Arbor Element 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

As the name suggests, the Arbor Element sits at the very foundation of the brand’s line. For more than two decades it’s been a popular choice for those after a true all-mountain weapon – and for those who prefer rocker boards, it’s definitely worth checking out.

The profile of the Arbor Element is what they call ‘parabolic’ rocker, meaning that the bend is less severe towards the nose and tail. You still get the float in powder, but engaging an edge on piste is easier. Extra contact points along the edge are there to help with that, too.

A true all-mountain board needs to be able to perform in the park, and the Element’s extruded base means it’s easy to maintain after laps of the rail line – and you’d be a fool not to take advantage of the rocker profile on the features every now and again.

Arbor put more effort than most into the construction of their topsheets, and the Element’s ‘Ash Power Ply’ version is no exception. A painstaking process results in a layer of wood that, according to Arbor, “works like another layer of fibreglass” – delivering more quality to the ride and less damage to the environment, not to mention that signature wood finish.

Also available is the Arbor Element Premium, a supercharged version with upgrades to the base, topsheet and core.


Adam Hanmore –

“Arbor are renowned for making advanced, big-mountain boards. The Element definitely fits the guy that’s looking for all the qualities of such a board, but wants the ability to ride the rest of the resort too.

A very solid medium flex made it feel stable charging through the bumps. The Grip-tech edges made for a surprising amount of hold for quick edge-to-edge turns, although it did wash out a little when carving hard on the piste. Still capable of jibbing around, it felt balanced in the air and was easy to butter and press thanks to the rocker profile.

I was lucky enough to ride this in fresh snow, and it was pretty much effortless in the powder with great float – I almost forgot I was on a twin!

All in all, this is a super solid resort board for all conditions.”

“Capable of jibbing around, it felt balanced in the air and was easy to butter and press thanks to the rocker profile.”


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