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
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.