Snowboard Review: 10-11 Arbor Cadence

20 May, 2010

Location: Steamboat & Copper, CO

Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked to slushy groomers.

Setup: I rode the Arbor Cadence with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 151cm.

First Impression: The park system suits the Cadence perfectly

Weight: average

Flex: The park system definitely makes the cadence a more fun park specific ride than last year, it’s still a medium flex longitudinally not a noodle but not stiff either.  The added rocker makes it easier to press/butter the mountain up with. The cadence has a softer torsional flex between the bindings so easy for turn initation and quick response edge to edge.   The cadence features the park system which has parabolic rocker which has more rocker in the center of the board and decreases the rocker to the tip and tail of the board.

Turning: It’s really easy to get the cadence on edge and once on edge, allowing for really quick short radius turn response on the mountain.  I like that the tri-radial sidecut gives you different options for turns, you can get the quick arc turn or lay it out longer down the hill. The cadence has griptech which adds contact points near the binding location on both toe and heelside edges.  My first thought was that griptech might catch on boxes but the added contact point I didn’t notice impacting how the board handled when boardsliding.  On icy/cruddy snow it does help hold an edge better.

Stable: The main purpose of this board is park inspiration which is where I’ve been riding it mostly.  However I have taken it on more charging runs where it could keep up but the size was on the small end so I didn’t expect it to handle as well.  On hardgroomer terrain, the board grips really well with the griptech and holding stable down the groomed runs.  When charging on really bumpy terrain, it can bounce you around and you feel more of the snow changing but I also recognize the size comes into play on that.  The park system rocker made it a lot more playful and gave it a bit less of a freeride focus than when I rode it last year but for park laps I love how it handles.

Pop: You know when the season ends and somehow the lips to the boxes get farther apart and lower than the box…yeah the cadence has good pop and lets me easily get onto the boxes without worrying about how the pop will throw me or hitting the box straight on cause I didn’t ollie high enough onto it.  There’s some good snap in the cadence and it’s definitely a lively board for playing around with.  I had a couple oververt pipe days with it and it’s one of those boards it’s hard not to pop with.

Switch: The cadence is a true twin and rides like a true twin.  I never encountered any problems with how it handled switch, easy to manuever and no problems with handling the mountain switch.

Overall Impression: Arbor gave the cadence the park system for 10-11 and it’s an upgrade that makes the cadence an even better park ride.  Last year when I rode it, it was on the mid level for stiffness but the park system gives it a more playful feel to how it handles the mountain.  It’s still capable of the mountain riding but definitely a park focus that it is described as and now rides like.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I’ve spent the remainder of the season riding the cadence as my main park board which has been perfect for park laps and it’s being waxed up for Mt Hood this summer.  Its grown on me after the first day of riding it, it’s become my park board that I can take on the boxes, take on hardpacked groomers and then take into the pipe.

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Arbor Cadence description

Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by Arbor Snowboards.

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  1. Scotty Snaps
    May 20, 2010

    I’m not a chick but if I was I’d shred this stick. If not because it’s just a sick ride then because the graphic is amazing. Here’s some info on the artist:

  2. Yessi
    May 21, 2010

    If I ever manage to talk myself into a second board, it will be this one. Great review (as always) Shay!

  3. RTMC
    May 21, 2010

    ARTIST: The El Dia de los Muertos inspired art on the new 2011 Cadence was painted by Arbor Collective Artist Sylvia Ji, check out:

  4. 2 Buck
    May 21, 2010

    Scary in a good way…

  5. HotFreddy
    May 23, 2010

    This board looks so great! I’ve heard amazing stuff about the new rocker system Arbor has developed, can’t wait to try it!

  6. Kirsty
    October 26, 2010

    Does anyone know if the Arbor Flight that they sell exclusively at REI is just the cadence with a different top sheet? They had a contest for the art for that board, but the specs look very similar… its not on the arbor website and there’s no rei near me to go see it in person.

    Tx in advance if anybody knows!

  7. October 26, 2010


    Great question and I have an answer from Arbor for you thanks to Matt. The Flight is based off of the Cadence which means the flight has the same true rocker parabolic arc, same full wood topsheet and FSC Certified Poplar Core, same 2×4 14-Pack Inserts, Recycled Steel Edges and all the same System set of technologies that are available in the Cadence. However there are differences, most notably is the cadence comes with a sintered base and the flight’s extruded, the cadence has a deep shadow flex in the core and the flight has a medium (the shadow is a thinning of the core profile between the bindings). So the flight is going to be a touch stiffer than the cadence and more suited to all mountain performance. The graphics are a result of the REI/Arbor art contest from last year.

    Hope that helps!

  8. eddie
    January 02, 2011

    Hey Shay,
    I’m debating between the Westmark and Evo but have concerns with the durability of the base of the Westmark. How is your Cadence holding up? And which one has better hold on ice: vario or griptech? Thanks so much Shay for your wonderful reviews!

  9. kris
    January 10, 2011

    Hey shay, I’m planning on buying this board within the next week or 2, but I’m not sure whether I should get the 143 or 147. I’ve been riding my burton feather 144 since 2005 and I’m a pretty advanced rider on the mountain, but starting to learn more in the park. -‘m 5’2 and weigh about 135, so what size do you think would be best for me and what boots and bindings would go best with this board? I’m a size 6 1/2- 7 in womens shoes. Also do you think this board would be better suited for me or the never summer infinity?

  10. January 16, 2011

    Eddie, my cadence has wear marks from hitting rails and boxes but no big damage to it. Durability, I’ve seen my NS’s hold up through some tough riding. Vario has more contest points so it holds a better edge.

    Kris, sweet on getting the new board! You could size up to the 147 with your weight and wanting a advanced ride that could still handle park. How much freeriding vs park are we talking? Infinity is more all mountain freestyle while cadence is more park. Boots you’ll have to try on to see what you like best. Bindings check out rome madisons, k2 auto agogo’s, ride sigma’s.

  11. muffintoppp
    January 23, 2011

    Hey Shay, I’m a beginner snowboarder. Been riding 4 times, and just got carving down so I’m pretty hyped and want my own set up. My friends said I should invest on a board since it looks like I’m guna want to keep on riding! I’m just trying to decide between the Arbor Cadence and NS Infinity. I like going on steep soft snow and next time I go up I’m guna work on jumps, then work my way to bigger jumps! Which would you recommend?

  12. January 24, 2011

    Muffin, sweet on learning to snowboard! Either of the boards would work fine for you, the cadence is more park so softer and but the infinity is more all moutain freestyle.

  13. Cri
    February 26, 2011

    Hey Shay which size would you recommend for me? Im 5″6/5″7 and about 125 lbs. Not sure whether to go for the 147/151. I LOVE THIS BOARD! Thanks babe love your blog I use it all the time to fantasise about snowbooooards xxx

  14. Cri
    February 26, 2011

    PS I was riding a 153 up til now not sure if thats way too big for me its my first major upgrade. Im also pretty advanced now on the mountain and wanting to develop more on my freestyle but def want it to handle the mountain also. Tanks! xxx

  15. February 26, 2011

    Cri, you could go either size. If you want it to handle the mountain, do the 151 which would still be a good size for you but also handle the mountain. Awesome you love it!

  16. Tor
    April 22, 2011

    Hi Shay, love ur review of the Cadence. I just bought the 143 Cadence about a month ago and only had a chance to ride it a couple of times before it got stolen. I wanted to cry. It was the first board I had fallen in love with because it was perfect in how it handled, the flexibility and response was like no other boards I’ve owned. I’ve looked everywhere and have been unable to find another Cadence so I’m hoping the Arbor Flight I just bought is comparable. For one, the graphics don’t compare but of course that’s not what riding is about. I read ur assessment of the Flight in comparison and will be interested to see how it differs from the Cadence. We’ll see tmrw!

  17. April 24, 2011

    Tor, wow that really sucks on it getting stolen 🙁 so bummed to hear that! Hopefully the flight works out for you or keep your eyes out for the cadence on sale!

  18. May 13, 2011

    I have tried for months to find this board. SO frustrated it’s not anywhere to be found. If anyone is selling one or knows where to get the 2010/11 Cadence be sure to give me a shout!

  19. laura
    June 29, 2011

    hi, i have also been looking for this board everywhere. please help on where to buy it online? thanks

  20. June 29, 2011

    Lauren and Laura, I haven’t seen it online in a while. Your best bet might be to check ebay for a used version.

  21. D
    September 28, 2011

    Hiya, nice reviews.

    Do you think the Arbor Flight is a good board for a beginner trying to nail linking turns? Currently have an Atomic in a 147, can’t remember model, but it’s cambered, not reverse, and sort of a stiffer all-mountain board. I’m thinking the Flight in a 143 might be better for getting comfortable on turns. 5’2″, 102 lbs.


  22. JOANNE
    January 23, 2012


    I was thinking about buying the Arbor Cadence 2012. I’ve been reading the comments and am going to have a look at the NS pandora or Infinity. i was also looking at the Burton Lux V-Rocker 2012. I’m currently riding a 2007 151 Ride Rapture. I’m looking for something more flexible to learn butters, tricks, switch on but still want to be able to go all mountain and powder. What can you recommend? I’m 5’52 and 10.5 stone (147lbs).


  23. January 23, 2012

    D, yeah definitely think the Flight would be a good entry level choice. It’ll be easier but more all mountain focus than the Cadence.

    Joanne, Cadence is on the softer end with the Pandora, Infinity is more all mountain focus. Lux i haven’t tried so not too familiar. Definitely an reverse camber board will be more playful and still handle powder just depends how soft you want to go versus mountain performance.

  24. Drea
    January 24, 2012

    Hi Shay,

    First off Love your reviews. Second are my questions , would you say last years Arbor flight is this years 2012 Cadence? Both are extruded base. Also aside from the base and graffics is there anything else different from last years cadence vs this years 2012 cadence? I am looking for a slightly more forgiving board (softer) n bit smaller. I have an imperium elvira 2009 (european brand got it really cheap) a bit stiff n I think kinda long for me 149cm (sintered base) I only weigh 110lbs. It’s a bit difficult for me to keep control, it flies down the mountain. Catches edge sometimes n I have taken some decent falls but nothing major. So I was considering the cadence 143cm to go with my union milan bindigs. Not to much of a park person but dabble a bit here n there.


  25. Drea
    January 24, 2012

    P.S. I am 5’3 n 110lbs planning to gain about 10lbs. This shouldn’t affect the size board I should get?? 143 or 147cm. I figured the 143 because the 147cm is almost as bit as my 149cm.

    Thanks again.