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The MSRP for the standard board is $399
Available sizes: 143, 147, 150, 153, 155, 158
THE ARBOR SYSTEM
A FUSION OF INTERDEPENDENT TECHNOLOGIES THAT SUPPORT TRUE-ROCKER PERFORMANCE
Arbor offers The System to provide riders with an amazing amount of edge hold in a rocker design that preserves the full range of performance associated with true-rocker shapes. We did this by perfecting the true-rocker profile (Parabolic Rocker), while building in real edge control through a unique sidecut (Grip Tech). In our opinion, the award winning “System” has proven to be the best rocker design yet offered.
This design is built on the JIB System, which utilizes a flex and shape that are specifically tuned to JIB and street oriented riding.
OTHER FEATURES & TECHNOLOGY
Power Ply Topsheet
Bio - Film
Unblended Progressive – Grip-tech
Rhythm Rails Side Walls
Butter Glass – Biax over Biax layup
Sumo Stance - 2X4 14-PACKS Inserts
Two Year Warranty
Overall Length: 147 cm
Construction: The System Rocker
Effective Edge: 113.4 cm
Sidecut: 8.4m / 7.5m / 8.4m unblended
Nose Width: 27.6cm
Waist Width: 23.6cm
Tail Width: 27.6cm
Nose/Tail Length: 19.3 cm
Stance Range: A lot.
Weight Range: 98lb (44kg) to 178lb (81kg)
Boot: DC Park 9.5, regular laces
Binding: Flux RK30, size M
Stance: Regular, 23.0", 15/-15
Rider Skill: Freeride and Freestyle Intermediate
Wax: Hertel Super Hot Sauce
Conditions: Mashed potatoes and 42 then a freakish cold front came in and dropped it 15 degrees in a matter of 90 minutes. Into night conditions. Day and night riding at Blue on Sunday.
Philosophy of Use: Jibstick, urban shredding, park riding, cruising.
Definite a soft stick meant for park cruising, jibbing and urban riding. This is the most jibberish board in the Icon collection and uses the System rocker technology.
Sidecut/Manuverability: Everything from the Westmark (http://www.snowboardingforum.com/equ...ark-150-a.html
) applies. So much fun, so dialed.
The sidecut is pretty deep on this but it still can do medium radius carves well especially on smooth textures (fresh courd).
The softer, bronze edges gave me some doubt at first, but they held up ok. I could get the same levels of grip as the steel edges on the Westmark, but probably a bit less. You'd have to ride them side by side to notice. Would they handle full panic heel edge stops as well? Not on anything hardpack. If you have good edge control, they won't be a problem. Which leads me to my next point; why even bother with bronze edges? I didn't feel any advantages hitting any of the hand rail or down bars set up. Only welded, miter cut rails in street situations might hang you up but I don't think bronze edges are going to help you there. You'd have to file those, regardless. So just use steel edges. They offer better wear resistance, anyway.
The nice thing is they did chamfer the edge 90 degree edge off the nose/tail at about 45, 1/16" chamfer, so you don't have to detune the nose or tail.
Stability/Damping: Very lively underfoot but handled charging jumps and stomping landings fine. As long as you stick to smooth textures, you're fine. Going fast over ripples, ridges and other stuff that forms is strongly recommended ... if you want to crash. For park cruising and just messing around on groomed greens and blues (even blacks, depending on the texture) it's fun stuff. I went down some steeper boilerplate and while not exactly a bomber, it had predictable and approachable limits.
Flex/Snap: Soft. Really soft. Horroscope/Artifact Rocker/WWW/Swindle soft. Riding 2 foot 5-0's everywhere is doable. Torsional flex is equally soft but doesn't give as much as you might worry about which is nice because it makes buttering around on the contact points less teeter-tottery. You can combo butters on thing like you're playing Guile in SF2.
Snap is ... well, it's good but it's not powerful. If you try to cheater ollie and just pogo stick out of your tail presses, you aren't going to be going anywhere. You really have to ollie it like a skateboard and as your are getting light, snap the spot right outside the bindings. If you do this, you can get enough to easily clear your feature. It came off the lip kinda meh, but just hit it with the right speed and pop it with both feet and you will be going over the knuckle pretty easily.
Base: I hate extruded bases but this one is ok. I rode over some rocks, gravel and some other stuff and it held up fine. However, since this board is $399 and the new Westmark is coming down in price to match, they should really give it the rocket base from Westie.
Other note: Fun but more limited than the Westmark. Do not downsize on this one, it makes it kind of hard to find the balance point for buttering if you go short. Honestly, I'd have a hard time recommending this over the Westmark to anyone who doesn't do really specific type of riding, and those people already know who they are. But as a snowboard, this thing inherits all the good stuff about the Westmark and sort of adds a new spin to it, or vice versa, since the Draft came out first. This is a great board and one I'm happy to have in my quiver.