Board: Arbor Element
Camber Option: The System. Center reverse camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, cold temps, and normal CO conditions.
Flex: Stiffer under foot and then progressively softening up in the tips. The torsional give is that right mix of snappy and responsive which makes it a versatile middle of the road all mountain deck.
Stability: The board is stable under foot which is where it really counts on a reverse camber snowboard. Never once did I find it wanting to wash out.
Ollies: The center reverse camber gives this board a more skate inspired pop. With this kind of pop it takes the work out of loading the tail up out of the equation.
Pop On Jumps: This board while designed for all mountain freestyle can handle anything from small to large jumps with ease, so push it to the limit and see what you can send.
Butterability: Think about this you have an all mountain freestyle board with progressively softer tips, reverse camber, and a weird tip shape. It’s going to butter and the harder you work for it the more you’re going to spread that goodness all over the slopes.
Jibbing: Much like the Coda or Westmark this board locks into presses relatively easily. You can really land on the tips and know that they won’t buckle or buck you out. Board slides do their thing as well, but don’t have that locked in feeling that you would get with something that has traditional camber.
Carving: Go fast, set an edge, get your back arm down low, and prepare yourself to enter the Euro carve zone. This board rips turns like all the other Arbors out there. You can do short quick mild turns or long drawn out hard carves.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle rider that has an even 50/50 mix of park to mountain.
Personal Thoughts: The versatility of this board is great. It can handle a day slashing pow just as easily as a day riding groomers with the family. If you want to go into the park, then do it. This is the quintessential do everything jack of all trades but master of none quiver killer.
Comparable Boards: Niche Aether, Yes Typo, DC Echo
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This board was loaned to us for review from Arbor Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.