Nick Visconti has a style that is all his own and Arbor Snowboards has embraced that from him. For 2014 they’re giving him his own pro model design on the Draft. Here’s what we have to say about riding his deck and believe me we didn’t ride like him.
Camber Option: The System. -.8 center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Puking snow, grey skies, and some high winds rolling around.
Flex: Softer than middle of the road. The tips have a fair amount of give and the torsional flex allows you to independently flex each foot while twisting the deck. Over all it’s that perfect blend for getting really jibby like this boards professional endorser.
Stability: Don’t expect much outside of the park this board really isn’t designed for hard charging. Wash board terrain becomes a bit treacherous.
Ollies: You can load the tips and get the pop you want if you know how to ride. By that I mean don’t expect this board to have additives to the core profiling to make it have a snappy rebound.
Pop On Jumps: You can hit a jump on this but when you start to get to bigger lips and longer decks you might want to upgrade to something stiffer. It’s a jibstick not an all around park deck.
Butterability: The tip shape, softer flex, and center reverse camber make this board stand out as a buttering stick. If you can’t butter this thing you should probably just stop attempting now.
Jibbing: This board is at home sliding plastic and metal. Nose and tail presses are a breeze and lock in amazingly. Board slides it has enough give to lock in but not so much that you feel like you’re going to snap the deck.
Carving: Don’t expect to lay Euro-carves with it but you can dig an edge in and have it hold as long as you don’t round them.
Rider in Mind: Nick Visconti or at least all his clones. So twirl a dream catcher into your hair, put on some tight pants, and practice those tuck knees.
Personal Thoughts: This board was really the board that changed Arbors direction to park riding. It’s had a few little tweaks over the seasons and that makes it a better ride for the jibber that occasionally hits jumps.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
Note: This board was built at Elan production models are coming out of Dubai.