Arbor is a brand that has been instrumental in proving you can build an environmentally friendly product that doesn’t suck. In their park line of boards featuring their Park System is the Westmark. Here’s how it stacked up to some laps this past early season at Loveland.
Board: Arbor Westmark
Camber Option: The Park System. Center reverse camber with Griptech sidecut giving 2 contact points under each foot.
Bindings: Flux SF 45
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: Sunny skies with a few clouds and a nice temperature right around 32 degrees.
Preconceived Notions: The Coda fucking destroys it for all-mountain use. The Westmark is supposed to be a slightly softer twin.
Flex: Middle of the road park flex so you can jib or jump and not have too much sacrifices in either areas. The tips are a tad bit softer compared to the middle section.
Stability: Riding through chop and across worn out groomers this board was as stable as they come. Even on edge it didn’t have any issues.
Ollies/Pop: Extremely snappy off rollers and on to jibs. You could just load up the tail and know you were going up into the air without any effort.
Butterability: Real playful in the tips. Spinning around and just general Tom Foolery came easy to this deck.
Cruising: The Griptech does its job and allows you to steer right from under your feet. On edge you can really rail a turn and not have to worry about it skipping out or lacking with its grip.
Jibbing: The tips have a solid sweet spot for when you land into presses and everything else is solid due to it having alternative camber.
Rider in Mind: High end park dominator that will make the whole mountain their bitch. Or someone that finds the Coda too stiff and the Draft too soft.
Personal Thoughts: Now I own a Coda in a 57 and love it for all-mountain use and have found it to be a truly amazing board that excels in the park. But when hopping on this thing I was instantly blown away and wished I had been given this board earlier in the year to demo compared to the Coda it was like having my prayers answered for a center reverse camber twin that could handle the mountain.
What They Say: A multidimensional rocker design for park-oriented riders who utilize the whole mountain; the Westmark delivers critical pop, durability, and control, with a higher level of jump, spin, slide, press, and on-edge performance.