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Old 12-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm narrowing down the boards to what I'm going to buy. I'm 5'8'' 157 pounds and have a size 9-9.5 shoe. This is going to be mostly a groomer board, will use it to do some butters, hitting some rollers and doing some small to medium sized jumps. No rails, boxes or half-pipe. I snowboard mostly in Michigan (not the best...I know).

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Ride Machete or Machete GT (not entirely sure on the difference).
Arbor Formula
Arbor Whiskey
Arbor Westmark
Flow Rush
Yes Jackpot
K2 Happy Hour (Found a deal on 2013 model for $270.)

Any opinions or things I should consider? Thoughts on those brands and the boards? I've been trying to narrow it down but it's kinda overwhelming. Can't really figure out the big differences between the Arbors (I absolutely love the way they look) or how good of boards they are, I wasn't too familiar with the brand before a few weeks ago.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Edit: Forgot to mention I'm an intermediate to advanced rider. Currently Riding a Forum Warrior snowboard with C-60 bindings (can't remember what boots I'm on). It's a pretty stiff camber board but lots of fun, just need something different now and want to get more into freestyle as mentioned above.

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The machete's are pretty stiff boards, the next beeing the happyhour, the whiskey and westmark ride very similar but the whiskey is a bit stiffer inside the bindings and has a different tip shape for better float in powder more of a all mountain freestyle than a play around freestyle. The yes jackpot is a bit softer than the westmark but has a bit of camber to it.

I think the westmark is closest to what you are looking for, everyone who rides one has liked it from what i've heard. Arbor makes really good boards

I bought a salomon villain for the same purposes you mentioned, the salomon assassin is to the villain like the whiskey is to the westmark.
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Awesome thanks for the advice and tips!

How about the Arbor Formula? I'm finding this board is more for beginners but was wondering how it compares. Thanks again!
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If price is the issue i would get that deal on the happy hour instead of the formula any day.
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My riding will probably be mostly 50% groomers while hitting rollers on the way, 30% butters, and 20% jumps if that helps narrow things down as well.

Also I'm reading some reviews about arbor boards breaking down and getting chewed up pretty fast. Any input??
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So I've narrowed it down between the arbor westmark, arbor whiskey, salomon villain and the k2 happy hour (2013 model). I'm worried that the Happy Hour won't butter well but every review I see says it's a fun board. I'm trying to decide on the size if I get the K2 Happy Hour as the sale ends today so I have to decide if I want this board or not. Thanks again!
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I thought the Westmark felt dead compared to the Coda. The Coda had more spring/pop in it. I don't do rails. Mostly micro jumps but launching off of hits, natural features etc. the Coda was immensely more fun to me.
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Awesome, thanks for the advice everyone. I'm going to go with the K2 Happy Hour due to costs and I think it'll fit my purposes well. Now I'm trying to decide between 151 and 154. Thoughts?
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the 54 will be perfect.
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the 54 will be perfect.
Can I ask if this is a satirical comment above?

I don't know this deck but even with a really good description from the OP can one say with any sort of certainty that 154 is the 'perfect' size?
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