Ssss ... boink ... whoomp ... oh yeah.
- Parabolic Rocker features more rocker from the center to the binding mounts with less rocker to the tip and tail to ensure solid contact during turn initiation while allowing a skate-like ride
- Wood Power Ply topsheet is made from multiple layers of wood veneer instead of fiberglass to reduce weight, cut back on nasty chemicals, and add pop and durability
- Grip Tech tri-radial sidecut design creates additional contact points under foot for enhanced edge control that complements the rocker profile
- Blunt Robusto Tips support street-style riding with improved press and butter performance
- Medicine Core utilizes sustainably-produced poplar wood to provide a playful, durable, and powerful ride
- Softer bronze edges provide clean, catch-free rail performance
- Fusion Base's super light and easy-to-repair extruded material
- Artwork by Haunted Euth; check it out at hauntedeuth.com
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The sickest but gets tore up
Sickest board ive ever ridden. came from riding a skate but those have been getting stiffer over the years. The flex on this board is where its at! the rocker is essential and the grip tech is so sick and logical. The only bad thing about this board is that the base and the top sheet get wrecked! If you ride a lot then this probably wont last more than a season. but it will be one steezy season
Good, but limited
This board is good for jibbing, hitting smaller kickers and buttering up the mountain but that's about it. In anything but glass smooth snow, forget it. This thing has no damping which makes it great for jibbing (good feedback, feel under foot) but on anything like chowder, chunder or mashed potatoes it will work your legs something fierce. That makes approaching jumps really awkward and uncomfortable.
Overall, get the Westmark. It's pretty playful too but it can plow through choppy conditions much better so when the park turns to spring corn, you can still send it like you want.
Just got this bad boy from dogfunk. In my opinion it's the most fun you can have on a snowboard. It's a tad softer than my old skate banana but it also has more pop, probably because of the wood ply topsheet. The Griptech works wonders to the point that when I'm on edge it's hard to tell I'm on a reverse camber board. Prior to this I had this year's Capita Indoor Survival and I would hands down take the Draft over it.
luhh daat ishhttt
i got this board, but an older year. it is sick. others say it has no pop but idk what they are talking about. its a soft board that is alot of fun to play around on rails on. im 5'6 150 and got a 149.5 (probably shoulda gotten the 153 but whatever) good for about 40' jumps - anything bigger and it will get a bit squirrly at high speeds. this thing has a lot of edge control even tho it has those soft edges, and the 'grip tech' is money (riding nj and vt i see more ice than anyone would want to see)... this board has a real skate-y feel to it, which i like. anyway. buy last years model for cheap and you wont be disappointed.
I do like this board for the park, I really do, but the bottom scratches like crazy. The first time I rode this I got a gouge all the way to the core and cost me $60 bucks to repair. Other than all the scratches it is a good all around board, love the grip tech. Hope you remember this when you go out and buy it.
If you're looking to stay in the park all day...
then this board would be good for you. I bought the Draft in a 153 this year and have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how playful and easy going it is in the park and on chill corduroy. The continuous rocker is relaxed and forgiving and the flex pattern is nice and soft for pressing and playing. That's where the good stuff ends.
Grip Tech is a good idea, but it doesn't really work when you pair it with brass edges. The brass is simply too soft. When I take it through the hard choppy stuff and over ice, the edges just give out. Not enough edge hold. With that said, I guess that's not really what this board is made for in the first place. It also seems to get quite squirrely at speed. Also, probably predictable with a board of this type. The one thing that really needs to be improved is the pop. The soft flex pattern combined with the continuous rocker just eats away all the pop. I'm serious, this thing has almost zero pop. Arbor could do something like Ride does with their rocker and add pop rods to add pop in the future.
Overall, this is a good board for park days and easy groomer days. It doesn't handle all of the mountain very well. If you plan on riding a lot this year, I would recommend buying a different board if you want one board that does it all.
What size? im 160lbs and 5'8". i was...
What size? im 160lbs and 5'8". i was thinking about getting 153 but i dont know if it will hold up to jumps and more stuff all around the mountain.
Im 5'7 175 i got a 155 and its solid
Im 5'7 175 i got a 155 and its solid
I am really considering to buy this board!...
I am really considering to buy this board! I am 5'5 and about 136lbs. What size should I get? I have ridden on a 148 (stiff though), 151 (med), and 155 med.
your my size i would say the 143 forsure thats what i ride but i only weight 115
I have this and it scratches like crazy fyi
Nosepress with Arbor Draft 2009 model
Here's a photo of me doing a nosepress using Arbor Draft.
Great Board/ Great Value
I bought last years model of this board and I cant praise it enough. I am 5'10 about 75kgs, US 10 boot and bought a 153. It is super playful and really soft and easy to throw around. The rocker is great for manuals/ presses and in the pow I was surprised how well it floated with a wide stance.
The griptech works wonders as well, it holds an edge beautifully in hard packed and icy conditions. I also found that when spinning 360s or whatever, if I didn't land perfectly it would just throw me into a turn instead of skidding out.
The base is quick and it's great for picking up speed for jumps, but It does sketch out a bit when you pick up some speed going down the groomers. The longer models might be a bit better depending on your weight and height.
Its a really good progressive board for beginner/ intermediate park riders and it's awesome fun for messing around on.