The continuous rocker shape of the Arbor Cadence usually is reserved for more of a pure freestyle board but the Arbor Cadence offers more of an all mountain freestyle ride. This is a really fun all conditions snowboard and will perform well on just about any type of snow.
In 2011 the Arbor Cadence went from camber to continuous rocker. It’s not the kind of continuous rocker that is super washy and performs better all over the mountain than almost any other type of continuous rocker board we have come across. The 2013 Arbor Cadence is not going to be pretty close to the 2012 except for a few minor refinements. The 2014 and 2015 Arbor Cadence didn’t change much either. There is a new manufacturer but many of the people who worked at the old manufacturer are making the 2014 so there shouldn’t be too much of a change flex wise.
On Snow Feel: Some Arbor boards offer a semi-stable ride but this is more on the loose between the feet kind of feel. The only problem is the rocker can feel a bit like a skateboard with loose trucks when riding on hard snow. It’s a typical continuous rocker kind of feel that is fun for freestyle riding.
Powder: This is a continuous rocker twin so if you love to ride switch in powder then you will love this board. It has a good float that is very easy. It’s no directional ride but it’s about as good as twin’s with a centered stance can get.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The continuous rocker shape is easy to turn where most are super easy and we like that. It’s easy edge to edge for short radius turns as well as wider radius turns. The grip tech seems to give the continuous rocker shape a better grip when laying into a carve but it’s still tenuous. If you don’t keep the turn between the feet it gets pretty washy but it’s better than you would think.
Speed: Pretty fast for how it’s built but it’s no Arbor Push. You can experience a little chatter when passing the moderate speed barrier and it can be a little loose between the feet when you do as well.
Uneven Terrain: So the Arbor Cadence can handle bumps no problem. If you have to slow down and deal with ruts, whoops, bumps and all kind of uneven snow it absorbs shock well and bounces through things. It’s a nice balance of speed and shock absorption on poor terrain.
Edge Hold: The side cut that they have is excellent and holds an edge just like Lib Tech, Roxy and Gnu.
Flex: This is a medium to maybe a touch on the stiffer side of medium. Still you can butter and press very well with this board.
Switch: Very easy either way like all true twins.
Rails/Jibs- Pretty easy on most jib’s but the more technical and bigger the Jibs/rails get the more you might or might not feel comfortable here. We usually like softer here but some find this just right.
Pipe: Pretty fun but the drive is kind of missing from wall to wall. Still the edge hold is great so you won’t have any issues climbing the walls.
Jumps: The Arbor Cadence is also very poppy and easy to spring into the air off even the smallest kicker or natural terrain. The ollie power is kind of the funnest part of this board and it’s very springy between the feet when you want to pop.
All in all this is a very fun board and it will make many riders happy in or out of the park.