2014 Arbor Formula Snowboard Used and Reviewed

We all started out the same in snowboarding. Floundering around on a mellow slope, cold, catching edges, and then it clicked. That initial click changed our lives and snowboarding became something awesome. The Arbor Formula has been a board we’ve mentioned as being one of the best beginner boards on the planet. The 2014 model doesn’t disappoint and that’s why it has won the best beginner title for our Best Good Platinum Test Award Picks 2014.

Arbor Formula begin

Board: Arbor Formula

Size: 155

Camber Option: The System. -.8 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 fresh corduroy and a pristine park.

Flex: A hair under middle of the road medium flex. Softer in the tips stiffening up just a little under and between the feet. Think of it as a flex designed for a beginner than an advanced rider won’t find too soft.

Stability: Hard charging through rutted out or chundery conditions this board will wash out. On a fresh groomer it’ll be fine.

Ollies: You have to initiate the snap in the sweet spot outside the binding but it’s there. It’s enough to make someone working on progressing happy.

Pop On Jumps: I wouldn’t count on it for bigger jumps but for stuff up to 25 feet it’s perfect.

Butterability: If you’re just starting to butter or already a master the softer flex with the center reverse camber lets you play around with it a ton. There’s enough flex to not send a beginner ass over tea kettle but for the more advanced they won’t have to work it as hard.

2014 Arbor Formula Base

Jibbing: If you’re just starting out on jibs you can lean back or forward on the reverse camber and get the idea for a press. Board slides are mellow due to the softer flex. Over all if you’re venturing into the park it’s great for progression.

Carving: If you’re really aggressive on your carves you will over flex the board and cause it to wash out. But as this is designed for the beginner to intermediate level riders this board will help them figure out how to carve. It doesn’t hurt that the Griptech provides two contact points under foot taking away from the outer tip steering that traditional camber provides.

Rider in Mind: From a progressing beginner to an advanced rider that wants something softer.

Personal Thoughts: This board never lets me down when I get on it. I’ve known how it rides for the last few years and finally they’ve addressed the lack of inserts by adding a 2 x 2 pattern. For someone just starting out I have no problem recommending this board as they won’t outgrow it too fast.

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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Arbor Snowboards marketing department.

Note: This board was built in the Elan factory, production will be in SWS in Dubai.

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  1. Anticrobotic says:

    I think you might have forgotten a part of your prize title. ^^

  2. Rocky says:

    I ride MA. VT snow groomed packed powder some man made. I’m deciding between the formula and the coda. I’ve been riding about ten years . Park about 2 . I like to go fast and bomb runs but also hit the park and practice jibs and jumps. I’m wondering if ill lose out in performance if I settled for the formula instead of the coda. Or if it will be better since I’m new to park. But I don’t want to lose my speed aspect of riding. I’m 6’5″ 13/14 boot 210lbs . Prob gonna get 158-160 any advice or input .

  3. Jason says:

    Any significant difference between the 2013 and 2014 models?

    Thinking about grabbing this as a beginner board and splurging a bit on boots/bindings.

  4. More inserts on the 14 model and it’s coming from a new factory.

  5. Joost van den Berg says:

    Just bought it with GNU psych bindings, Have been snowboarding like 4-5 times now and love to freeride, and hit the park sometimes and a bit offpiste. Been riding my mate snowboard, a custom x, but found it really hard to keep making good turns after like 4 days and thought it was to stiff for me at the time. Hope the formula will be the ride choice!! Do u have a review about the gnu psych bindings?

    Thanks for the review about the formula.



  6. ZEE says:

    I’ve currently got a ’13 Westmark 153 which I like a lot, I just wish it was a bit softer for presses.
    Would this be a good board to switch to?

  7. Go to the Draft instead.

  8. wes says:

    I’m a beginner who will doing most of my time in carolina and west virgina resorts with more cruising and minimal pak time. Just working on getting the basics down. Would this be a good starter for me? I’ve borrowed a burton custom x and have nothing else to compare. Any other thoughts would be much appreciated. Im also 5’11” 175 with size 12.

  9. Yes this is a great entry level board into snowboarding. The only issue I see is your boots are rather big for its waist width.

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