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Arbor Women's Cask Snowboard -
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Columbia Cypress Brook II Pant
Arbor Cypress 2019 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Arbor Cypress 2019 Snowboard Binding looks very similar to the older models but there have been improvements to the ratchets that now make this a completely recommendable binding. Also, there is a new even better ankle strap than before but the key thing is that the ratchets have drastically improved to the point where it’s 100% recommendable. The talk about the base plate and high back in the reviews below are still 100% relevant.
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As far as Boot to binding adjustability goes you can move the heel loop out or in to dial it out to your boot but you can’t adjust the toe. For us, it’s better to have heel loop adjustability because it usually centers boots better on the binding and therefore it’s easier to center on the board without having to use the discs to finish it off. You have to take off the ankle strap screw to do it though and it doesn’t slide. It does stay in place even if the ankle strap screw comes loose.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Peter, Grant,
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Nidecker The Doughnut
Arbor Cypress Past Reviews
2017-2019 Arbor Cypress Snowboard Binding Review
The Arbor Cypress binding is new this year. Like many binding companies, the demo model had some issues so we tried the production model and it’s better. The ratchets are sticky like Union ratchets use to be years ago but they still work. Despite that, there is a lot of really cool tech going on underfoot that really makes for a dynamic ride. It feels like it makes the board better.
Demo Model Review which was not as good as the production model.
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Arbor Cypress User Reviews
Poor Paint Quality
The paint started chipping/flaking off where the heal cup touches my boot after using these once. Its also coming off on the ratchets just from tightening the straps. I emailed Arbor about this twice over the course for three weeks and still haven't heard back. Due to the poor quality and lack of customer service I cant say I'll be getting their products in the future.
I so wanted to leave these a good review because the performance is great but a binding at this price point should have a durable paint finish that doesn't flake off after one use.
V poor build quality.
1- The Heelcup adjustment screws are frozen into place and are impossible to loosen. After exerting some mild force with a screwdriver, the crosshead on the screw completely disintegrated like it was made from putty. Now, it is unadjustable.
2- The screws they supply for the mini disc to be mounted onto the board, are too short. That means they barely turn once in the screw slot on the board, which in turn means that the binding cannot be mounted onto the board securely.
3- It has by far the worst ratchet system I have ever tried (and I've been riding for 20 years). They stick when you try to fasten them and require brute force and risking your fingernail to unfasten them.
4- The so-called "toothless forward lean system" they rave on about is atrocious. It is stuck in place and will not move. And it is not "toothless".
5- The cross-shaped dampening material that sits between the Chassis and the board is not cut or shaped properly so it does not remain in place when the binding is not on a board.
I can go on.
It has been a long time since I was so disappointed in a product that certain online forums recommend so highly.
To think that they can sell this at a premium price is laughable.
I've never used them on the mountain and do not intend to either. These problems were encountered after unboxing them. I'm going to send them back tomorrow.
What a joke.
Not the most comfortable front strap, but did not leave (cartel more comfortable). Excellent rolls, fast turn Initiation.
Concerns on Quality
I bought these at an end of year sale last spring to go with my Arbor Element. I rode them once last year and they worked great. I finally got back out this season a few weeks ago (second day on these bindings), I took one minor fall and the front binding completely cracked in half. The bottom plastic was destroyed and it came off the board completely. I may have received a defective unit, but I ended up taking these back and went to a different brand.
Arbor Cypress 2016 M/L
It is impressive how locked in the bindings feel but don't punish you at all. They have a great level of response and a dampness in all axis (compared to NOW bindings that are only damp /responsive along the waist) that makes any board you put them on carve and charge harder. The highback really cups the whole back of the boot giving support for leaning your board all the way over or for driving your board through thick snow. Ratchets though sticky work fine, straps are comfy and shock absorption is plenty. Great binding for freeride and pow as they make you want to go fast and ram through bumpy snow due to the dampness and springy give when things get too rough. I've tried it on a YES jackpot, YES TDF and Arbor A-frame. It was a perfect match for the A-frame, It actually feels like it was made for it because they both have a solid locked in feel that can handle it when it gets choppy. I've taken them in the park and were ok. They would not be my first pick for that task but then again they weren't built for that anyways.
Ps. I tried the S/M and my size 9 boot would fit the binding, but the straps were very hard to get on the boot. I switched to the M/L and adjusted the heel loop and fits fine.