2014 Arbor Swoon Snowboard Used and Reviewed
Arbor is one of those brands that has found a way to reinvent itself and grow its legacy in the snowboard world. The Arbor Swoon mixes the classic nature Arbor is known for while bringing the latest technology to the forefront. This is what our resident tester Zara had to say about this female specific deck.
Board: Arbor Swoon
Camber Option: The System. A full center reverse camber.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pure
Stance: 21 inches wide 15 negative 15 regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna size 6
My Weight: 148lbs
Conditions: It was puking snow on and off all day with that typical light Colorado snowfall. The winds were minimal which just added to its majesty.
Flex: This is one of those middle of the road flexes that lets you charge or keep it mellow and play around.
Stability: After the snow got rutted out this board had no problem going over all the moguls that sprung up. In fact all day I never noticed an issue with it being unstable over the varying terrain we hit.
Ollies: The center reverse camber really let you get skateboard style pop out of the tail. This was so much fun popping off powdery moguls.
Pop On Jumps: No true jumps were hit as we were having a celebration of powder.
Butterability: Having a center reverse camber to this board really made it playful for buttering around. Leaning back in the pow and just playing around was so easy and fun.
Jibbing: No jibbing took place, due to the powder like conditions.
Carving: Took a few laps to get used to the reverse feeling of carving especially in the pow conditions. Once it was mastered the torque really allowed for a full body all mountain carve on the few groomers I got on.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider, with a powder hound mind. Someone who wants to ride trees and steeps as opposed to speed and jibbing.
Personal Thoughts: As a more hybrid camber oriented rider, I was surprised by the overall feel and ease of tree riding on this board. This deck allowed me to get the full carve and speed flex ideal for powder or groomer riding. In the trees it could get tight and need quick turning, this board allowed for just that with fast thought translation. This has a shape and camber profile that eases the ache of a powder leg.
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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 the Elan Factory before they switched to the one in Dubai.