2014 Arbor Coda Snowboard Used and Reviewed

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.

2014 Arbor Coda Topsheet

Board: Arbor Coda

Size: 158

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

Resort: Breckenridge

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.

2014 Arbor Coda Base

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.

36 Comments

  1. Brad Collins says:

    Found a 2013 for a screaming deal but this is gonna be primarily a pow day board. Is there enough of a difference to pay the extra for this years model? Also, should I go 161 or 157, I’m 5’11” and 214lbs. Thanks

  2. Save the cash and put it towards more lift tickets. Get a 161.

  3. Pat says:

    Super excited about this board! But I’m out east in Canada, not much pow here. How does it hold up on groomers? Any other board recommendation in the Arbor line up? Thanks

  4. Icy groomers or just groomers? Ice and this board don’t 100% get along.

  5. Pat says:

    Yeah, ice is common on easier hill, faster slopes are usually nice. I was also looking at the Whiskey.

  6. Paul says:

    Hey im really trying to get this board. But my old one is a wide and i have a boot size 14, is that fine or will it not work out?

  7. Akian says:

    Hi what size will you recommend for this board ? I’m 5’10” and about 185lbs, 190lbs .

  8. I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead look at the Arbor Roundhouse. That will definitely fit your wider foot.

  9. Depends on what you want it to do.

  10. Akian says:

    I’m not a big park rider, I like to go on a technical terrain ride off trail around the trees, little pow sometime but we don’t have so much in my area ,I like to play switch side to side do some freestyle and jump, I’m looking for the the size who will give me best control as possible ! ( sorry for my english i’m french canadien hope you will understand my purpose !

  11. I’ll assume you’re riding on the east as you’re French Canadian. I would say the 57 would be a good size for everything you’re asking.

  12. Akian says:

    Yes you right I’m from the east ! as they only have the 56, 58, 60 and 62 I guess from what you say the 58 will be a good choice . Thanks

  13. Paul says:

    Looking for something way more flexible than my current K2 Access from 2005. I’m pretty intermediate and get the full range of snow in Alberta but I keep more to the hill than the parks to stick with my lady. I really just want a lot more maneuverability. Is the Coda a good place to look?

    I’m 5’9, 140lbs soaking wet.

  14. Definitely isn’t a bad option.

  15. D says:

    Thanks for the objective reviews.

    I’ve been riding a Banana Magic this year and last (and loving it) but last weekend I snapped it in the trees. I’m about to go spend a week in the Tetons looking for chutes and pow, but I want to try something I’ve never ridden before. I keep coming up with Never Summer or Arbor. Powder and trees are my preference, but I’ll ride anything. I prefer wider boards both for powder and the fact that I wear a size 13 boot. Any recommendations?

  16. Have you taken a look at the K2 Ultra Dream? Might be more what you’re looking for over the Coda.

  17. D says:

    I read your review of it; I’ve ridden K2 before, but nothing of that caliber. Plus, a specific recommendation from you adds extra weight. i might have to go for it. Thanks for the feedback.

  18. nicolas Greece says:

    just started riding powder this year and thinking of changing to coda or do you advise nidecker platinum cause I like also to ride the pist sometimes! Any suggestions from K2? I am 1.83 m and 86 kilos thanks!

  19. Just go with the Coda.

  20. kendrick says:

    155-160 pounds
    182cm-6ft
    size 11 boots

    getting a new setup, mostly free ride with a lot of park mixed in. not sure whether i should go for the west mark or the coda. I do more jumps than rails or jibs, huge fan or buttering

  21. Robert Parham says:

    I have been riding a ride machete for 5 years but seems a little stiff, I like to ride in Jackson hole and steamboat. I like the steeps, moguls, and rails. would the Coda be a good choice? 5’8″ 148 # size 9 boot. which size ?

  22. Well it will be softer and more playful in the moguls. I would look at the 56 unless you think you need more board then get the 58.

  23. zach says:

    Hey I am sorry if this basic comment/question shows up in a different spot. I thought I had left it under ride gt but can’t see it. I am on my 3rd season on a machete and I am finally willing (after I broke my nose yesterday) to admit I freaking hate the board (I’ve been trying to convince myself it’s a good board and I just have to get used to it – but in this case, while I am not great, it is the board that sucks.

    I have ridden almost exclusively lib techs before this. (I’ve had 4). I loved them but came to hate magnetraction so I don’t want to go back to them.

    I like to ride the whole mountain and play. I love to butter and play on the ground. I like to hit jumps and go big (for me) and while I spend 20% or less of my time – maybe more like 10% in the park, I would like the board to be able to handle that. I also don’t need to go 60 mph but I don’t want a board that washes out. I know this is a tall order.

    My machete is horribly catchy. Not “surfy” as described. I had to detune the crap out of the tcontact points of the massively wide tip and tail , horribly stiff, took a lot of hard work when initiating turns and did so slowly and reluctantly. I hate it.

    I’m lookiing at the Arbor Coda. based on my comment, would you recommend it or a different board (preferably from Arbor?

    Thanks!

  24. Zach says:

    Hey, one more question. At Arbor’s website the Element is classed as all mountain freestyle but pushes a little more toward park & play (they have a chart) than the Coda. This seems strange to me, especially given the Element’s tip/tail shape. Can you enlighten me?

  25. Coda is definitely one to consider. The Griptech doesn’t ride like MTX it just grips underfoot where you need it with the reverse camber and it initiates a little differently but a day on it and you’ll figure out that you’re not trying to steer it from the tips but directly under foot. If you’re looking at Arbors though and think the Coda might be too soft bump up to something like the Wasteland or Element/Roundhouse.

  26. zach says:

    Well that is where I am confused (glad to hear about the griptech btw). Here is the thing: If you look at Arbor’s website, they have the Coda described as big mountain/all mountain and the Element as more all-mountain freestyle (the old Park to Peak promise). It seems wrong. Check out the tip shape on the element. It’s pointed. The Coda has blunted tips. Also, the Coda is a “Mountain Twin” according to their site (which I assume means a directiona)l twin which I don’t love. Make any sense to you? I’m not worried about the Coda being too soft. I want a softer board than this damned Machete. Their wbsite just makes it seem more big mountain aggressive. You rode it though. Did you notice anything strange about switch riding? (the tip is listed as slightly longer than the tail so I assume the flex pattern and edge geometries are different tip to tail) – but I dunno.

    Thanks

  27. zach says:

    I’m kind of scratching my head here. Based on your reviews it sort of looks like the Blacklist would do it for me. Stable, all over the mountain, true twin, pretty reliable pop (for rockered board), playful, park-able, but can carve… Based on your reviews this seems way closer to what I want than the coda element or roundhouse. I feel like I’m missing something and I don’t want to buy yet another board that won’t be quite right – and which I may come to hate. Sorry for so many questions. but am I making any sense? Do you have any thoughts?

  28. Coda is a true twin. You’re over analyzing everything and just need to go “what do I need vs what do I want” from there you’ll get the answer.

  29. Zach says:

    Thanks man!

  30. mark says:

    Wicked snowboard it never catches and edge. In powder this board is incredible dodging back country trees with this board is awesome. On icy days I’ll ride my camber board. The coda is not good in icy conditions but in powder it is incredible.

  31. Mat says:

    Hey Angrysnowboarder,

    I am 6’6″, 200lbs with a size 11 boot. I have a 157 Fastplant for Australian winters, mainly jibbing and park. I am going to Japow for a month and looking for a new stick.

    Was considering 162 Coda, do you think for my height and weight this will be great for me in the pow but also allow me to jib as I naturally will be inclined to do?

    Thanks!

  32. I think it’s definitely a contender for what you’re looking to do.

  33. Rob says:

    Angry,
    Last year I moved down form a 161 Ride Wildlife to the Arbor Formula 158; wanted to play around more on the mountain and 161 was a lot to swing around (5’9″, 185 lbs, only 30′ inseam, Burton Imperials/Cartels). I’m sold on the Arbor rocker and grip tech system and I’m looking to move up to possibly the Coda/more advanced board but have a concern: I ride 90% on the East coast, maybe get one trip out to Northern Japan (might be moving there next summer though). The formula worked fine for me on the hard groomers ( I bomb the mountain by a calendar not a stopwatch). Does the Coda perform comparable on the East coast stuff? Do the big tips have a negative effect or just hang out there as a useless extension? Also how do they affect the swing weight.
    I’m progressing from “up the lift-down the hill-repeat,” to more freestyle (mostly jumping off anything, but would like to park a little). Between my weight and the Formula’s weight I found it hard to get very far off the ground. Is the Coda what I’m looking for?
    Thanks

  34. The Coda is the right step in progression for moving from the Formula to something more all mountain freestyle. It will be a smoother ride and won’t have as much chatter due to being stiffer. I would say if you’re sold on what Arbor has get this deck.

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