Arbor Relapse 2015 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The Arbor Relapse is a new Camber board in the line that many companies are re-introducing which a lot of riders (especially old schoolers) will like. If you want a mellow ride the Relapse isn’t a top choice. The Arbor Relapse is like a stiffer and slightly higher end version of the Arbor Del Rey that is made for jumps and more aggressive/technical all mountain freestyle riding. Nothings really changed from 2012-2015.
If you like the idea of the discontinued Arbor Blacklist bent backwards the Arbor Relapse is a good choice. It has traditional pop off the tip/tail that is close to the Westmark that creates a fun tail generated spring. The Arbor Relapse also has that super fun stability that only a camber or mostly camber board can deliver. The Arbor Relapse is stiffer between the feet and softer on the tip/tail so it can be a little more playful when slowing down for a butter or jib but it’s not ideal compared to many other boards. Even though camber boards like the Arbor Relapse are more technical and not as forgiving as rocker boards they provide a more powerful ride that many still really appreciate. It would be ideal to have this board for normal days and then have a rocker board for powder or days you are feeling more mellow.
2013 Arbor Relapse
Aggressive All Mountain Freestyle
Intermediate - Expert
Dubai by SWS
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Arbor Relapse
On Snow Feel: Cambered Board. Loves to n/ollie and pops you into the air.
Powder: Didn't test it in Pow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Rides like a wooden door. In 159 it's really wide, about 26,1cm. Edge to edge is really slow and you need to really put pressure on that edges. Carving works.
Speed: The base isn’t fast. It feels stable.
Uneven Terrain: The stiffer flex and more aggressive ride is going to handle speed pretty well but when you have to deal with end of the day tracked up groomed snow it’s not ideal. You can feel a little more impact being passed up to your body.
Approximate Weight: For me it feels a bit heavy, because of the waist of 26,1cm. The new 2015 version is avaiable in "normal" waistwidth.
Edge Hold: Edges were detuned for the park a bit. But still holds pretty good.
Flex: Nice middleflex. It’s not great at buttering or presses but u can butter this board. You have to prepared that it fights back.
Switch: This is a true twin and its going to be the same either way.
Rails- Not the best rail board.
Pipe: If the edge hold was a little better it would be an excellent board for those that know how to ride the pipe well.
Jumps: What a fun board to Ollie and jump. If you are into bigger jumps and like a more camber feel underfoot when jumping this is a good choice. It really give you the air you need.