Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Swoon
03 May, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA + June, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to powder.
Setup: I rode the Arbor Swoon with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The new Swoon gives women a snowboard that goes along for the ride, wherever you ride.
Flex: Medium flex all around on the swoon, longitudinally stiffer so you have a more stable ride and some torsional softness between the bindings that made it a bit more forgiving and easy to initiate edge to edge response. Softer nose to handle any powder on the board which it handled. The swoon has the mountain system reverse camber 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. It’s designed for more mountain riding with the flex.
Turning: The swoon is an easy board to engage onto edge, actually really easy to ride overall. Turning felt most comfortable on long drawn out turns but it could handle riding in the trees for shorter turns okay. If you weren’t paying attention, the swoon didn’t care, it’d just let you enjoy the ride. There was no aggressiveness in how it turned, it did what you wanted when you wanted.
Stable: When riding groomers and charging on groomers, the board felt fine but any kind of chop on the swoon and you’d feel the board get bounced around a bit more. In powder, it floated fine for the conditions but it wasn’t more than a couple inches of new snow on the mountain. The grip-tech was only noticeable on some icy days when it might have slipped out.
Pop: For the couple laps through the park at June and Mammoth, the pop was good on the swoon. Definitely not as poppy as some other arbor boards but it handled better than expected. The medium flex felt fine on the smaller jumps and in the pipe, it gripped the hardpacked walls. For buttering, it was doable but definitely the Cadence was easier to butter/more playful.
Switch: The swoon is a directional-twin but I didn’t notice much difference when riding switch. It also helped that I rode switch a lot on the board because the first time I took it out I was riding a bunny slope waiting for my roommate’s girlfriend. Easy to switch around and subtle differences.
Overall Impression: The Swoon is a new women’s board to the arbor lineup, it offers a reverse camber option for the women looking for more mountain riding. In my opinion it wasn’t as aggressive as the push but the push is camber. The swoon did perform on a mix of riding from powder to parks for someone who wants more from their board.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was expecting the Swoon to be like the Push in terms of aggressiveness but what I found was the board was more forgiving (which is typical of reverse camber) but with some similar familiarities about the board. For the first year, it’s a good step but I’d like to see it take it to the next level for women and challenge riders a bit more.
On Snow Photo
Arbor Swoon description
Review Disclosure: I borrowed this snowboard from Arbor after the SIA on-snow and returned it to Arbor. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.