The Whiskey got a bit of a revamp for 2015 with the addition of a full wood core. This changes the ride around a bit, for the better in my opinion. Check out the review and see for yourself.
Board: Arbor Whiskey
Camber Option: The System. A center reverse camber.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mid day to early afternoon spring conditions. Warmer temps and sunshine had baked the snow so that it was firm yet fast.
Flex: This board is just soft through out the whole length of it. It is a little stiffer under foot but the best way to describe this is a mid stiff jib board.
Stability: Throw the idea of stability out the window. This board feels everything that is going on underneath it. Whether you’re charging down a groomer or hitting a park feature, you are going to feel it. The amount of chatter in this board is uncanny and that just adds to it’s lively feel.
Ollies: There’s an OK amount of snap in this board. It’s a skate style initiation due to the center reverse camber profile. Would I call this board poppy? No, but it does have a little bit more than average pop.
Pop On Jumps: The softer flex makes you work a bit harder to get good pop off the lip of a jump. Small to medium jumps are the best for this board anything over 30 feet and you’re going to struggle to get the best results.
Butterability: This board excels at buttering due to being reverse camber, super soft, and not having a lot of natural rebound in it. You can bend this board which ever way you want across the snow and not worry about it fighting you. This is a lazy mans butter board.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses with ease. The big issue is getting good pop on to urban on features, if it’s a high ollie be prepared to work for it. Sliding sideways isn’t an issue and the board doesn’t seem to have the tendency to hook up.
Carving: The edge to edge transitioning is real easy and takes next to no effort. The softer flex really lets you bend the board to your whim through a carve, just be prepared for it to wash out if you’re driving it excessively hard through the arc of a carve.
Rider in Mind: Someone that want’s a little bit stiffer than a wet noodle of a jib/park board.
Personal Thoughts: They’ve changed cores in this board since Arbor moved factories. This has helped with it being a bit more responsive when playing around on the snow. But over all this board is just a really soft deck that forces you to feel everything under foot. It doesn’t absorb impacts too well which some might see as a positive since no one wants a damp dead board.
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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.