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10-20-2009 12:36 PM
davis Another vote for the ALT (although I believe its renamed "Coda" now). I've got a 158 (6'0"/180lb) and love it in all conditions. The topsheet is all beauty, the base is all business. The Element (Koa topsheet) feels slightly stiffer to me. As other have said, Arbor doesn't make a bad board, but ask your doctor which Arbor is right for you.
10-20-2009 05:59 AM
I3urtonfeind I dont know why the Element hasnt been mentioned here. the 09 161 alt wide is a great all-mountain board. I'm 6'0 220 lbs and That board has been my first choice for a while.

Arbor Element Alt 161
04-06-2009 09:55 PM
poopypants thanks all, i didn't get the board. looking i am board ride for. sometimes i like to go bathroom in my pants
03-28-2009 10:06 PM
visibleinks
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uhh freeride I guess, not much park, I just go down the mountain doin whatever. I love powder, but who doesn't... My main questions now are; what kind of things, structurally, make this board undesireable in undesireable conditions?? What parts of the Abacus make it not as versitle as the Roundhouse or A-Frame, or any board? Has anyone had a 1st hand experience with it? I don't want to base whether or not I buy this board on the handful of reviews I can find online..I want to know why it doesn't perform as well as other boards in mixed conditions..Thanks again, Grant

The biggest difference will be the 2 inch setback. That lets the nose float through the powder but otherwise your stance will be a bit too far back. If you are going to just freeride it won't be as big of a deal than when you venture into the park.

But again - at size 13 boot you will probably have overhang and probably toe drag regardless if you buy a powder board or not.
03-28-2009 09:23 PM
poopypants uhh freeride I guess, not much park, I just go down the mountain doin whatever. I love powder, but who doesn't... My main questions now are; what kind of things, structurally, make this board undesireable in undesireable conditions?? What parts of the Abacus make it not as versitle as the Roundhouse or A-Frame, or any board? Has anyone had a 1st hand experience with it? I don't want to base whether or not I buy this board on the handful of reviews I can find online..I want to know why it doesn't perform as well as other boards in mixed conditions..Thanks again, Grant
03-28-2009 07:34 PM
visibleinks Go with a wideboard at size 13. I have the Roundhouse and love it but it leans towards freeride a bit.

What is your riding style?
03-27-2009 05:07 PM
Dave Legacy I'm thinking Wasteland 159. It will give you a little bit of everything and it's a nice ride. I don't think I'd go any bigger than sz. 13 on a mid-wide though.
03-27-2009 03:58 PM
T.J.
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Arbors are quality boards. My husband, who is close to your size, has the Roundhouse, which he absolutely loves. He's an ex-surfer, so he loves the surf-inspired topsheets and the way the board rides. He prefers riding in the trees, but wishes he had something smaller and more flexible for jumps.

If you are interested in Arbor, I would suggest getting a board that is more versatile than the Abacus. Consider the Wasteland, which is a mid-wide and the Roundhouse, which is the widest Arbor. Keep in mind that the Roundhouse is a VERY stiff, fast board.
good advice. i think even the a-frame would work, but yeah prolly best to stay away from the abacus.
03-27-2009 01:10 PM
lilfoot1598 Arbors are quality boards. My husband, who is close to your size, has the Roundhouse, which he absolutely loves. He's an ex-surfer, so he loves the surf-inspired topsheets and the way the board rides. He prefers riding in the trees, but wishes he had something smaller and more flexible for jumps.

If you are interested in Arbor, I would suggest getting a board that is more versatile than the Abacus. Consider the Wasteland, which is a mid-wide and the Roundhouse, which is the widest Arbor. Keep in mind that the Roundhouse is a VERY stiff, fast board.
03-27-2009 06:34 AM
T.J. i was looking at this board a little while back when sierra had it on sale. It is a powder board. so if you plan on riding a lot of groomers you might want to keep looking.
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