Board: Arbor Clovis
Camber Option: The Camber System. Traditional camber with Uprise Fenders at the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast with the sun poking through the clouds, snow falling, and a little bit of wind, and about 3 to 6 inches of fresh snow.
Flex: This board is that true all mountain middle of the road flex which makes it playful yet dominate when you need it. The tips aren’t overly abundant with flex which makes you work for them. The torsional give is just enough to allow you to twist the board when turning.
Stability: This board was damp, stable, yet still lively. In really variable terrain I would feel some vibrations but over all this board is meant to charge.
Ollies/Pop: This board has insane amounts of snap. Pre-loading the tail even a bit it would just snap more than you thought. There was no sidehit, drop, rock, or popper that did not get launched on this thing.
Butterability: You will have to work it a bit to get a deep pressed butter out of this deck, but it does like to butter. This was especially true in a little bit of fresh powder. The point nose is interesting to play around on.
Carving: Griptech is one of my favorite things on an Arbor sidecut, it just gives you that control right underfoot like a skateboard. The sidecut really dug in and held well when ripping hard carves. Short quick turns or long drawn out carves, it didn’t matter.
Rider in Mind: Someone that throws a little freestyle in with their hard charging.
Personal Thoughts: This could very well be my new favorite board from Arbor. It’s shape is unique yet doesn’t sacrifice it’s ability to do various tasks on the mountain. The snap is great as is the edge hold. Overall this board just made me want to ride it more.
Comparable Boards: Burton Branch Manager, Salomon Sick Stick, K2 Ultradream
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This board was loaned to us for review from Arbor Snowboards marketing department.