Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Draft
30 Jul, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softpacked slush.
Setup: I rode the Arbor Draft with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Ideal for spring park laps.
Flex: Definitely the softest men’s board in the Arbor line, it’s overall a soft jib board. The nose and tail are softer making for easy presses and just under the bindings you have a stiffer flex to help absorb jump landings. Torsionally, softer flex for quick edge to edge turning. In one of the photos below, you can see the flex of the board during a turn. The draft features the jib 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: A very forgiving easy to ride board from Arbor. It holds an edge very good despite the softer flex and the grip tech does help in those cases. The tri-radial sidecut helps on both long or short radius turns, making both types easy. The longer turns you had to work harder to hold the board to remain stable. The Draft got some time on hardpacked conditions where the grip tech helps hold an edge.
Stable: When the conditions were soft slushfest, the Draft can make it a lot more playful riding. It doesn’t cut through, it more absorbs the terrain with the flex of the board and just rides through with some bounciness involved. For speeds, it’s a softer park board so it won’t handle speeds as well as a freeride board in the line but for jumps and cruising through parks, it is fine without any speed wobbles. I rode the board most of the spring and late season conditions where the board just loved park laps all day.
Pop: A truly easy board to play around with pop and butter on. Just a very friendly to ride in the park, good pop board that was very forgiving and playful.
Switch: The draft is a true twin so the shape and sidecut are the exact same as they are regular or switch. It was really comfortable both ways.
Overall Impression: The Draft is Arbor’s jib/street/park board, super soft flex and easy to ride forgiveness that’s perfect for park laps to your hearts content. The blunt nose/tail makes you feel locked in on presses and good pop for playful park laps. Some stability underfoot on the board despite being a softer park board.
Shay’s Honesty Box: If there is one board meant for spring park laps, the Draft definitely is one of those perfect for spring park fun and fun the rest of the year. When the spring park was perfect this year, I took out the Draft and rode everything from jumps, jibs, bonks to boxes. The board’s a bit too soft for me during the rest of the year riding but for park, it’s ideal.
On Snow Photo
Arbor Draft description
Review Disclosure: I borrowed this snowboard from Arbor and it’s still in my possession.