Board: Arbor Draft
Camber Option: The System. Center reverse camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1DB Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero winds, warm spring like temperatures, and snow ranging from light slush to firm and fast.
Flex: It’s not a complete noodle by jib board standards but it’s not a mid flexing park deck either. As it sits in between on this spectrum it lends itself to being a soft and forgiving deck with an abundance of flex in the tips and through the middle; both torsionally and laterally.
Stability: Don’t expect to go as fast as possible through rutted out terrain and not feel anything. It will more or less buck you or cause your knees to shake. What it will do is survive riding through the park when it’s got those giant whale vagina death ruts.
Ollies: The super blunt shape makes for an ample area to boost off of. This coupled with the reverse camber gives a very skate styled pop.
Pop On Jumps: Small and medium jumps are your friend, pushing it past 30 feet and you’re probably going to have a bad time unless you’re some superhuman freak that can manipulate a board well. Other than that it does what it needs to do off the lip and gives you the boost you would expect.
Butterability: Softer blunt shaped tips are the best in my opinion for buttering. This gives a wide perfect sweet spot for spreading your margarine all over the slopes.
Jibbing: That same wide blunt tip locks into and holds presses with ease. It is a jib board after all. So go fast, go slow, who cares you can slide, press, and pop how you want.
Carving: Yes this board is soft and yes it does have Arbors Griptech (two added contact points under foot on the effective edge) which help give it edge hold. So you can carve, you can probably Euro-carve if you know what you’re doing. What you can’t do is expect this board to be a carving only board.
Rider in Mind: The jib kid that will ride the whole park hitting everything from transitions, to jumps, and of course jibs.
Personal Thoughts: This board doesn’t disappoint. It jibs well, it can hit small to medium-ish jumps with ease, and if you venture outside the park it will be fun for dicking around. So yes, look at it, drool, then buy it. If you’re worried about how soft it is check out its big brother The Westmark.
Comparable Boards: Flow Verve, Salomon Salomonder, Yes Public
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This snowboard was loaned to us for review by Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.