2014 Arbor Westmark Snowboard Used and Reviewed
The Westmark is that snowboard from Arbor that is the reverse camber park destroyer. Big jumps? Sure, why not! Urban rails? Yeah those too! It does it all with ease and still maintains some of that classic design element Arbor is known for. The 2014 model is no different.
Board: Arbor Westmark
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 bluebird park laps.
Flex: Slightly below true medium flex. There’s a little bit more give in the tips stiffening up between the feet and a little bit of torsional give when you twist it.
Stability: The board is stable yet lively when charging around the mountain. I wouldn’t personally take it through a mogul run at mach 10 speeds but for rutted out park landings it’s not anything to worry about.
Ollies: This board has snap. It’s designed to send a jump but still be soft enough to press a rail. When riding around the mountain hitting rollers is fun with how skate inspired the pop is out of the tips.
Pop On Jumps: You can boost a jump no problem with this board. Roll into the drop in and point the lip and things will happen. It’s like being on autopilot on this deck.
Butterability: You have to work just a hair harder to butter this deck than say the Draft but that shouldn’t dissuade you from looking at it. The ever so slightly softer tips and center reverse camber let you play with it.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses, glides on board slides, and over all feels at home on jibs. It’s a deck you can progress on with your jib game.
Carving: Bend that back knee inwards while center flexing the deck and be prepared to rail a hard turn. For a park deck you can get this thing to leave a trench.
Rider in Mind: The all around park rider that hits jumps, does jibs, and goes outside the park playing around on the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board is just always a ton of fun for all around park riding. You have great snap for hitting jumps or popping onto urban rails. Then the flex is friendly enough to not make you over exert yourself to lock into presses.
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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 for production it will be built in Dubai.