2013 Arbor Draft Used and Reviewed
When you have a soft jib stick in your line there’s not much you can expect from it as it’s obvious it will be a noodle that you can bend in half. It’s been close to two seasons since I rode one of these and in that time supposedly nothing has changed. How I was surprised that this board had just a bit more stiffness so I didn’t fold it in half like a taco.
Board: Arbor Draft
Camber Option: Jib System. Center reverse camber with two extra bumps under foot for grip.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird park laps with just a hint of crispness in the air.
Flex: Jib board perfection. Softer in the tips slightly stiffer under foot but over all still a really soft deck.
Stability: Well in rutted out chunder it’s not stable at all. Actually over all I wouldn’t say it’s super stable for hard charging but rallying around the park it handled its own.
Ollies: There’s enough snap to keep you happy but not enough to make this a boost you to the moon deck.
Pop On Jumps: Just like flatland it’s there but not something to overly concern yourself with. This isn’t a hardcore jump deck.
Butterability: This board with the blunted shape, center reverse camber, and softer jib flex was meant to butter. You can just manipulate this in any way you want to get it to spread some nice unsalted buttery goodness all over the muffin.
Jibbing: The blunt shape and the softer tips really lets you lock in your presses on features. The brass edge is forgiving and doesn’t hang up like a traditional steel edge. The downside is that you do get more burs.
Carving: Griptech works and this board will hold an edge if you’re not aggressive with it. When railing turns be prepared for some wash out due to the soft flexing nature of the board. It’s meant for non aggressive set up turns.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that will ride the mountain like a skatepark and never really push it to the danger zone.
Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode this board I remembered it being a lot softer than this one was, that’s not to say that this board wasn’t soft and forgiving. I’ve been sold on The System tech from Arbor for a few years now and this board is further proof that it works. Some people gripe about extra contact points under foot not working or that it’s bullshit. It works and it’s not like MTX where you’re locked in. For playing around in the park doing side hits, jibbing, ollieing off rails or onto the ends of them it does the trick.
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