Ok, looks like I got some time now. I have a 2010/11 arbor roundhouse full camber, directional twin, 163W. Im 6ft 220 lbs size 10.5 boots I bought it after my second day out after my 1st lesson. I do not know what level u r riding at, Or what u have been riding, but this is an "Intermediate/Advanced" riders board.
The 2012/13 Roundhouse CX IS I believe a full camber deck as well, but it has the addition of the grip tech which mine does not. Unless they've radically changed other aspects of the '12/13 design, these r very stiff, heavy boards. The extra length in the nose gives it more flex n float in fresh the tail is much stiffer but can still ollie n pop. I had to learn to ride mine with very technically "Proper" technique as with the full camber, it doesn't suffer "sloppy" riding.
I have only been riding for two n half seasons. Since late Jan. 2011 so I have obviously ridden this board in some of the "Worst" conditions MI. can serve up!
Slab ice, Icy hardpack, inconsistant snow, (...mixed decent HP with ice,) late spring slush n crud, as well as a couple of weekends worth of Nice packed groomers n even a day or two of several inches of Fresh. It is really a pretty good all around board. Hard to say too much against it. The addition of grip tech in the new models would tend to make it an even better choice for the crap we get around here.
Having said all that, it isn't an easy board to ride. If you ride really loose or sloppy, it WILL punish you!! But I learned how to snowboard on it n I'm still here. I managed to learn how to ride switch on it despite being directional n with a large set back stance. I learned to butter, spin and even managed a few "1 inch ollies" on it!
So it can b done.
I love mine. It loves to go fast in great conditions n holds a good line in the same. It does well on ice, (..probably do better if I wasn't such a puss about goin that fast on ice!). Grip tech version should do better still.
Lastly, because it was such an advanced, harder to ride right board,.. Now that I am getting on different (...profile, skill level, and shorter length,) boards,..
They feel EASY by comparrison. Skills n tricks that were hard to learn on the Arbor, r relatively easy on these other boards!!!
Learn to ride the Arbor right? And you will definitely become a better boarder!
(...So, Leo, Dave, Sabatoa, How'd I do for my first real revue here?)