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Old 12-27-2012, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any experience or whatever with these boards, particularly with the wasteland or a-frame? Been riding Libs for over a decade and wish I could afford another this year, but my local shop is selling all Arbors for $299.
The tech and reviews I have found seem pretty good, but I'd love to hear from people from here.
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Anyone have any experience or whatever with these boards, particularly with the wasteland or a-frame? Been riding Libs for over a decade and wish I could afford another this year, but my local shop is selling all Arbors for $299.
The tech and reviews I have found seem pretty good, but I'd love to hear from people from here.
Wow all Arbors for 299? Must be last year's or the year before gear. But ether way that is a good price. I picked up my Arbor Element CX (camber) for 299 and my Arbor Cascade (rocker similar to Element RX) for about the same. Both I got as last year's model. What type of riding are you doing? If they have an Element RX those are pretty sweet good all mountain attacker.
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and is it the rockered or cambered Wasteland?
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i have a 2010-2011 Westmark. Great board and I love how it rides. The grip tech works pretty well on ice without that weird feeling the magnetraction gives you. They're IMO one of the few companies that can put out a true rocker board that still rides very close to a regular camber board. You can't go wrong with one.

Only issue I have is the durability doesn't seem to be there. After a season of use the top sheet was pocked with chips pretty much all over. The base also seems to be very soft as I've had to base weld it twice when i took deep cuts into it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ill mostly be free riding in the trees looking for pow, and almost no park cept the odd pipe run.
Not sure if its rocket or camber or last years or 2013's. They just say stepchilds and arbors reg $399 - $750 all for $299. just wanted to know if I should get exited or not. Gonna think about it till the weekend.

Sucks the durability sounds like it could be better, but seems like performance and price might outweigh that a little.
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I've got a solid season on my westmark and have had no durability issues, just a couple nicks on the top sheet, it's lasted better than my capita I had the year before.
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Arbors are sweet boards! I had a couple Mystics, a Coda, and an Element in the past. Haven't tried their newer RX boards, but I hear/read they're great. Either way, Arbor boards are quality, and that sounds like a great price.
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i think the durability is hit or miss enough that it might just be a case of bad luck on the part of those who report it. all i know is i've ridden my other board, a 2011-2012 Gnu's Riders Choice much harder (about 70% runs in the glades, jibbing off sides, etc.) for a season and aside from needing wax and some dings on the tip and tail from the lack of a metal edge there, the base is completely intact. this was during a very weak winter season too.

but at best this is anecdotal. you can't go wrong with the price. if you don't run into durability issues, great. if you do, well it's not like you're breaking the bank. win-win for you.
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I love my Arbor but have to agree on the base being soft in comparison to my Smokin. After a few days riding on the Arbor, the base has cuts and gouges. The Smokin base after 30 days riding is still solid with no gouges, only scratches.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys, think I'm gonna pull the trigger and pick one up tonight or tomorrow if they have the right size and model. Yea for that price I figured I couldn't go wrong. Time for the dark series to retire to rock board, and hopefully that will keep the arbor base ship shape for a few seasons.
Trying to not get too stoked till I know what they got in stock.
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