Arbor Coda A Closer Look
Arbor is a brand that embraces being green and strives to use the most beneficial renewable sources when making a deck. If it’s not going to benefit the ride then they don’t use it. New for this year they’ve added more reverse cambered decks to their lines and tweaked others. The Coda was the first board of theirs that I was able to demo with some of this new tech. Here’s what I had to say about it.
Board: Arbor Coda
Camber Option: Arbors Parabolic Rocker which is a center reverse camber between the bindings.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: 18 negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 160
Resort: Breckenridge, A basin, Keystone, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, Beaver Creek
Conditions: You name it I rode it from spring slush at Bear to cold blowing snow at Breckenridge. This thing was taken to every type of condition.
Preconceived Notions: Pretty much I was told this was a reverse cambered all mountain deck that could charge just about everything yet still be playful.
Flex: That perfect middle of the road where you could charge a jump line or hit a cliff band and not have to worry that the deck would under perform.
Stability: For being a center reverse and really light this deck was surprisingly stable. On run outs that were wash board it absorbed them like a champ and if I landed backseat it wouldn’t fold.
Ollies/Pop: One of the snappiest center reverse boards I’ve ever been on. Popping ollies off rollers you could boost huge and hitting jumps you’d have to under pop the lips otherwise you’d over shoot them.
Butterability: Don’t let the directional twin shape or the all mountain classification fool you this thing could butter a muffin like a fat lady at a continental breakfast. But being that its reverse camber I would hope you could butter it.
Cruising: Arbor has what they call Griptech on their R.C. decks which creates an additional contact point under foot. This thing grips how a center reverse should. You steer right under foot and railing turns is amazing on it. This thing rides like a skateboard which in my opinion is how a snowboard should be ridden.
Jibbing: Presses, bonks, slappy’s, you name it this thing can handle it. The flex isn’t so much it impedes it and the rocker isn’t so much it makes them rediculous.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to start the day with a hot lap down some fresh corduroy, then go get some pow turns, and finish the day off hot lapping the park killing it.
Personal Thoughts: This board was so much fun to ride I really don’t want to send it back. My only gripe is I wish I’d gotten a 55 instead. You name the terrain this board could handle it with ease and come back asking for more. From spring sludge days at Bear hitting hips and jibbing vans to Beaver Creek riding pow in the trees I had a blast. It was a true quiver of one type of deck which sometimes gets lost in this world.
What They Say: Arbor’s on-mountain rocker design for riders who readily transition from one terrain or riding style to another: built for reliable all-aspect performance in the deep pow, tight trees, technical steeps, or carve-able groomers.
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