On any big-mountain terrain, this Arbor Snowboard is in its element.
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Wow is all I could say when I got this board so nice looking. Wow is all I could say after my first run, wow is this board made of glass... The top sheet is a work of art but more time should have been taken to engineer a more durable board. I have had boards fall of snow board racks with no damage taken, not this board it fell of the rack when I stopped for lunch and it made the factory wax bubble on the point of impact by 1/2"... I could not believe this! When riding down a slope with some loose rocks in the middle of the run (rocks were smaller then 1" it took the most damage I have ever done to a snowboard and I own quite a few (Ride, Burton, Lamar, and some free boards)). This board is probably one of the best boards I have ridden hands down but I don't think it will hold up to all mountain riding, you go into the trees and clip one expect epic damage, don't even look towards the terrain park... The durability for a $495 snowboard is not there and Arbor won't even try to back their snowboard. I think if you wanted some nice wall art this would be a $495 dollars well spent. If you want an "Expert Quality" snowboard that will last multiple seasons look some other place.
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The Arbor Element was my first board, and I can say that it is truly an "All-Mountain" snowboard. There is a decent amount of flex to forgive, and if you get a chance to ride a pow-day on this board you'll be stoked. The Element is also possibly the best looking deck ever produced. The koa wood top is stunning! The '07 bottom with the Hawaiian Island chain is simply 'classic'. After selling off my Arbor Mystic, I was back on my ol' Element and I've ridden pretty much every terrain except rails with it. I would recommend this board for any single quiver owners looking for a versatile snowboard , or a dedicated pow-board.
Rode the board a whole week in Mammoth and it was just awesome!
Arbor Element snowboard 155
i recently got this board alongside with a pair of burton p1 one bindings. i ski a lot in the northeast especially vermont, i got to test it out from the 13th to the 30th which experienced a large variance in conditions. first this was powder, pakced powder, and then ice. the board held its own in each of these conditions. I never lost my edge one time in all my boarding. the board is also a very stable board, it is much wider then the burton custom. while is was up there my bro demoed a new burton custom and i got to ride that a little. the custom felt more aggresive and definitly lighter, but i also feel it is also isnt stable at times which could lead to unnecessary wipeouts at fast conditions. as far as jumping goes the custom is def lighter and u can get more air, but the arbor does not disappoint in this category either, the board has alot of flex to it, which can give you a nice pop. there is also the way it looks, but that shouldn't play into a factor when purchasing your board. overall i would say this is a good board that gives you a fast, very responsive, and very stable board in the arbor element