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.
Board: Arbor Formula
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
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.
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.