|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Arbor Westmark Camber 2022 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Buttery, poppy and forgiving. Excellent jib board.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Uprise fender (lifted sides near tip/tail) can feel edgeless/washy in harder snow.
The Arbor Westmark Camber is a great pure park board. It can feel edgeless in harder snow but it is forgiving while still having full camber pop.
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Arbor Westmark Camber Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Conditions: Good early spring snow but not immune to some harder snow.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Burton Kendo
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Contact Pro/Union Superpro
Jacket: Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Glove,
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +15/-15. Close to Reference.
How It Was Tested
One day we rode the DWD Rat, Arbor Westmark Camber and YES Dicey with the same bindings to see how they would all compare. Another we just rode the Westmark.
Felt normal for its length. It fit (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
The Arbor Westmark Camber felt just right for Nick who was the primary tester, but I wouldn’t want something bigger either. The bump in the sidecut right in the middle of the binding inserts makes it fit a larger boot than you would think by looking at the waist. Don’t take it too far though as this still isn’t totally mid/wide friendly.
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Arbor Westmark Camber is a true twin and has a very centered feel to it.
The camber profile is unique to the industry which is good and bad. The Uprise Fender tech matches its name. You have little fenders at the end of the effective edges so it doesn’t come in contact with the snow. The edges in harder snow can feel washy and sometimes edgless when you are learning how to ride the board. In medium to softer snow the Arbor Westmark Camber feels like a full on camber board that doesn’t catch an edge easy. So you have to get used to the split personality.
The Arbor Westmark Camber has this very easy to butter flex that felt easier than many hybrid rocker and hybrid camber shapes I’ve tried and I’ve tried a lot. It butters easy and ollies really well with a healthy bit of pop. More than you would think from the mellow camber. It can be a little weird to butter or load up on the edge for an ollie but once you get used to the fender’s it snaps hard making you look better than you are.
Not for speed but tracks well from feature to feature. Not really a great mountain freestyle board either. Doable but happiest sizing down and keeping it in the park.
There is for sure a hard snow learning curve with the Arbor Westmark Camber. The first time I tried Arbor System Camber with Uprise Fender tech in hard snow I wanted off it immediately. So did many of my friends. You have to tell yourself to keep committing to that edge and put lots of pressure between your feet towards the “Grip Tech” bumps by the bindings. If you do that it counterintuitively holds. You think the edges are going to wash on you like they would if you don’t fully commit to putting pressure there. Some will never get used to this but most will with a little time. Once you figure out how to use the edges in harder snow it has competent grip.
Not really for carving but good for what it is.
No thank you…
The Arbor Westmark Camber is a forgiving true twin so it is super easy switch. Nick loved this in the park. He got on it in softer snow so he loved it. Was the best board he tested in the comparison mentioned above and had a blast on it the next day just lapping the park with the camera off. This is an excellent jibber. Not bad for small to medium kickers either if you get used to the fenders near the end of the effective edge.
So the fender uprise can take some getting used to but it is less difficult than TBT from Bataleon. So if you want to take the time to get used to it in hard snow it’s a pretty fun poppy and dynamic park ride.
Arbor Westmark Camber Past Reviews
The Arbor Westmark Camber is their modern mostly camber take on the rocker Westmark. It’s got a little more pop, stability but it’s missing the float that the Rocker Westmark Has.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
2016-2017 Arbor Westmark Camber Review
Conditions: Everything from soft leftover Sierra Powder to harder spring conditions.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Genesis, Burton Cartel, Flux DS
Set Up: Centered approximately 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal. Nothing too light or too heavy. Just normal.
On Snow Feel: In a lot of ways, it feels a lot like the Rocker version except it feels more stable under foot one footing and flat basing. The Arbor Westmark Camber has a lot of good things going for it with this new mostly camber shape. It acts just like camber except it doesn’t catch like camber and our only complaint is it floats like camber.
Flex: Not quite as buttery as the rocker version but very doable. If you are used to buttering a camber board then this will be fine but it will take more work if you are used to boards with rocker in it.
Turn Initiation: Kind of slow but a good slow edge to edge. Easy to skid a turn and easy to move it around but just not one of those ultra quick turners. It likes to go straight.
Skidded Turns: When you hear the word camber you think catchy but the Arbor Westmark isn’t when it comes to skidding turns. That little lifted section on the sides makes for an easy
Carving: Huge improvement over the Rocker. It’s not perfect and it’s a small twin but it carves really well for what it is.
Powder: The system camber tech only lifts the last part of the effective edge so it doesn’t catch but it’s not going to help in powder. I’d much rather be on the rocker Westmark in powder.
Speed: Rides big for the size and not bad at all. There is much more mountain ability than you would think when it comes to this board.
Uneven Terrain: Easy to turn through bumps but nothing great.
Edge Hold: Same great edge hold as the System Rocker version but it’s not really more edge hold due to the lifted sides at the end of the effective edge.
Switch: Just like all twins when centered. Very easy and only a little behind an asymmetrical board.
Jibbing: We all felt it was a good but not great jibber.
Pipe: No pipe either but seems like the camber would help it drive better from wall to wall.
Jumps: Love the way this pops off the tail. The Rocker version pops just as well between the feet but it’s much more fun to load it up on the tail or nose. The one thing is that loading up on the nose or tail edge is it can sometimes hit the lifted area and become a bit washy. it’s best to ollie or nollie off the center of the tip/tail instead of load off the edge. This is a problem for some but not for others. It’s the one part of the board that gives you a feeling similar to the TBT boards from the Bataleon/Lobster family. You feel camber throughout and then suddenly it feels like a rocker board and washes on you. It takes some time to adjust but after a while, you can make it work.
So as long as you have something else that floats better in powder the Arbor Westmark Camber is a great board for the price to play in the park but also ads good turning to the repertoire.
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