Snowboard Review: 09-10 Arbor Coda
27 Feb, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Arbor Coda with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: My friend Mike designed the graphics so I hope it rides well.
Flex: I was surprised at the Coda’s flex, I was expecting more torsional forgiveness and this board’s flex was longitudinally stiffer which made it stable but also less all mountain than I thought it would be, less playful to do fun freestyle stuff with.
Turning: I found it was the best for just freeriding the groomers, long S turns were drawn out and felt the most relaxed on the board. The turns were easy to initiate and the board held really well on edge once I got into a turn.
Stable: I found the Coda really stable, I never encountered any chatter or unstability when riding it. Through the chop on the side of the runs, it cut through that really good and didn’t encounter any mixed feelings about the stability there.
Pop: The stiffer tail made it easy to load back and pop off the tail for rollers but it also made it harder to tail press and butter around. The bamboo definitely plays a key in getting the board to pop and I felt some good snap with the board.
Switch: It took a little getting used to to ride it switch, directional board with directional flex and it wasn’t the same ride. I just made sure when I did ride it switch to take it slower.
Overall Impression: The Coda did best just freeriding, it says it’s more all mountain focuses but I found that a little hard to believe. On the groomers it was a more freeride, charge the mountain board than being more freestyle, fun focus. It had good pop and easy to initiate turns with, stable on longer radius turns but still quick for short radius.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The coda wasn’t bad but probably a board I wouldn’t ride all the time, still a good ride thought but I like having a board that I can still play with.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.