Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hacienda Heights, CA
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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. =)