Snowboard Review: 09-10 Arbor Cadence

21 Aug, 2009

This review was done through Board Insiders and will be featured on their site as a review with video of me explaining the board and riding it.  I’ll update this link to that when it goes live.

Location: Stevens Pass, WA

Snow Conditions: Snowing with powder on runs, some groomed areas.

Setup: I rode the Arbor Cadence with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: This is my kind of women’s board for the entire mountain

Size: 155cm

Weight: average

Flex: The cadence was a medium stiffness board, a good middle of the road between soft and stiffness.  As an all mountain board it was riding on the stiffer side of that.  The nose was  a bit softer but a stiffer tail allowed it to handle powder turns with my weight in the rear.  Between the bindings it was torsionally softer, easy to initiate the board into turns and get quick response.

Turning: The cadence has a tri-radial sidecut which I found great once on groomers for easy carving and turn initiation.  I could make really quick short radius turns without worrying about the board not handling them.  I thought it handled best for carving and freeriding, definitely a versatile board that can ride the entire mountain.

Stable: I felt really comfortable on it when riding within the trees and heavier powder, never worried about the board not holding it’s own on the mountain.  When it came to speed, that was not an issue with the cadence being great for bombing runs and the base held wax good, never encountered any drag on the board or feeling like it wouldn’t keep up with the other riders.

Pop: The day was spent freeriding enjoying powder so I didn’t play with the pop of the board.

Switch: It has a directional twin shape worked for the entire mountain, I just played with it on a couple turns switch but didn’t encounter any issues with how it handled.

Overall Impression: Definitely a solid board for the mountain as your playground, outside of the park.  I spent the day with it in heavier powder and crust underneath the powder, where it held an edge through the rougher spots and still floated well in the powder.  I can’t imagine taking it in the park except for jumps or halfpipe where the medium stiffness would be suitable, it didn’t seem as soft as I’d prefer for a park specific board but for making the mountain your park it was golden.

Shay’s Honesty Box: This is the type of board that the women who ride it will probably not care about the graphics because it’ll be covered up in snow most of the time but I still think the chick graphic on the board is a bit scary.  I have seen the footage of me riding the cadence and definitely a board I would ride again for the entire mountain.

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On-snow Photos
Arbor Cadence description

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  1. August 21, 2009

    could just be the way it looks in their catalog, but the transfer from the sidecut to the nose/tails looks really abrupt, like they jut out – did it ever feel like it was snagging when really railing or trying initiate turns from the nose? (could also just be an optical illusion and/or hangover w/o enough coffee yet this AM…)

  2. August 21, 2009

    It does look abrupt but I didn’t notice that when riding. I try not to judge the catalog images too much since seeing it in person gives the better idea than a drawing of it. I have seen video of me riding the cadence and carving with it, there’s definitely not a snagging point when I was riding it carving. Eventually when that video goes live, I’ll link to it from here as well.

  3. August 21, 2009

    right on, figured it was just an optical illusion

  4. kimchi
    August 21, 2009

    Wow, that is a ballsy graphic for a female board. I dealt with a lot of chicks who didn’t want to ride pretty pink snowboards, but that’s shifting waaaay over to the opposite extreme. Creepy. I guess you’re right in that the type of rider who’d jump on this board probably wouldn’t care that much, though.

  5. barzey
    August 22, 2009

    The graphic looks like a bad imitation of old Kiss’ drummer Peter Criss. Just google him. But since it’s an Arbor I believe it’s a great ride. Dig Arbor boards.

  6. Canaria
    November 25, 2009

    I have been an “Arborist” since I first bought one 10 years ago, I love the way these boards perform and since then, it’s all I ride.
    Additionally, while not performance critical, the powerful aesthetic statement Arbor boards make, is nonetheless relevant in the selection process (just being honest here), the busy or flashy graphics of most other manufacturers often annoy me…
    Now, I’m looking at Arbor for a new board this year and when I saw the 09/10 Cadence, I felt an immediate affinity. If I do the jump to a graphics board it will be for la muerta!

  7. Heather
    December 21, 2009

    I own this board and I gotta say, I really like the graphic. It’s not so scary when you realize it’s from Dia de los muertos (mexican day of the dead), where they celebrate the people they have lost. Not the best art from the holiday but still pretty cool. I also love the board as far as riding goes but I have only been snowboarding for one season so I don’t really know much.

  8. Jana
    February 28, 2010

    hey shay,
    i’m looking to buy a new board and was wondering if you might be able to suggest a couple. i am 5″7″”, 140lbs have been riding a 156 ride profile for the past 6 seasons. i’m an aggressive rider and love steeps, trees and powder so i’m mostly interested in an all mountain sort of board. however, the past couple seasons i have started playing around more with spins and tricks but mostly off natural features. i’ve never been much of a park rat but might play around a little bit with rails this season. i was thinking of trying out a women’s specific board and have been looking at the arbor cadence or the rome blue. if there are any others that come to mind i would love to hear your thoughts. thanks!

  9. Rhea
    March 10, 2010

    What kind of bindings would go well with the Arbor Cadence? I’m torn between Burton’s Lexa and Escapade (09/10 models). I tend to ride the mountain more but I’m open to trying rails. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  10. Megan
    July 28, 2010

    Hey Shay,

    First I want to tell you how much I appreciate you and this website. I have probably read through all of the reviews from 2009-2011, so thank you. I am a 23 yr old woman, I am 5’4 and 125 lbs, I have been snowboarding since I was 10, although I’ve been riding a while I am not amazing at it, I haven’t gone for a little over a year and have missed it, and want to get back into it. I don’t do jumps or tricks, just mainly ride down the hill. I was wondering if this would be a good board for me? and is there any suggestions of other boards you could please make to me? I really am not into any really girly graphics either, not that it should matter that much. Thanks so much!

  11. July 28, 2010

    Jana, Cadence would be a good consideration but I’d consider the Push or Blue for more aggressive riding especially more mountain riding. Cadence would be good for middle of the road mix of mountain and tricks.

    Rhea, Lexa’s are more forgiving bindings, escapades are more responsive. Both are super comfortable. If you ride the mountain more, I’d go with escapades personally.

    Megan, thanks so much! Definitely the cadence would be a good choice for just riding the mountain. It’s one of those boards that doesn’t have girly graphics and worth considering!