After two years of being a top pick and go to board for the founder of this site, everyone assumed this board would win again. Well sadly the Blacklists reign has come to an end. But as Arbor pushes forward into 2014 they can rest assured that having a Legacy award is not a bad thing to have. The bigger question is which company replaced this board as the top pick?
Board: Arbor Blacklist
Camber Option: The System. -.8 of center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: High winds, 10 inches of snow, and cold temps that turned into sunny skies with a few clouds in the afternoon.
Flex: Middle of the road flex. The board has a consistent flex from tip to tail that just makes it a versatile freestyle deck you can take out of the park. The torsional give isn’t as much as the Westmark but more like that of the old Coda.
Stability: This board doesn’t wash out in rutted out terrain. It can survive some hard charging.
Ollies: You can load the tips and snap as hard as you want. While not overwhelmingly poppy it’s still consistent enough to know you never have to worry.
Pop On Jumps: Just like hitting natural rollers it’s consistent on jumps and not something you would ever have to wonder if you’re going to get the snap or boost you want.
Butterability: The wider width and slightly blunt shape makes for a great sweet spot to get up on the tips and play around. Then you have the center reverse camber that allows for easier center flexing.
Jibbing: The flat spot on the tips locks in exceptionally well for presses. Over all this board can jib just as well as it can jump which makes it a versatile weapon. The flex between the feet doesn’t kill it on board slides.
Carving: Get on edge and dig a trench. The sidecut isn’t underwhelming when you’re trying to rail a turn nor is it too much that you are better off riding it on edge.
Rider in Mind: Someone with a size 10 or up foot that wants a twin mid wide park deck that can handle it all.
Personal Thoughts: This has been my go to deck for 2 years and it never disappoints. From the park to powder I’ve taken this deck on everything under the sun and it comes back asking for more. The wider platform makes it more stable than the Westmark in my opinion when you’re dropping out of the sky or playing around in the pow.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
Note: This board was built at the Elan factory, production will come from SWS in Dubai.