If soft and flexible is a prerequisite for a jib deck, then this board fits the bill perfectly. With a blunted out shape tweaking gypsy grabs was awesome as well as laying hard into presses. The award for most psychedelic graphics definitely goes to this deck as well. So if you’re a gypsy jibber that listens to the Grateful Dead you just might like this.
Board: Arbor Draft
Camber Option: Reverse from the center
Bindings: K2 Formula
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Keystone, Breckenridge, and A basin
Conditions: Snowing hard, bluebird, slush, hardpacked, light pow
Preconceived Notions: I had ridden this board before at Loveland but wanted to see how it handled off some bigger jumps that didn’t remind me of something from the mid 90’s. I knew this deck was going to be flexible as hell.
Flex: Super soft and jib oriented.
Stability: Charging you’ll feel every bump in the terrain and get the speed death flap of doom.
Ollies/Pop: The tail would fold a bit when you would pop and cause it to not snap as well as the Coda. On jumps in the 25 foot range it would want to wash out if you landed tail heavy due to the flex.
Butterability: This is where it excelled more than any other aspect. You could bend, flex, and twist this board to your every whim.
Cruising: This board steers right under foot because of the unblended progressive sidecut which creates 2 contact points right under foot. Think of it like riding a longboard with loose trucks you would just lean in to the turn and there you go it was initiating.
Jibbing: Much like Buttering this was this decks other strong suit. The bronze edges wouldn’t catch on jibs and you could use that to your advantage when hammering down on a rail. Pressing was over the top on this thing you could bend the board in half.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid.
Personal Thoughts: This board was too soft for my style and bronze edges just don’t remain sharp like a steel edge. Over all if I was just doing fuck around butter tricks or jibbing nothing but urban stuff I’d rock this on the daily. I did love the more blunted out nose and tail due to it creating a wider flat spot to let you press the shit out of it.
What They Say: A jib-specific rocker board for street-style riders whose focus is rails, boxes, and naturals, or urban assaults; The Draft is the perfect platform for kinking or pressing any feature with a buttery, forgiving feel that supports spin tricks.