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Arbor Spruce 2022 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Good price point. Durable. Good Boot Support.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Considerably Less Board Feel/Flex Underfoot than the Cypress and Hemlock.
The Arbor Spruce doesn’t have the same construction or board feel of the Cypress and Hemlock but it comes at a very reasonable price point.
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Arbor Spruce 2022 Snowboard Binding Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Days: 4 Days
Conditions: Good Spring Snow
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs) and a lot of our crew.
Boots: Burton Kendo
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Arbor Clovis, Capita Mercury, Jones Mountain Twin,
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt
Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union STR, Union Flite Pro, Burton Custom
How It Was Tested
I rode the Arbor Spruce with the Jones Mountain Twin & Capita Mercury. On those two boards I did a lot of same day comparisons with the Arbor Cypress to see how they compared. I also rode them on the Arbor Coda and I think the Arbor Single.
2.2 Lbs with the screws and disc per binding. The Arbor Spruce is a little bit on the heavy side but overall it isn’t that heavy.
You get a pretty stiff highback with the Arbor Spruce. It doesn’t have much twist or give going back.
The Arbor Spruce does not have really any flex underfoot. There is a lot of solid contact with the board. It makes the board feel stiffer underfoot but it doesn’t flex easy underfoot.
The Arbor Spruce has less response you would think for his flex but it is still pretty middle ground.
With the Arbor Spruce has a good amount of EVA foam in the heel and a little throughout the foot bed. It runs all the way to the gas pedal. This doesn’t dampen the ride too much because there is soo much contact with the plastic of the base plate and the board.
These straps are great. They are very similar to the Cypress and Hemlock which is no bad thing.
The Arbor Spruce has decent ratchets for this price point and they work well.
Not having an adjustable heel loop makes the Arbor Spruce less adjustable than the Cypress and Hemlock. It does have an adjustable gas pedal which really helps.
The full size disc has a pretty good slide to it so you can get the stance width you want.
So I would like to see some foam or rubber or something else on the base plate to dampen the ride and maybe improve the flex underfoot. That being said it’s hard to be critical at this price point.
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