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.

2014 Arbor Westmark Topsheet

Board: Arbor Westmark

Size: 153

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 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.

2014 Arbor Westmark Base

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.

56 Comments

  1. Dj says:

    How does this model compare with previous years.

  2. It’s going to be the same awesome ride.

  3. Matthew says:

    wait it will be built in dubai?

  4. Cambo says:

    Hypothetically, if you could only choose one of the following decks, which would your money go on? -

    Westmark
    Yes Jackpot
    NS Evo

    I’m looking to get more into park riding and although all these boards get great reviews, unfortunately there can be only one. Thanks in advance!

  5. Cambo says:

    Thanks. Good to get feedback from someone who has tried them all out.

  6. Tyrone says:

    I’m starting to learn how to butter and to do jumps on boxes and natural terrain so I’m wondering what’s the best board to help me further advance my skills. I’m in between the Westmark and the Freedom Machine Camber, or do you recommend something better Angry?

  7. You have two different camber profiles here. Each has their pros and cons for sure. I would probably go with the Westmark though for what you’re looking to do.

  8. KSboarder says:

    How will the Westmark do compared to the NS Proto HD? Will it do just as good doing freestyle spins and grabs in the backcountry and powder?

  9. Gear ability < Rider ability.

  10. KSboarder says:

    Im an Intermediate rider, the past 2 years ive got good at riding in powder and steeps and would like to learn spins and grabs on natural terrain, but i also do ride on groomers and hard packed snow. Not real crazy about the park, ill pass through and hit a couple boxes or small kickers. Im 5’10 145 lbs. with size 9.5 boot

  11. KS you probably want something more like the Arbor Coda instead.

  12. tsboarder says:

    For somebody with a quiver going that weighs 175-180, would you go with the 153 or 156 as an early season, late season, mess around board? I would only ride it at Northstar in tahoe on the groomers and park, and if youve been there it isnt the most challenging place to ride.

  13. 56 if hitting more jumps and being serious, 53 for playing around.

  14. Ryan says:

    Hey what size westmark would you suggest for a 125lb rider

  15. The smallest they make is a 150.

  16. Steve says:

    I’m looking for last years version cause I’m a budget but I only found a 156 would that be okay for just park? I’m like 150 but I kinda want the 153 more. Is it worth getting this years just for the 153?

  17. Personal preference is just that.

  18. Brian says:

    think cartels will be too stiff for the westmark? something like a malavita or phantoms would e a better fit? also you think a 156 would be more suited to all mountain brig as I weigh about the same as you. thanks

  19. Yeah 156 is better for a weight similar to mine for all mountain. Cartels aren’t that stiff.

  20. Brian says:

    Sick Thanks

  21. matt says:

    Hey man, i love jibin but i also like to hit those big kickers when they are hitting good. But, i dont want to ruin my changes on the boxes and all around the park fun. I been on a 146 nug 2010 for my last 2 sessions, its what i started with. i want to step it up and have a little more under my feet. Does the 153 westmark sound good for me?
    i am 6 foot
    160 lb

  22. Cole says:

    What bindings did you use for the board, what size? Would large binding fit this board??

  23. matt says:

    I am stuck between the the westmark and the villian! which board should i choose between the two?

  24. Cole one might want to re-read the review to see what bindings were used.

    Matt what do you want from the board?

  25. matt says:

    Majority of the time i do some jibs and spins, but i want to hit some kickers with out squirrelly. What board will be the bet of both worlds. I know that is hard to ask for but which board will not limit me on the boxes and figures?

  26. You’re looking at the board you want that is balanced for all around park riding.

  27. Tom says:

    Hi Angry, I’m considering replacing my classic 2005 Arbor Mystic 150, which I’ve been riding for 7 years now. I was looking at the Westmark but noticed you say it’s relatively soft. I mainly ride park (only jumps though no rails) so I tested a Rome Mod Rocker 153 (they didn’t have a 150) which I liked but found it didn’t quite have the same solid ride as the mystic elsewhere on the mountain. Can you tell me how the Westmark compares to the Mod Rocker or possibly suggest something else? I’m 65kg if that helps at all. Thanks.

  28. Sounds like you’re more or less looking for a cambered board. Check out Relapse or Del Rey from Arbor instead.

  29. Chris says:

    Trying to decide between Westmark/Draft/Whiskey/blacklist. I am 6’1 198lbs and 12 boot..Id say I am a 60/40 park/mountain rider. Mainly jumps in the park with a few boxes and rails. Im from Vermont but llive in MD because of military, and the guy at my local shop has been pushing the Draft sig model. They have the whiskey in a 158 and a draft 153…Im thinking 153 is way too small for me. thoughts?

  30. silly fucker says:

    Id say whiskey 158 hands down…the whiskey is a rad board for a bit bigger guys. Im 6’0 200 lbs and that board rips..

  31. matt says:

    yes! Is this board for me?

  32. nel says:

    Hey, I had the chance to ride the 2014 Rome artifact rocker, really loved the board, soft but still had some snap to it. I do mostly all mountain freestyle riding, buttering, spins, any kickers I can find. In the park I hit mid sized jumps and I like to press on boxes and rails. I feel the artifact did this nicely but it was just a touch too soft to handle everything.

    I’m now looking at this board and the step child FTW, in hopes to find something just slightly stiffer than the artifact, would this be the right match?

  33. Definitely a solid contender for sure.

  34. nel says:

    how much stiffer is the westmark than the artifact?

    thanks

  35. Nick says:

    I ride pretty much all park in Midwest, so mostly jibs and some smaller jumps. Plus I have a 10.5 boot size would the Westmark work or would the Draft be better. I have an old Salamon board and my only complaint is that it doesn’t have much pop and doesn’t hold an edge well. Thanks in advance.

  36. The Draft is more suited for what you’re looking to do.

  37. Zeppo says:

    Hi,
    I am now snowboading for about 12 weeks (8 years), and I still got my beginner board which is actually to small for me. It is a Hammer sequence series 148 cm, I am about 180cm tall. I like to spend my holiday mostly on the mountain, sometimes powder and basic freestyle in the park (Not the biggest kickers of course :), just normal ones, learning spins). I love to trick everywhere on the mountain when there are bumps. I really would like an Arbor and I will stick to this brand (I think), because I really love it. I got an Arbor longboard and its fantastic.
    But when I’m buying a new board it has to be perfect for my needs. I really love the Westmark (Design wise), but I dont know if it is a to much park oriented board. Can it handle allround on the mountain even got grip on ice spots? And which size you think I need. 180cm tall, 62kg, 10 US shoe size. I was thinking about 153, is that correct?

    I know it is hard to find a board for all round use. but I need one that feels like fun and where I still got grip everywhere on the mountain even on ice. My friend had a board (don’t know which) It was a banana shape board and he was complaining all the time he lost grip on ice spots and so on.

    Help is appreciated :)

    gr

  38. Seppe says:

    Hello, I am now snowboading for about 12 weeks (8 years), and I still got my beginner board which is actually to small for me. It is a Hammer sequence series 148 cm, I am about 180cm tall. I like to spend my holiday mostly on the mountain, sometimes powder and basic freestyle in the park (Not the biggest kickers of course :), just normal ones, learning spins). I love to trick everywhere on the mountain when there are bumps. I really would like an Arbor and I will stick to this brand (I think), because I really love it. I got an Arbor longboard and its fantastic.
    But when I’m buying a new board it has to be perfect for my needs. I really love the Westmark (Design wise), but I dont know if it is a to much park oriented board. Can it handle allround on the mountain even got grip on ice spots? And which size you think I need. 180cm tall, 62kg, 10 US shoe size. I was thinking about 153, is that correct?

    I know it is hard to find a board for all round use. but I need one that feels like fun and where I still got grip everywhere on the mountain even on ice. My friend had a board (don’t know which) It was a banana shape board and he was complaining all the time he lost grip on ice spots and so on.

    Help is appreciated :), thx

  39. You’re fine just get the 53 Westmark and go for it.

  40. Mike says:

    Hey, Im trying to decide between the Arbor Formula and the westmark. I am 6’2 and about 170 so I was considering a 156-159 what would be the upside/downside to the sizes and boards Im deciding between? I am a intermediate rider learning how to hit rails and kickers nothing extreme but I want something I can keep improving with.

  41. Enzo says:

    Hey there, I am currently looking at buying either the Arbor Westmark or the Capita Outdoor living. Currently both are the same price and both seem to have their perks. I am coming from a 2011/2012 Forum Youngblood Chillidog 154. I mainly ride park, including pressing/buttering boxes and rails, and big kickers as well. Also love powder when it is there. My dilemma is they currently only have the Arbor in 156 and the Capita in 154. I am 5’11″ and weigh in about 175. I also know that the Capita is zero camber while the Arbor is a rocker. Which one would you recommend when weighing in the size of the board as well. Help appreciated!

  42. 54 will be better on jibs that’s for sure. Can’t really comment on the Outdoor Living as I haven’t ridden one.

  43. voy says:

    Hi Angry,
    I’m just thinking of switching from DC PLY 156,5 to Westmark 159. I’m quite tall (194 cm = 6’4) and 82 kg (180 lbs) and the Ply’s size seems fine (I have fun with that stick)…
    I’m riding allround/park, need an universal board to have fun and progress. ;)

    Is 159 a good size for me? DC Ply 156,5 has tail width 252mm which is the minimum I guess (Flux TT30 L, Burton Ruler US 12, EUR 45). Westmark 156 would be probably more maneuverable, still not sure if not too narrow for the boots & bindings..
    159 is 253mm and would fit well I guess.. Just hope that the length won’t appear to be a problem…

    Thanks in advance.

  44. Have you looked at the Blacklist instead? It’s a mid wide version of the Westmark and would fit those bigger hooves.

  45. voy says:

    Yes, 157 Blacklist is 260mm wide, I’ve once used SkateBanana 159W which was that wide and it felt like riding a barn door ;). I’d like to avoid mid-wide boards as long as I’m not forced to… thus, 252 seems exactly what I need. Westmark 156 is 251 mm, 159 is 253mm. So 159 would be surely fine with the rest of my set up, still not sure about riding a 2,5cm longer board. Or maybe I wouldn’t be even capable of feeling the difference… damn, hard case. ;)

  46. chris says:

    Im having a hard time trying to decide between the Arbor blacklist, westmark , whiskey and the element. Im 185 lb , 6’1″ with a 11.5 boot. I ride all mountain freestyle/ parks and really would like a board that is fun and can do just about anything. what would you suggest and what size ?

  47. voy says:

    chris: you’re quite about my weight, your boot size is close to mine too. I’m riding Burton Ruler (well-built and quite small as for this size!!) and it fits boards approx 25.2-25.1 well (waist width). I’ve just tried them with my Westmark 156 and they’re fine. If you’re riding am/fs/park, 156 should do the job. :) this is my POV, let’s wait what Angry says, it’s his domain. :)

  48. Estes says:

    Hey Angry,
    I am really interested in picking up a Westmark. Currently I am shredding on a Rome Shank (2013 Death of rock & roll) 153 which I am digging, actually picked it up after reading your review. So my question is Size. Is it similar to the shank in that I can ride a 153 instead of a 156? I am 5’10″ 180-90 lbs. I basically bomb around all over the mountain & parks, just playing around. I have ridden 156 decks before too, namely a NItro rook & a K2 Happy Hour which were equally dope to ride. Thoughts? Ideas? Appreciate the feedback when you get a chance… Peace.

  49. Look at the waist widths and nose/tail widths of each board and see how much surface area you’ll be giving up. The Shank is a wider shorter board. You might want to look at the Blacklist instead as it comes in a 54 and is wider

  50. Bensen says:

    hey mate couple of questions.
    1. size 10.5 boot on flux tt30′s will i fit this board? i fit 150cm dc mega fine last season.
    2. how do you fix these edges if they get damaged? with my mega id just run that square file over them to get the burr off, but with this griptec sidecut im abit unsure

    thanks in advance dude, cheers

  51. Yeah you’re fine. Edge is exactly the same.

  52. Bensen says:

    thanks mateeee!!

  53. john says:

    Hey Angry!

    Your posts/reviews helped me decide and I ended buying Westmark. Had a great season on it. Especially during a week in Austria.
    Man, this board really can lay long turns and hold an edge when charging 50mph down the slope. I’ve never expected it from a rocker board ;)

    Maybe I haven’t tested it as much as I should in park (only boxes, not rails since I suck at it) but it’s a great board nevertheless.

    Thanks, I’m going to recommend your page to all who’s looking to buy a gear!

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