Arbor Sin Nombre 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

Arbor boards are pretty easy to spot – the Californian brand favour simple wood-themed graphics that suit both their name and their get-out-there approach. While they do make plenty of sticks for the park and the streets, you can argue that their forte is in adventure-seeking snowboards like the Arbor Sin Nombre.

The Arbor Sin Nombre features the their own unique take on camber profiling. The bend is more prominent in the middle of the board than at the contact points, which makes the board less twitchy. Furthermore, by combining three different radii in the sidecut, extra contact points are created along the edge. These provide more grip on firmer snow, so you can really get the most out of hard carves.

The core is 100% poplar wood; strong, predictable and perfect for charging through the chop. It’s further reinforced by an ‘X’ shaped carbon inlay that stiffens up the ride, both from end-to-end and from edge-to-edge. The shaped nose and tail offer extra maneuverability in the serious steep and deep, too.

Last but not least, a blend of two different types of fibreglass – biax on the bottom and triax on the top – mean that it’s responsive without going overboard. Combine that with the directional twin shape, and you can do a lot more with this than just point it.

Tester’s Verdict:

Adam Hanmore –

“This wasn’t my first choice of Arbor boards to test – in fact, I didn’t really want to ride it. Yeah, the graphic is on point, and yeah it has a kooky shape that stands out in the lift line… but it has those bevelled edges at the nose and tail to reduce the ‘catchyness’ of its camber profile. I never really got that.

I like camber for power, edge hold and precision. If you mess up you fall, and that’s OK. I always found other boards with the same profile unnerving when riding flat base, and for that split second between edge changes I just didn’t see the benefit – only drawbacks.

Not on the Sin Nombre, though oh no – this thing is amazing. It does all the stuff you want a camber board to do – charge, carve, pop. I don’t know if the base bevels made it a better ride but they certainly didn’t take anything away from it, and now the Sin Nombre is way out in front as my favourite.”

“This thing is amazing. It does all the stuff you want a camber board to do – charge, carve, pop.”


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