Take your park tricks to the backcountry with the lone wolf Wasteland Snowboard.
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Always thought arbor had a cool look with the natural wood, so when I was looking for a new board a year ago, I couldn't resist the Wasteland.
I was kinda nervous getting a mid-wide because riding a wide board to me, is like wearing a condom, I can't feel shit. But the wasteland has great reflex and floats over powder to boot. Best of both worlds? I think so.
Pretty stiff board, super responsive and really lightweight; doesn't noodle around all that well, but has great pop. Perfect for hitting kickers, not the ultimate for boxes and rails.But as a freeride all mountain board, this thing murders every other board I've ever strapped on to. Maybe it's just me, but I'm not a fan of all the noodle boards that waffle down the mountian just so kids can do an easy steezy nose press.
Structurn base is nice keeping speed over flats, but seems to be a bit softer material than I'm use to. I've had gouges and core shots; many base repairs so far, probably it's fine, and could just be the conditions lately.
A chunk of the top sheet and inlay wood chipped off the first day I rode it, but since then only a few cracks, and its been fine. I'd say the top sheet is the weakest part of this boards design.
Also comes to me that its a tad bit over priced, but thats sort of how arbor is. They do maintain cool graphics that maintain an edge but dont look like neon day glo raver accessories. I'd rather look like a pirate, than a butt pirate.
Fortunately the overall of this board really overcomes its weaknesses, and really dominates on its competition. Its the only board I've liked enough to buy two of.
next up, illuminati... erm... darn it, nevermind.
hi is it possible to get a 163cm arbor...
hi is it possible to get a 163cm arbor wasteland?
these board is bada$$....can't say anything wrong to say about these board? this wasteland is the sickest board!!
I've waited a 3 months to write a review due to my topsheet started pealing off after the third time on the board .With no response from any phonecalls to Arbor.... So looks like now that the boards are on sale the money you save you better buy some epoxy. That said I gave 2 stars due to the board does ride awsome.
"Cant See" said it best...Masterpiece.
One of the sickest all mountain boards I have ever seen or ridden...period.
I've been looking at this board for a while, so when my last board gave up the ghost and backcountry.com hooked me up with a deal on this deck, I jumped on it. I'm about 150lbs., ride mostly in the North East, and my last two boards were a GNU Rider's Choice MTX 151.5 and a Ride DH 155. I rode this board in 20" of powder in the Pacific NW, the resulting heavy crud, and spring slush/ice conditions on the East. My current setup is: Arbor Wasteland 155, Ride NRc, Salomon F22. Now that the background information is out of the way, about the board:
The first thing you notice when you start checking out this board are the wood topsheet and the killer inlaid graphics w/ 5 types of wood. Holy shit, this board scores hard in the visuals department. Then you notice that it's called the 'Wasteland,' after TS Eliot's poem, "The Waste Land." Keeping this in mind, you'll notice that the art correlates with the concepts in the poem... Arbor totally outdid themselves on this end; I've never had a snowboard as mentally stimulating as this one. At this point, I already loved the board and I didn't even get to ride it yet.
Once I started to ride the board, all I could think was: "Damn, this board is smooth." The Wasteland doesn't really 'rip,' more accurately, it devours everything in it's path. It absorbs all the vibrations that come from the crap that you're riding over and returns a high-quality, finely-tuned ride. It's very smooth. Going from edge to edge takes a little bit more input than other boards, perhaps because the Wasteland is a mid-wide, but by the 3rd run on the board, I stopped noticing. Despite the width, it performed well in the trees on the West, but I've yet to test it in the tight glades of the East. The width also helps the board float in powder: with my stance set back, I didn't get the crazy leg burn that I was used to with the Rider's Choice and the DH. The Wasteland seems to have low swing weight or low weight in general; I was able to eke out some extra 180s on spins. When you land a drop off-center, the board manages to straighten you out without much drama: it just soaks everything up. Taking the board to the jump line is also uneventful. The tail doesn't catch in weird ways off the lip of the jump the way some boards do, there's solid & smooth pop off the transition so you can get pretty good air, and like I mentioned, spinning and spin initiation come easily. I didn't get a chance to take this into the pipe, but keep in mind that it's not really a stiff pipe board. As far as jibs and rails and boxes are concerned, the board does it all with just one issue that I will get to later. It's definitely soft enough for butters and presses on snow and boxes.
The board has a very fast base, maybe because of Structurn, but who knows. The base doesn't seem as hard as others out there, though I've yet to put any gouges in it. It's also average in terms of wax retention, at least in ice and slush.
Compared to the GNU Rider's Choice MTX, this board is softer, wider, smoother, has a more stable sidecut. You can get the Rider's Choice to pop HARD on a transition while the Wasteland doesn't pop quite so hard, but the pop is smoother and more controlled. Compared to a well-broken-in Ride DH, this board is somewhat similar in stiffness, smoother, and has a more stable sidecut at high speeds. Can't really beat a radial sidecut (DH) for predictability, though. The DH you can jump on and pull your entire bag of tricks, the Wasteland you need to 'feel out' a bit, at first.
Now, about that topsheet. A bunch of reviewers have said that the topsheet peels easily, chips easily, etc. I agree, the topsheet is somewhat fragile and on a board that looks this good, you notice and feel every cosmetic imperfection. But that said, it's all cosmetic and doesn't seem to affect the performance of the board. If you get some major peeling, consider breaking out the epoxy to precent further peeling, but it's been rather minor for me. The topsheet doesn't seem any less durable than Mervin (Lib, Gnu, Roxy) topsheets, which also chip and peel frequently. Because of this topsheet issue, I would think twice about jibbing things and sliding rails on this board. I tailtap'd a plastic 'no jumping' sign a little too hard and now I have a chip there. Tailtaps on bamboo and fabric 'slow' signs don't seem to do any damage.
Arbor: This is an incredible riding board, with an incredible graphic concept and graphic execution, but you've really got to do something about these topsheets. It's not a non-issue for a $650 snowboard.
Backcountry: Your customer service is absolutely tops, thanks again.
In conclusion: those who freeride or freestyle exclusively will benefit from more specific boards. But for people who like to ride everything in between, the Wasteland makes no excuses.
Don't "Waste" your time
This board performs great! It handles the park just as well as back country. Can't find a thing I don't like about the performance. Has just the right amount of pop and stiffness for any situation. Now for the bad. After having this board out for two days it has 3 top sheet cracks, the top sheet is peeling on a seperate part of the board, there is large chip taken out of the tail, and various scratches that won't just rub off the top sheet. The board looks like it has survived a few hard seasons but really only handled two days. Very disappointing for a board of this price range. If the construction of the board was even half as good as the performance it would be a winner. Another friend purchased the same board and its core cracked the first day. Real shame.
Wasteland Wastes the Competition
I recently purchased the Wasteland after I had my previous board/bindings jacked from me at Mammoth Mountain. My previous board was a Burton Baron 166...heavy as hell but still a decent stick. Up until this point, I rode nothing but Burton and was never disappointed. I just spent two days on my Wasteland, in a gamut of conditions, and it dominated them all and it did it in way more style and with far better feel than any of my Burton boards. This is the best purchase of my life--Hands Down!!
2 days in and no problems, taken a couple small jumps with no top sheet peeling. Great all-around board...
Its a smooth ride but top sheet peels easy
I was riding this in the backcountry of ALaska and it was a really smooth ride easy to turn but i went off a small jump (less then 1 ft high) and a portion of the top sheet peeled off and in the boards warranty it does not cover the top sheet