Snowboard Review: 12-13 Arbor Coda
26 Dec, 2012
Location: Keystone, CO
Snow Conditions: Mostly soft packed snow to hardpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Arbor Coda with my Burton Escapade bindings and Ride Cadence boots size 8.
First Impression: The Coda continues to offer that all-mountain style of riding wherever you want to go.
Flex: The Coda is Arbor’s all-mountain riding snowboard with a medium flex and the mountain system to handle everything you want to ride. Overall it’s in the middle of the flex scale. The nose is a tad softer with a stiffer tail to allow for powering through turns. Torsionally it’s more responsive, quick edging and longitudinally it’s a bit stiffer to give you more power and stability on the mountain. The Coda features Arbor’s Mountain System Technology designed to ride the mountain with grip-tech, parabolic rocker, directional twin shaping, power ply topsheet, toro tips and rocker flex. 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.
Turning: This board offers up a solid all mountain ride. It’s torsional flex gives you quick edge to edge response on the mountain. The board can still carve S turns very well and just lets you play around in each full arc. The Coda has a UN3 Progressive sidecut which gives you a lot of capability and stability on turns.
Stable: I rode the Coda on some night lapping days where the conditions are more hardpacked/icy in spots. It held an edge, gripped the snow and could still feel stable through each turn. There wasn’t as much dampening so the board could be bumped around but not very badly.
Pop: I only played on the Coda in the smaller park where it was fine on handling. I never touch detune a board but ride it out on the mountain as is to see how it does for the contact points. The Mountain system still had good grip but didn’t offer any sort of catch on boxes.
Switch: The Coda is a directional twin so there is some adjustment to switch but it’s still very much possible to ride it both ways.
Overall Impression: The Coda was able to get out on a couple soft days, some light powder and a lot more hardpacked conditions. It handled in all the variety of mountain riding and was easy to ride on the groomers. It was consistent, handled very well on edge and offered a quick responsive ride.
Shay’s Honesty Box:The Coda is a solid all mountain snowboard. I immediately got onto it and felt comfortable from the start. It’s not too soft and it’s not too stiff. It’s the perfect blend for handling and resort riding.
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Arbor Coda Description
Review Disclosure: I borrowed this snowboard from Arbor Snowboards. It will be returned to them.