Board: Arbor Clovis
Camber Option: The Camber System. Traditional camber with raised up contact points.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, moderate wind, snow that was heavy, hard, and mildly frozen in spots.
Flex: Compared to last years version this board got a lot stiffer. I mean a lot. It’s definitely not the stiffest board I’ve ridden but it jumped up from being a middle of the road. You get a board that has mild play right outside the insert packs, but everywhere else it’s beefed up. The torsional flex is minimal.
Stability: Charge into anything with ease. This board is damp yet still has some liveliness to it. You won’t feel any chatter, but the nose will have a little flapping going on.
Ollies: While this board does take a bit to load up and is aggressive, when you do snap it, you will boost. That is a guarantee.
Pop On Jumps: Skip the small stuff and head right for the big line or into the backcountry, this board is stiff and aggressive on a jump.
Butterability: Talk about having to do a lot of work for a minimal return. You can butter it, but it will fight you and you will have to find the sweet spot to utilizing your weight ratio.
Jibbing: Go as fast as you can. But then again this board isn’t designed for park jibbing, maybe sending it off a fallen tree or a jumbo log jib, but a park rail? Come on, look at it, this isn’t the board for that.
Carving: This board rails hard turns and feels locked in. With the Uprise Fenders you get a contact point that isn’t as catchy and helps the board roll from edge to edge. You can drive this board by center flexing it, but it will fight you the whole way.
Rider in Mind: The powerful rider that wants a non-asymmetrical twin.
Personal Thoughts: Wow, just wow. They severely beefed this board up. It’s so much stiffer and loses it’s surfy nature it had and becomes a dominant precision based board. It’s powerful and it will ride you if you’re not on your A game. So if you like to charge and want a twin with a weird tip and tail shape, here you go.
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Clovis.
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