Snowboard Review: 10-11 Arbor Formula
08 Dec, 2010
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked groomers to softpacked powder.
Setup: I rode the Arbor Formula with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This is one of those boards that’s an easy forgiving ride for any level of rider and can be ridden anywhere on the mountain from park to powder to just groomers.
Flex: The formula’s flex is a very forgiving flex, softer torsionally so the rider eases into turns and tad stiffer from the bindings to the nose/tail with a longer nose. Overall the board is medium flex, it’s not a soft board and it’s not a stiff board. It handles the mountain but it is still very much a beginner-intermediate progression board, you could ride this board on day 1 or day 100 of your riding career and always feel comfortable on it.
Turning: It was an easy forgiving ride from the second I stepped on it, just all around handled each turn and delivered initiation easier to the rider. The formula features a tri-radial sidecut which allows for all options for turning, whether you want a quick arc turn or just laying it out longer on the mountain. The griptech gives you additional contact points near the bindings on toe and heelside edges so you feel grip when you need it. The board was really easy to ride and made clean turns. The whole time riding I felt comfortable from the beginning.
Stable: I got the formula in a mix of conditions from hardpacked to powder spots. In the powder, the mountain system had no problem staying afloat and did quite well for some deep spots with low speed. On hardpacked groomers, the formula held an edge especially with the additional contact point that the system offers with the grip tech and felt comfortable cruising. When I picked it up to higher speeds I could feel a little bounced around but I remembered this board isn’t meant to charge the lines with.
Pop: I hit up the park a good amount with this board, just lapping the smaller jumps in Forest Trail and playing in Wonderland another smaller park with jumps/boxes. Both times the board was fine on jumps, easy to pop when you wanted to or just handling a landing if you rode off of jumps. Presses and butters are possible but with the stiffer tail a little more difficult. On boxes, no grabbing and felt comfortable right from the start.
Switch: The formula is a directional twin so there’s some difference in the board but it kept it’s forgiving easy ride switch and regular.
Overall Impression: The formula is that inexpensive great entry level board that will help progress your riding to the next level. It can ride a mix of terrain with the mountain system option, it handled everything from park riding to powder turns. The price is great too, that’s what surprised me the most was your definitely getting a bang for the buck board if you get this when you start snowboarding and you can ride it for a long time.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The formula isn’t an aggressive ride, neither in the flex or how it turns but it’ll handle the mountain when you step it up a notch. I found it really forgiving and all around easy to ride, the mountain system held up in a variety of conditions.
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Arbor Formula description
Review Disclosure: I borrowed this board from Arbor Snowboards.