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I normally ride a wide board but see that...
I normally ride a wide board but see that backcountry doesn't carry the Arbor Roundhouse, which is Arbor’s wide board. I'm 6'6", 215-220 lbs. with all my gear on, and a size 13.5 boot. Is the 166 too small? Should I just petition backcountry to start stocking the Roundhouse?
you should probably just look elsewhere because you definitly need a wide board. Backcountry doesnt usually respond to petition haha
Im looking into buying a board to convert...
Im looking into buying a board to convert into a split for touring/mountaineering and backcountry only. Should I go with the A-Frame or Element? I'll be carrying 50+lbs. pack and gear on a trip to Mt. Elbrus for an 8,000 ft descent and have no experience with a split other than holding one. (venture, which seems entirely too heavy)
I agree with Kev, don't sacrifice an Arbor board for a split. Look into your convo. kit for a split to see if they have a suggestion. If your first tracking, you got to get skins, plus a big pow board should do you no harm on the descent.
If I could afford a prior I wouldn't be looking for an a-frame or an element to convert! Thank you for your answers but they dont answer my question.
I wanted a new board, so I decided to demo every board I could. I tested boards from Ride, Burton, Arbor, and a couple others. I rode 14 boards in on day! The first was the A-Frame. I rode it for a few runs and thought 'wow!' Fast, responsive, does EXACTLY what you tell it to do. Then came the other 13 boards. The Burtons were okay (the new customs sucked, but the custom x was nice) I really wanted to like the day's last board, a Ride timeless. That board is a heavy floppy unmanageable mess. Thinking it was just me being tired, I went back for a last run on the A-Frame. Guess what? See above for a recap of the experience. Even after 13 other boards and a day of hard riding, I was fresh as a daisy on the A-Frame. I'm a convert.
This board gives me the goosebumps!
All I can say is WOW. This board does an amazing job on steeps, tree runs, bowls, chutes, cliffs, groomers, and of course deep powder! I just had an epic day at my local mtn (Crystal Mountain, WA). Tons of fresh and the board handle like a champ! I was carving hard and fast on fresh tracks through chutes and trees and the board handle heel and toe side with ease. I was literally getting the goosebumps. lol This board will push you to your limits. I believe to get the greatest experience with this board you will def need to be an expert and have pretty stiff bindings. I ride a 162 with vans BFB boots and the old skool Burton Missions from 2004 but with the upgrade Skyback, ankle and cap strap. Great combo!
I've been drooling over this board for...
I've been drooling over this board for quite some time but can not decide whether to go with the 154 or 158. I'm 6', 170 lbs. and an advanced rider. Will I gain any speed or control going with the 158 over the 154? Suggestions?
you will get more speed and stability with the longer board...but you will get more control and manuverablility with the shorter board
6' 170 lbs.
You really should be considering a 162 or a 166. unless your only focus in meat hucking, even then at you height a 162 will help you stomp it, with little spin effect.
I would say go for the 158 or larger. You will gain stability, and therefore, speed.
Get the 166..
I'm 5'10" 225lbs ride burton frontier supermodel 175cm, get off that short crap ride big. all you need to do is become more aggressive. bumps & trees will be fine might need a little learning curve. I just snagged this same board 170cm from REi for 41% off I love back country.com but you need to get a little more aggressive in discounts you know with this poor economy
I'm trying to decide betweent he Arbor...
I'm trying to decide betweent he Arbor A-Frame and the Arbor Element. I'll be using the board a few days a year out west, a few days a year in the east. I'm an advanced boarder and I spend most of my time in the trees, backcountry, and on bumps. I never venture into the park.I'm 6'-0" 170lbs, so I'm thinking the 161 Element or the 162 A-Frame. Suggestions?
I recommend the Element. It is a great all around board - I have one that I've turned into a split for the backcountry, and one that I ride in resort. They are poppy and responsive and stiff enough to hold up on the steeps. While the A-Frame is totally awesome looking - it may be a little stiff for what you want to do. The A-Frame will probably really work you in the trees and on the bumps. But for big/deep backcountry lines the A-Frame will be top notch... Overall, the Element is good for all around shredding.
Awesome, simply awesome
Great, great board to push to the limits, super fast, loads of pop, carves like a scalpel and no chatter at speed.
Problem: A French Skier wiped me out and took a kingsized wedge out of the top sheet and (heartbreakingly) through the wood. Anyone know how i can get this sealed up and treated? Retard broke my shoulder as well but when it comes to the A Frame it's all about the board!!
I spend the majority of my time on a board...
I spend the majority of my time on a board in the trees and on the bumps. Does anyone know how this board performs in that type of terrain?
James:I have an '07 A-frame and spend almost 100% of the time in the trees and backcountry powder. The A-frame is an absolute razor and goes exactly where you point it, without apology. I'm 5-11, 180# and the 162cm is perfect in thet trees and gets excellent float in freshies. As for the bumps, the sharp handling will definitely keep you on your toes as it demnads very sharp attention (and well-rested legs). The A-frame rewards confidence in the bumps as it is super-stiff, but if you don't like super-stiff boards or are a relative newbie, it's the wrong board for you. Add to the above that it's wicked light when carried on my back hiking up AND that it's literally a work of art, I really can't imagine riding anything else now that my A-frame's in its third season. (BTW: people always comment on the board, even skiers. It's a beaut.) The construction has old school handmade class. For me, in the trees and powder/backcountry, it's perfect. Hope this helps! Peace, Eric
My old Rome board cracked down the side...
My old Rome board cracked down the side and I've been looking at the A-Frame. I rode on a 55-Agent (which is 155 I believe). I am trying to decide which length of the A-Frame to buy. I have read that it is really easy to turn, so maybe I will go for the next step up above the 154, which is a 158, or I could just go 1 cm lower from a 155 to a 154. I also weigh 150-160, 5'8 Is this all preference? What will the longer board give me besides stability? Any help would be much appreciated.
I am 5'8" 165lb and went for 158 and i would recommend it, turns on a sixpence. Go big, go fast.
Just recently picked up the a-frame with the help and guidance of my boy Terry "the butter spreader" K, and absolutely love it. Super fast and holds high speeds with NO chatter. Carves like no other and great plowing through the pow pow! As for the looks, just a beautiful piece of art. I got compliments all day on the mountain from other envious riders. Stoked on re board!!!
I've heard that the board is sometimes too...
I've heard that the board is sometimes too fast. Is this true?
Hell yeah this is too fast! wait, what is too fast? This will keep you rocking at high speeds and still is able to keep control. It is one of the best bases out there and is meant for all mountain cruising. If you are looking for a beginners board this is not the one. Ditto the above 100%. Super-stiff, definitely not a beginner's board. Will absolutely slice and dice in the trees and powder and sets an edge in corduroy like nothing else I've ever ridden. Recommend for advanced to expert riders due to its speed and stiffness. --E.
what eric said. get it. really