Board: Arbor Westmark
Camber Option: The Camber System. Traditional camber with Griptech under foot.
Bindings: K2 Lein AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A little bit over cast, normal temps, a bit of sun poking through, and fast snow on groomers and powder hidden in the trees.
Flex: This board is playful. It’s a slightly softer than middle of the road park flex which is especially noticeable in the tips. The torsional flex has a lot of give to it which allows you to center twist the board every which way.
Stability: This board is mildly stable. When going fast through chunder, moguled out tree runs, and blasting leftover pow on the sides of runs. For general park riding it’s really solid though.
Ollies: Having camber really gives it the snap you would want for doing big ollies. The pop on this board is best initiated with loading the camber, but for those that are coming off the rocker version you could snap it more like a skateboard.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps of all sizes and it shows. I would say that small to medium though are its stronger forté. On edge it was easy to set up and snap off.
Butterability: That wide blunt shape and softer flexing tips allows you to press hard into the snow and manipulate the board as you see fit. With having camber it will fight you a little bit which is great if you want to snap out of a swivel rewind or just pop off a roller and land on the tail.
Jibbing: Much like buttering that wide blunt shape locks into rails and really lets you just push into the feature. The camber does give you the snap you want to boost out of a feature. Board slides it locks in superbly and goes for more.
Carving: This is where I felt the board lacked a bit. It seemed to wash out a bit when pushing carves exceptionally hard. It was almost as if this board was a bit loose even if the Griptech did give some added contact underfoot.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that will ride the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve owned 4 or 5 Blacklists/Westmarks with Arbors Rocker System. All of them were super fun boards and I knew how they would ride. The cambered version of the Westmark is a bit different it definitely has more snap, but it felt more loose on edge which is odd for a cambered board with added contact points. Overall the board retained a lot of what makes the Westmark great, but had a few small tweaks giving it just a hair different feel.
Comparable Boards: Capita Outsiders, Rome Agent Alek, K2 Happy Hour
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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. *