The Arbor Coda has a very poppy continuous rocker shape that also has great edge hold. The Coda might be one of the most springy/poppy continuous rocker boards we encountered and it offers a very soft all mountain freestyle feel. Still its pretty good on either side of the park and if you love to Ollie you will love this board.
The 2014 and 2015 Arbor Coda’s nose was extended making the size 1cm longer than the older models and the effective edge was shortened but the general ride is very similar. Now it’s just a more playful and one of the better centered stance twins when it comes to powder play.
Conditions: Loose light Rockies snow with some pretty hard spots in places. Soft perfect sierra snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Mary and a few others.
Boots: Burton Ion,Nike Kaiju, Burton Ruler, Salomon Synapse, Burton Imperial, Burton Hail,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Flux SF, Flux DS, Flux TT, Union Contact Pro, Burton Malavita, Burton Cartel Limited,
Set Up: 23″ Wide 15 front -15 back Centered Stance
On Snow Feel: So even with the new shape the Coda offers the same loose almost semi-stable between the foot kind of ride. The soft flexing core with bamboo in it is very distinct and unique. It is soft but very springy at the same time. It’s got this kind of bouncy ride that seems like you wouldn’t like it until you ollie. Then you really like it. Arbor describes this as an all mountain to freeride board but to us it doesn’t feel at all like an a typical all mountain board. Instead it feels like a big loose freestyle board for the mountain.
Powder: The change to the nose is pretty significant. The Arbor Coda went from a traditional round nose in 2013 to a pretty massive shovel nose in 2014. You loose a little contact with the snow but you gain a lot more float. We had no powder with the 2014 Arbor Coda but based on our powder experience with the 2013 combined with the potential of the new shovel tip/tail in deep thick powder. Even if you are more of a directional rider (like me) you can still have a great time in deep thick powder with a centered stance and even have a bit of a surfy experience. This is an excellent powder board for those that take a switch/freestyle experience to powder and a great board for those that like to ride set back/surfy and directional in powder. Nice upgrade here.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Short radius turns are very quick and loose edge to edge. You don’t have that stable groomer board feel when making turns but it still has a fun turning personality. It’s just different than what you expect. It’s not a board to carve with and this is one area where I’d love to see some improvement. The edge grips more than fine but there is no tip/tail there to help you spring out of a turn. Instead of a butter, ollie, carve all over the mountain kind of ride you have more of a butter and ollie kind of board that can make moderate but not really carvy turns.
Speed: The 2014 Arbor Coda has the same speed issues as the old Coda. The same springy flexy core that allows you to ollie so well makes speed not that ideal. It feels like car with soft bouncy shocks as you pick up speed. You can still go fast like Peter does but it’s just not the kind of stability you are use to. Some won’t mind and others might find this less than ideal. For me I didn’t mind the lack of speed because all I wanted to do was find something for my beat up old body to Ollie off.
Uneven Terrain: So this isn’t ideal at speed but dealing with a bumpy end of the day groomer is about as good as it gets. The soft shock feel combined with the somewhat narrow waist makes this incredibly easy to deal with bumpy uneven snow. It’s not a chunder buster like the Steepwater but instead it’s an incredibly slower speed mogul negotiator.
Edge Hold: The Arbor System technology provides in my opinion the perfect amount of grip for those that ride in a wide variety of conditions. If you see ice most of the time something like Magnetraction is better but if you see thick powder one day, soft to medium groomer snow and hard to icy snow the next the Coda is a great board for keeping the ride fun. It holds an edge very well between the feet but doesn’t give you that overly grippy feel that some aggressive magnetraction side cuts offer.
Flex: Pretty soft and playful. The bamboo in the core allows the board to just keep flexing and then it springs back. Great for playing around and big board buttering all over the mountain.
Switch: Same feel either way.
Jibbing: The length of the board is the only thing that makes this not a great jib board. Still it can be very fun in the jib park.
Pipe: Great easy grip in the pipe and most riders will really like this board here. It’s just missing that wall to wall drive than many great to excellent pipe boards have. It’s very forgiving though and many who aren’t that strong in the pipe will really like this forgiving good gripping ride. So a good technical pipe rider will find this good but an average pipe rider might find this great to excellent.
Jumps: Just pops and pops and pops. All the spring is right between your feet so it’s not like ollieng from a camber board. Once you figure that out you realize that this springs big. All we wanted to do on this board was find something on the mountain to ollie off. The lack of any camber in the tip tail does make it a little less ideal for a bad landing but with all that bouncy spring in the board it’s hard to really fault it.
So all in all the 2014 and 2015 Arbor Coda offers a big change and really emphasises the freestyle in all mountain freestyle. If you like speed and carving you will want another board but if you live to treat the mountain like a park in deep powder or on harder snow you will really like this playful springy ride.
2013 and Below Arbor Coda Review
Size 161 and 157
Conditions: just about everything.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Kyle and Eli
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel RE:Flex and Flux DS 30
Stance Width: 23 inches centered and 22.5 inches set back
Stance Angles: 15 front -15 back
The Arbor Coda is a very interesting board. It has the length of an all mountain board but the flex and characteristics of a softer freestyle board. So this is very interesting to us. We had a almost every condition and were pretty impressed with the all around freestyle approach you can take to the mountain with the Arbor Coda. The best way to sum it up is it’s a great all mountain freestyle board for those who like to take it slower and pop off every natural feature possible. If you are that guy then here is one of the better choices.
On Snow Feel: The Arbor Coda didn’t have that ultra loose feeling that many continuous rocker boards had but it still was missing something that made it even semi-stable. You can feel that rocker underfoot . If you have big, steep wide open groomers that invite speed you might not like this but if you ride more narrow slower groomers with intersecting runs and cat tracks you might love it. It’s very fun to take a freestyle approach to the mountain.
Powder: Even though this is a directional twin with a centered stance the Coda rides very well in the thick sierra cement that we encountered. It’s continuous rocker shape along with the longer length is very floaty and great for anyone who likes to ride switch alot in the pow.
Turn Initiation/Carving– The Arbor Coda is super easy to turn as are most continuous rocker boards out there. The boards feel like they turn a few cm’s smaller and we had a good time making quick edge to edge turns on this. When it came to carving the Coda was better than many continuous rocker boards but it was still missing something that many hybrid shapes and camber shapes have. Still it was fun to make more mellow short and even medium radius turns.
Speed: Bamboo is great for pop but not the best for dampening and keeping a board stable at higher speeds. None of us were impressed with the way it handled higher speeds. It felt like a car with bouncy shocks when you started picking up decent speed. It felt like a light Caddy or a car that’s filled with shit for a move so its shocks are working over time. The Arbor Coda has a fast base though so you can accelerate quickly and also keep your speed in flat areas rather well.
Uneven Terrain: What makes this a pretty chattery board at higher speeds makes this a great board at slow speeds through uneven terrain. It just bounces through everything like a big ass american SUV with soft shocks. It’s super easy to maneuver if you make a wrong turn into a bumpy run or even if you seek that shit out. Usually the worst day of the week is Saturday and the runs can get pretty chewed up near day’s end. If you are one of those that likes to maximize your weekend riding time the Arbor Coda will keep you happily popping off bumps down to your last run.
Weight– This is just an average weight that isn’t too light or too heavy. There is no scale or consistent scale work but I’d say it’s probably on the lighter side for it’s size. Sturdy but not tank like would be a good description.
Edge Hold:We all felt we never had an issue anywhere on the mountain where we felt like the Arbor Coda needed more grip. It has the edge hold of a mellow magnetraction board and it’s not grippy in thick sticky snow. We all were very impressed at how this soft board could hold an edge in just about anywhere we took it.
Flex: Arbor says this is a medium flex but to us it felt pretty soft and playful. This isn’t a bad thing but it’s a bit of a surprise when you get it on the mountain and it’s very flexy.
Switch: Even though this is a directional twin we didn’t notice any difference riding either direction.
Rails/Jibbing: This was a lot more fun than we expected in the jib park and we had a pretty good time there. It’s longer length is not ideal for the jib park. It’s just not as fun as a shorter continuous rocker board like the Draft.
Pipe: The Arbor Coda held an edge very well and was very forgiving. We spent a lot of time in the pipe with the Coda and had a pretty good time despite the fact we were riding a rather big 161 on that day. We had a lot more fun on the Arbor Westmark but it’s not bad by any means.
Jumps: Ok the Arbor Coda is one springy fucking board. It’s possibly the most springy board we tried. When we switched from the Coda to almost any other board we thought the new board was dead at first compared to the Coda. You just had way more ollie power with the Coda and this was by far our favorite part about this flexy/springy board. Maybe it’s the Bamboo or a combination of the Bamboo and other tech but what ever it is we really liked it. Hitting Kickers was really fun as well the Arbor Coda is forgiving and very playful in a spin. If you are all about hitting natural jumps all over the mountain the Arbor Coda is ideal. If you like lapping the park roller coasters this is great too. The bottom line is the Coda will help you do more when it comes to jumping in and out of the park. This was just as if not more springy as any set up out there. If you want too ollie off everything you see then here you go. There are only a few other boards out there I can think of that can compete with the Arbor Coda here.
All in all the Arbor Coda is a very fun board but we felt it was more of a soft all mountain freestyle to freestyle board compared to the all mountain label Arbor gave it. It could use some work on speed or carving but I’d say don’t do it if you sacrifice the pop.