natural riding it. Five years ago if you said that board would be an Arbor I would have laughed at you, but now it’s a different story. Year two for the Blacklist and it’s still that go to board I want to ride day in and out all season long.
Board: Arbor Blacklist
Camber Option: The System Rocker. Center reverse camber with Griptech sidecut giving two contact points on each edge under foot.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide by 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, slush, corn slush, over cast nastiness, and puking heavy wet snow.
Flex: That versatile park flex that lets you ride all mountain. Bit of give in the tips stiffening up under foot then having a more play between the feet.
Stability: It’s not overly stable to the point of being a dead damp ride but it does have the ability to absorb chatter and allow you to plow through any and all chunder.
Ollies: I’ve ridden a ton of boards in my day and this board isn’t one of the most poppy decks for ollies but it has enough to keep you getting up on urban rails, snapping over slow signs, and playing on rollers.
Pop On Jumps: It gets the job done without any regrets. Load that tail up as you hit the lip and know it’s smooth sailing on auto pilot till the landing.
Butterability: The blunted out shape lends itself to ground tricks due to the abundance of surface area you can balance on. The softer flex in the nose coupled with the center reverse camber really let you get over this flat spot in the tips and spread that buttery love all over the white stuff.
Jibbing: Just like buttering that blunted shape lets you lock into presses and really go for it. This board is designed to be a park slayers and jibs are it’s bitch.
Carving: Griptech works and is by far one of my favorite sidecuts on any board. Dig in hard and know it’s going to grip under food and allow you to rally a carve.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a mid-wide park destroyer that they can take all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Other than a downgrade in the base to extruded this board is still the same as it was for the 2012 season. Any time you can get on a board and not hesitate to know how it rides and have no qualms that anything set in front of you will be destroyed you’ve found something you could ride every day of the year. This is that board for me and sure there’s others that I might cheat on it with this one still is my go to board for everything.
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