Camber still remains in the snowboard world and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The Del Rey is one of those boards that just screams park destroyer with pop. Here’s what we had to say about it.
Board: Arbor Del Rey
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds with some fresh snow on top of groomers.
Flex: This year it felt like they stiffened it up a bit. Making the tips not as playful in the past and between the feet just more board to handle on jibs. Over all it’s somewhere past middle of the road bordering more towards stiff jump deck.
Stability: Real stable due to the flex pattern. Getting into choppy terrain it just pushed through with ease. Riding chopping groomers it just absorbed chatter and didn’t make you feel like you were getting bucked around.
Ollies: This board has always had snap. Load the tips up and be prepared to boost.
Pop On Jumps: This board was meant to jump and just send it. Big or small it doesn’t discriminate.
Butterability: The tips have play in them but with traditional camber you have to be prepared to work harder than something from the reverse camber camp. Bring your A game if you think you’ll be spreading the margarine love all over the muffin.
Jibbing: Took a bit more effort than in years past. I’m still a firm believer that everyone should learn how to press on camber and this board when you hit the sweet spot initiates and locks in perfectly. This board is by no means a pure jibstick and does make you work.
Carving: The sidecut on this board was meant to leave a trench as you cut across the mountain. It’s deep enough to rail hard charging turns but not so overwhelming that you can’t be lazy and do mild set up carves.
Rider in Mind: The jump kid that likes camber and is killing the park.
Personal Thoughts: Though on paper it doesn’t mention being built stiffer it just feels that way. I just felt like I was spending more time trying to get it to do what I want. But the good thing is the pop is familiar and lively which boards seem to be lacking these days.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us by Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
Note: This board was built at Elan it is now being built in Dubai.