The Coda is one of Arbor’s boards in their line that gets a lot of attention because of how versatile it is. For 2014 they most notably changed the tip shape. Is this a good or bad thing? How does it stack up for review? Keep reading.
Board: Arbor Coda
Camber Option: The System. -.81 of center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with 6 inches of fresh snow to play in.
Flex: True all mountain freestyle middle of the road flex. There’s a fair amount of torsional give that allows you to twist turn the board. The flex in the tips has enough to plow through firmer snow but have give so you don’t feel like you’re riding a plank.
Stability: Through really rutted out terrain there was a sense of getting bucked around. It’s more of a lively deck than one that is damp.
Ollies: The new tip shape coupled with the slight tweak to The System on it changes the amount of pop this board has. The more blunted flat tips give a skate inspired pop that allows you to boost.
Pop On Jumps: Some reverse cambered decks have issues with popping off a jump, this is not one of them. Much like the description for ollies this board can boost off a jump.
Butterability: Pow butters are a breeze with this new tip shape. The slight hammer head shape cuts into pow and allows you to balance up on the tips. On groomers the flatness of the tips coupled with the center reverse and middle of the road flex just lets you play around every which way you want.
Jibbing: Blunt shapes make the most sense when it comes to jibbing. While this is categorized more for all mountain/big mountain freestyle it can handle its own in the park. That flat blunted shape in the tips locks in on presses and of course reverse camber is a breeze when playing on rails or boxes.
Carving: If you push your back leg inward to center flex the deck you can really drive the carve to initiate a deep turn then snap out of it and transition over to the other edge. While more at home laying lines in pow on groomers you will never have to worry about how it feels.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going from the peaks to the park and doesn’t want to switch decks.
Personal Thoughts: The new shape and tweak to its camber were much needed to take this board further in the direction it’s going. I honestly hope the shape of this deck trickles down to their freestyle oriented boards because it makes the most sense. When trying to plane across pow it just rises up and then in the park it’s highly playful. Over all this board does not disappoint for its intended purpose.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
Note: This board was built at Elan production has now shifted to Dubai.