Camber isn’t dead and neither are Arbors natural wood grain astetics. When it comes to riding as close to as traditional of a snowboard as you can this one takes the cake in my opinion. It takes you back to riding the original standard in snowboarding.
Board: Arbor Del Rey
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: End of the season slush and corn snow with a few random rocks thrown in for good measure while riding the deadliest park in North America.
Flex: Just a hair below middle of the road park flex. The far end of the tips have more give then it stiffens up just outside the insert pattern.
Stability: At speeds this board absorbs chatter real well and never felt like it was going to wash out.
Ollies: Being that it’s traditional camber you have to load the tail up to get it to snap. But this board can boost.
Pop On Jumps: Unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit anything big with this board but what I did hit was enough to know this board can send a jump up and out.
Butterability: The end of the tips are great for pressing on snow if you get over them. Otherwise you have to use a bit of effort to make it work. No cheater butters here just real man presses.
Jibbing: Lock into the end of the tips and you’re golden, don’t and you’re not going to get a good press. I wouldn’t recommend jibbing on this unless you’re confident in how you ride.
Carving: The sidecut is deep enough to rail turns and the stability gives it a nice smooth ride on edge. This is one of those boards you don’t have to fear digging in hard in slush and having it buck you.
Rider in Mind: Camber loving park guy that will take it out of the park.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t always ride camber but when I do I choose this board. Yeah I went there. Anyways this board has pop, can handle the park, and even riding natural features. It’s like riding a cambered version of the Westmark/Blacklist.
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