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Old 01-30-2009, 07:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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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.
Totally disagree. Everyone I know that has an Arbor, including myself, rides HARD. We've got a variety of models/years as I listed previously. Everyone agrees that they are solid/durable boards.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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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
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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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.
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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. =)
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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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.
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