|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|02-06-2009 02:24 AM|
|Triple8Sol||I would've gone with last year's Westmark. I hate the graphics on this year's. Rogue Status and their graphics are so lame. Looks aside, glad you're happy with it though...it should prove to be a good board.|
|02-04-2009 11:30 PM|
I finally got to ride my brand new 2009 Arbor Westmark 159. This is the first time I've owned a snowboard, but I've rented for at least 6 seasons over the last 13 or so years... it was TIME!
Rentals have mostly been all-mountain boards both wide and standard width so the first thing I noticed was the Westmark's flexability. The pop is significantly greater, especially off the nose, from the boards I have ridden in the past. I found if exceptionally forgiving on the landings even on air w/poor form which I was certain would result in a spill. The flex of directional twin design is noticeable, but not in a bad way. I was uncertain if I'd like it or not until I took it up on a single diamond run and didn't feel at all out of place.
The Westmark is a mid-wide and I find that it's perfect for a size 12 boot guys like myself, but I wonder if it's not too narrow for sz. 14+. What I enjoyed most is that it doesn't feel like a boat the way the Burton Mayhem Wide did when I rode it. I also enjoy the urethane sidewalls. I blasted out an edge on a hard impact on one of the burtons I had rented, but that doesn't seem like it would have happened on this board. The last neat perk I enjoy is the matte black finish on the topcoat which make riding stomp pad-less pretty convenient (however I did decide to add Dakine Pyramid Studs).
I can't say much about durability yet, but I'm hoping the urethane packed sidewalls help keep the topsheet from peeling back. I had high expectations and so far the board has exceeded them. On the other hand I really dig the Rome Lo-Fi my wife just bought and would be interested in trying one out at some point, or one of the Bataleons as a dedicated jib board... I don't feel this is a very suitable for hardcore jibbage. =)
|02-04-2009 02:34 PM|
|benjoewoo||Well why not consider the K2 darkstar? While not one of the two boards you originally listed I think it's a fair match up? maybe even a rocker like the turbo dream if you buy it online will be about the same price.|
|02-01-2009 09:49 AM|
|fossilX||arbor boards have great reviews, but the use is limited becuase of their style direction with their top and bottom sheets, ei: more natural wood colors, not as eye catchy patterns|
|02-01-2009 06:31 AM|
Originally Posted by ttchad View Post
|01-30-2009 07:42 AM|
I've got an older Heritage that holds up like a tank, but recently I've seen two 08 Arbors that have been seriously damaged by minor incidents.
The Westmark I saw had a 1" by 3" spot on the bottom of the board between the bindings that looked like the interior of the board had just collapsed. Don't know if this is representative of a defect or what, but at these prices I'd wait around for some more opinions.
|01-30-2009 05:45 AM|
|ttchad||I like my Arbor Roundhouse alot. I do have to warn you though. They are delicate. I had 10 days on mine when it fell over and I got a major split in the top sheet. I can feel a bulge on the base where the crack is also. I had it leaning against the car while packing up to leave. Their should not have been any noticable damage from that incident.|
|01-30-2009 02:35 AM|
|Triple8Sol||Just keep in mind that the Westmark is a softer board, so better for a lighter rider, or the park rider.|
|01-29-2009 11:35 PM|
|mbesp||I am considering picking up a westmark as well. It would be great to hear how this goes for you.|
|01-23-2009 03:53 AM|
|Triple8Sol||Arbors are awesome boards. Lots of people have been riding them for a long time. You don't see them as often though, maybe because they tend to have classier graphics and don't feature bright eyesore colors. My buddy has been riding a Westmark since last year and absolutely raves about it. I had a Mystic in the quiver last year, another friend rides a Mystic also, another guy has a Roundhouse, yet another rides an ALT, and still another has an Element. So...that's 6 just out of people I ride with on a regular basis.|
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