Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Blacklist

15 Dec, 2011

Location: Mammoth, CA

Snow Conditions: Mostly hardpacked conditions with some soft spots.

Setup: I rode the Arbor Blacklist with my Union Team, Flux GU15 and GNU B-Famous bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 154cm.

First Impression: Very fun and playful mid-wide park board without being a noodle

Weight: Average.

Flex: The Blacklist is on the softer side of the scale but not as soft as the Draft is in the Arbor line. The torsional flex feels softer and easier to maneuver thanks to the thinning core but it’s also softer on the nose/tail and offers some stability underfoot with a stiffer flex. Overall it’s soft but still rideable outside of the park if you prefer a easier more forgiving softer flexing board. The Blacklist features the Arbor Park System, a true parabolic rocker with the grip-tech sidecut.

Turning: Despite the mid-wide width, the Blacklist was easy to engage and initiate into turns. I was most surprised by how it handled, short turns were easy on this board and you had pretty good response out of it. Definitely shorter radius turns were more comfortable on the board, long radius did fine. If the conditions were soft to hardpacked, the board held an edge but on icy it would slip out despite the grip-tech (but I also believe it was detuned before I got it).

Stable: It’s definitely rideable outside of the park but when I got the board it was detuned and it showed in it’s handling on any icy spot. It couldn’t hold an edge and just slipped out. Other than that on the rest of the mountain and in the park, it did fine for just general riding and going faster but it was a board that despite the griptech I noticed on ice it would just slip out.

Pop: It had good pop and a lot of the playfulness that the Draft offers up but a bit more stable riding for the park so jumps feel more confident. I played with it in Forest Trail park with boxes, rails and smaller jumps. In pipe, it wasn’t the best because the walls were icy. It’s easy to butter and it really holds a press very good on the mountain. I’d take it on straight runs and just lock into a wheelie.

Switch: The Blacklist is a true twin and rode like a true twin without any issues on switching around.

Overall Impression: The Blacklist is Arbor’s mid-wide park board, built for park performance that you can ride outside of the park. Definitely an option for those considering the Draft but wanting something more versatile and a wider version for park.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I really loved the Draft but the Blacklist gives you a bit more stable riding over the Draft due to the mid-wide width and tad stiffer flex. Overall it’s still a park board. I probably would have liked to ride it without the detuning but even still, I spent a lot of park days on it and tried it out with other bindings to compare.

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On Snow Photo

Arbor Blacklist Description


Review Disclosure: I borrowed this snowboard from Arbor Snowboards. It will be returned to them.

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  1. Justin Vicary
    December 15, 2011

    Hey Shay,

    Thanks for reviewing! Its a shame you rode a detuned board…I’m riding the 160 Blacklist and its by far been the most versatile board I’ve owned. In some instances, I think labels have to be ignored, e.g. ‘The Park System’, and the focus has to be on feel of the ride. Then again each rider is individual and specific, so no one perspective will be the same. I’ve found Grip-Tech to be one of the more superior sidecuts out there. Glad you got to ride this board! If you get the chance, try and ride it in a 157. I think your opinion may change!
    Thanks again!

  2. December 15, 2011

    Justin, thanks! Awesome to hear your input on the board. Yeah will do for sure! Even though it was detuned, definitely still a fun board to ride. I just prefer not to detune so it’s noticeable when it is.

  3. Anti
    December 18, 2011

    How was the dampening?

  4. Justin Vicary
    December 18, 2011

    Couldn’t agree more Shay!