Two and a half years ago I bought my first new board. It was a NS Heritage. Before then, I'd just rode rentals, friends' beater boards, and shit I found for cheap on CraigsList.
That NS is still kicking it strong with very minimal damage - not a single shot that has required any work at all. Still not a drop of p-tex used on that board. The same is true for my Evo that I picked up halfway through last season. The Heritage probably has 50 days on it and the Evo probably 30. Both look like they have a few days on them.
Earlier this year I snagged an Arbor Element off of CL for dirt cheap. I've always loved the Arbor top sheets and had heard good things about them as far as build and durability. I was a little leery after seeing a couple that were mauled at some REI garage sales, but the price was too good to pass up.
at Arbor's durability compared to NS. After 7 days I've already patched 3 core shots and the overall base and top sheet are in much worse condition than either of my NS boards. It's a CL bargain, so whatever, but if I'd bought that board new I'd be super pissed. Needless to say my fascination with Arbor is over. Fun board and nice to ride, I have nothing bad to say about the way the board rides, but if it was my only board it wouldn't make it through a full season.
Last edited by linvillegorge; 12-18-2010 at 04:18 AM.
Yep. I've had some hits on both my Heritage and Evo where it damn near jarred the teeth out of my head and I thought I'd really jacked it up. I don't even give it a moment's pause anymore. I know it's alright.
I've only ridden my SL three days, but I'm 100% with ya. I got into some really nasty low coverage at Whistler last weekend and was sure I got to the core at one point. Negative, just a couple minor nicks in the base. I couldn't believe it. Consider me a believer now.
I took a nasty gash out of my EVO last season on ice/rocks. It was right at the steel edge too. The shop guy said that if it were any other board it probably would have torn the edge off. The edge held nice and strong, didn't budge a millimeter. Cheers to NS durability.
Ride an NS with a yellow base you'll be like WTF this thing is weak. That dark colored ptex i.e. the black is some of the strongest I've ever ridden. As far as Arbor it's a high end sintered base that's soft as hell. 1 rock 7 core shots on my coda this preseason.
I wonder if Arbor has changed their base materials? On my old Mystic, and a few friend's Arbors from a few seasons ago (Roundhouse, Mystic, Westmark, Element) we found the bases to hold up pretty well. That was when they used to have the structurn base.