List Price US $249
Arbor Cypress 2017-2019 Binding Review
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Quick Release No
Manufactured in
Canted Footbed Yes
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc Yes
Approx. Weight Feels Normal

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Boot Support


Turn Initiation



Very Easy

Binding Adjustability Average
Stance Adjustability Great
Comfort Great
Ratchet System Good
Shock Absorption Great

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.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Days:  1
RidersJames, Jimbo, Peter, Grant, 
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX
Insoles: Sandsole Custom InsolesFootprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Nidecker The Doughnut
As far as 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 or heel like you can with most bindings.  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.

Cypress Heel Loop Adjustability

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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Poor Paint Quality

Jan 18, 2019 by Caleb Smith
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Carvy • 
Days You Ride A Year: 100 

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.


Dec 12, 2018 by Rez Ebrahim
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: A bit of everything • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 167, 75kg, 7US 

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.

May 08, 2018 by Rustam
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 14 

Not the most comfortable front strap, but did not leave (cartel more comfortable). Excellent rolls, fast turn Initiation.

Concerns on Quality

Feb 07, 2018 by Brent
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 6 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11", 175, 9.5 

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

Sep 19, 2017 by Wren
Ability Level: Advanced on the mountain and beginner in the park • 
Riding Style: Aggressive all Mountain toying with Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'9" 150lbs, Arbor A-Frame 158, Arbor Cypress M/L bindings, Ride Insano size 9 

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.

2.4 4.0 5 5 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 Arb Arbor Cypress 2017-2019 Binding Review

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