Arbor Draft 2017 Award

Arbor Draft 2017

“A jib specific snowboard with a forgiving and adventurous feel!”

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Review

If your idea of a great day on the mountain involves jibbing anything and everything in sight then the 2017 Arbor Draft snowboard is tailor-made for you. Combining a True Twin shape with a Continuous Rocker and a soft flex, the design team at Arbor provided this board with plenty of cool tech. To ride kicker, boxes, rails and pipes. With this deck, you can start expanding your views on what’s possible with a snowboard.

This board’s continuous rocker is also called system rocker and features a parabolic arc that has more rocker between the bindings and less rocker at the tip and tail. This design not only gives a catch-free feeling on hard snow but also provides a fully engaging edge hold when you’re carving. It also eliminates that washy feel other rocker designs have. Additional contact points near the insert make sure this board grips confidently on icy slopes. On snow, it offers a semi-stable ride with a little freestyle touch to it. Just like previous seasons, this board is very quick from edge-to-edge. Turning is fun and because of the board’s steel edges feels less washy. The rockered nose keeps the board afloat and it planes nicely on powder. At speed, it offers a good glide, better than we expected.

This board’s edge hold is pretty good even on the icy snow patches we encountered. However once you start adjusting the edges for the jib park the grip will change. As with most True Twin board’s this one has no problem to ride switch. Overall, the 2017 Arbor Draft is a great stable and fun snowboard. That’s build for those who like to turn their local mountain into their own personal park.

Ratings

Summary

Pros
  • One of the best jib-board available.
  • Goes very quick from edge to edge.
  • Offers a fun & forgiving freestyle ride.
  • Grips well on hard and icy surfaces.
Cons
  • Misses camber to power out landings.
  • Good carver but not the best in town

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Specifications

ManufacturerArbor Collective
Available sizes145 | 148 | 151 | 154 | 157
Riding styleFreestyle
Ability levelIntermediate – Advanced
Board shapeTrue Twin
Board camberContinuous Rocker
Board widthRegular
Board stanceCentered
Board flexSoft
Board weightNormal
Mounting system2 x 4 Insert Pattern
Warranty3 years