List Price US $449
Arbor Element Camber 2021 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Directional Twin
Camber Profile Mostly Camber
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Poor
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Arbor Element Camber 2021 Review by The Good Ride

Arbor Element Camber 2021 Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers.

0:00 – Intro, 0:19 – Summary, 1:23 – Sizing, 2:22 – Camber/On Snow Feel, 3:59 – Flex/Pop/Butterability, 4:43 – Speed/Uneven Terrain, 5:36 – Edge Hold, 5:56 – Turning/Carving, 6:53 – Powder, 7:52 – Switch/Park, 8:22 – Conclusion, 8:38 – About Our Reviews

Turn Ons/Swipe Right
: Almost full camber & Not catchy. Fun to turn. Great edge hold. Good Price
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Can feel edgeless and washy in hard snow. Not much float in powder for a directional twin. It comes at a pretty reasonable price and would be a great addition to a two board quiver.

Summary

The Arbor Element Camber is not a one board quiver for most but is a pretty fun mtn freestyle ride with a forgiving camber feel.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews and this is our unfiltered opinion. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Arbor Element Camber Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back
Size: 156
Days: 1 (Thanks to Covid-19)
Conditions: Pretty uneven soft late wet spring snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,
Bindings: Union Strata

Similar Boards (but not the same): Never Summer Protosynthesis, Yes Greats, Stone Message, Prior Wildcard, Marhar Darkside, Lib Tech Box Knife, Capita Outerspace Living, Yes Basic

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered on sidecut.

Sizing

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these again are just the ideal sizes.

153: 8-9

156: 9-10

159: 9-10

162: 9.5-10

160 MW: 10.5-12

161 W: 12-13

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

 

 

 

 

 

The directional twin shape with only approximately a 1cm longer nose makes for a pretty centered mountain freestyle ride. Then the mellowish camber from tip to tail with lifted contact points at the end gives it a catch free camber feel underfoot. It can feel a little edgeless and slippery in harder snow though. I found that you counterintuitively lean harder into the turn and put more weight/pressure between the feet towards the Grip Tech (extensions in the edge) it helps reduce that feeling. Other than this hard snow feel it is pretty stable underfoot one footing and flat basing. The Arbor Element Camber is really forgiving though and it is really hard to catch an edge.

Flex/Pop/Buttering

Pretty medium flex throughout the board. With the camber from tip to tail there isn’t an easy bending point so it took a bit more work than I thought but it was doable. Same with getting the Arbor Element Camber to ollie.

Speed

The Arbor Element Camber is quite damp and although the base isn’t super high end it kept its speed well when waxed for the sticky late spring conditions, I was riding in. It isn’t a bomber but also did not chatter much either. It is a pretty competent directional twin for picking up good speed on the mountain.

Uneven Terrain

There was a lot of messy uneven snow and the Arbor Element Camber didn’t pass any of that vibration up into my joints. It is a great board for riding all day on the mountain without any fatigue. It can handle slow speed turning in uneven terrain like a champ.

Edge Hold

The Arbor Element Camber’s Grip Tech (extensions of the edge by the bindings) really grips well without being grabby. It’s not perfect in harder snow because of that edgeless feel because of the lifted contact points but once you get the edges into the snow it grips well. Maybe not the best for icy snow but its good in most conditions you want to ride.

Turn Initiation

Pretty quick without being hookey and the Arbor Element Camber has an easy turn that works well weaving around bumps, trees or other tight spots you might find yourself in.

Turning Experience/Carving

I did not get the Arbor Element Camber in ideal carving conditions and kind of had to force some hard turns in uneven snow. It did well. It is fun for trying to carve switch and regular. Especially with the forgiving lifted sides.

Powder

Not ideal. The Arbor Element Camber doesn’t have the extra set of inserts that the rest of the Arbor line has so you can’t set this back far like many boards we call All Mountain/AKA a one board quiver. You only have that 1cm extra nose along with only 1.375” back from center of board at a 22” stance width with traditional disc bindings. The lifted sides (Uprise Fender) help a little and it makes it more fun to turn in powder but that camber from tip to tail really hinders float. It is mainly for riders who know how to ride camber twins in powder which is kind of a lost art these days. It takes a lot of skill to plane in deep powder with a twin.

Park

The Arbor Element Camber is a pretty solid Jump and pipe board. The only concern is tracking into a jump in harder conditions because of that edgeless feeling. With other System Camber Arbor boards I went to load up for an ollie and it washed out making for an awkward air. So in softer snow it will be great and in all conditions forgiving.

Conclusion

So after riding/reviewing this I found out the price. That kind of surprised me as I thought it was $499. So for a $449 ride this does a lot. If you like to set it back in powder this could be a great fit in a two board quiver. If you can handle camber twins/directional twins with a centered stance like this in powder then this could be a great one board quiver for the price.

 
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