Board: Arbor Zygote Twin
Camber Option: System Camber. Parabolic camber with Griptech sidecut and “fenders” that lift the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A mix of sunny blue skies and some clouds. The snow had the consistency of frozen to runny mashed potatoes.
Flex: This board is soft but not quite jib noodle soft. You have an abundance of play in the tips, a slightly stiffer area under foot, and then more softness between the feet. There is a lot of torsional flex which makes the board highly playful.
Stability: Pray your knees know how to absorb shock and chatter because you’re going to feel everything with this board. It flexes with every contour in the snow and the faster you go the more you feel it. Dampening is non existent but the liveliness is amazing.
Ollies: So the last time I rode this board I noted that it had insane snap. That still holds true with it today. The camber profile coupled with the flex pattern allows you to just boost. For being a camber dominate board you don’t have to aggressively load this board to get it to pop, it just wants to snap.
Pop On Jumps: While I wouldn’t hit the big line and the medium line is a little questionable, this deck has the snap you need to get air. So haul in, pop, and watch yourself make it to the sweet spot.
Butterability: The big flat blunted tips give a great sweet spot to lock into presses. Then when you add in this boards forgiving flex you have a recipe for a butter machine. You can press, slide, and swivel till your hearts content.
Jibbing: Here’s where this board shines. It wants to lock into presses but still give you snap to pop out of them. When you’re going sideways it hugs the jib and makes you feel locked in yet the Uprise Fenders don’t catch. So jib away till your hearts content or your legs give out and you catch an edge.
Carving: While I wouldn’t rail hard aggressive carves in firm snow this board does have decent edge bite. It wants to do a long drawn out carve.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that likes to butter, bonk, and jib around.
Personal Thoughts: This board sticks out as one of those modern incarnation of decks that has a unique shape and a unique ride. Every time I’ve gotten on it, it has blown me away! It pops with ease, jibs with precision, and over all just wants you to have fun. Which is highly subjective, but still!
Comparable Boards: Rome Artifact Camber, Ride Kink, Rossignol Retox
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Z-Twin.
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