The Details:

While the women’s snowboard market is still much smaller than the men’s, it’s never been easier for a particular kind of female rider to find the right board for their style. In the case of the Arbor Swoon, we have something that caters nicely for those who appreciate freestyle both in and out of the resort.

The Swoon comes in both camber and rocker versions, so you can go with whichever you prefer. While rocker does tend to offer a looser, more forgiving ride, both versions are for putting through their paces rather than pootling down the easy runs.

The rocker version will be at its best if you can get it into the powder, where the upward bend will help you keep the nose up. Buttering across a pow field will be relatively easy too, especially when you factor in the large surface area at the nose and tail, so you can really afford to push the boat out in the backcountry.

On the piste, additional contact points at the inserts will ensure you get enough sidecut grip to compensate for the lack of camber, and the sintered base is as quick as they come.

Whatever the conditions, this is a board designed for stepping things up – and with a three-year warranty, you’ll have complete peace of mind.

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TESTER'S VERDICT:

Lauren MacCallum - cairngormmountain.org

“Over the last couple of years there has been some really impressive stuff coming out of SWS, the factory in Dubai where Arbors are made - and you know this board has got to be good if it’s the weapon of choice for riders like Marie-France Roy.

The Swoon is the ideal board for a girl that is looking for an all-rounder that can handle park, piste and powder. The reverse camber makes it float readily in power and it’s easy to maneuver.

Even though it’s a rocker, I found it to be stable at high speed and not no scary stiff that it’s unforgiving. And as with all Arbors this year, the graphic looks great."

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