The one thing people will notice this year with the Westmark is the inclusion of mid-wide versions. This is to replace the Blacklist, a board that has won multiple awards from us over the years. How did this board stack up after being renamed and built at a new factory?
Board: Arbor Westmark
Camber Option: The System True-Rocker. Center reverse camber.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 25 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Gusty winds, flat light, and a mix of corn snow to ice.
Flex: A true middle of the road park flex with softer tips and stiffening up through the middle.
Stability: I’ve always found this board (Blacklist) to be stable due to having a bit more girth underfoot. The tips do get a little chatter at speeds when cruising around outside the park through varying terrain.
Ollies: The reverse camber adds a skate like feel to the board with how you initiate pop. Instead of loading up the tail you can just slap it down at the last minute and the boost is there. It’s not the most overly poppy deck out there but it is that right amount to feel familiar with and make it over a natural feature or onto an urban approach rail.
Pop On Jumps: This board for being reverse camber is actually really fun for hitting a jump. The fact you don’t have to pre-load means you aren’t spending more time setting up to pop off the lip.
Butterability: I will say that I think there is more play in the tips than in previous years of this deck. This really lets you get up over the deck when spinning around on the tips. The reverse camber between the feet helps with not catching as you go sideways across the snow.
Jibbing: Presses are so effortless on this board, mainly due to it being reverse camber. I will say that the softer flex in the tips really lets you push into the board on features.
Carving: Having Arbor’s Grip Tech underfoot just gives added edge hold when railing a hard turn. For being a park board this is also one you can really carve well with. The sidecut is deep enough to do Euro carves yet not force you into them.
Rider in Mind: The bigger footed park riding guy that will still hit the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Having ridden this deck for the last few years I know what it’s capable of. Though this is my first time riding one from the new SWS factory in Dubai, I can see that it still retains all the same properties that make it a highly recommend multiple award winning deck.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Arbor Snowboards marketing director. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.