Arbor Blacklist Review
Forget the Dean’s List. I’d rather be than on the Blacklist. Getting wicked on the Arbor Blacklist Snowboard is just a straight up blast that had me coming up with any excuse possible to get up to the mountain and pump out as many sessions as I could. This thing absolutely dismantles features of all varieties whether I’m lapping the park or hitting up the natural features offered elsewhere on the mountain. Getting blacklisted might be the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I love that this stick comes in a mid-wide, because my feet are a bit too big for regular boards, but I’m not massive enough to command the full on wide boards with as much precision as I’d like, so the fact that the Arbor Blacklist is a mid-wide gives me a happy face. Not only is it a baby chub, but it also features a rockered profile and true twin shape for maximized freestyle fun. The parabolic aspect of the rocker is actually pretty genius, because it maintains that fun surfy feel while keeping the edges primed for on-demand engagement and control. The UN3 Progressive Sidecut is great for snagging some solid traction on pipe walls, staying stable in the icy stuff, and crunching through the crud. I think it teams really well with that special rocker profile for a smooth combo of performance and versatility.
Arbor Blacklist Snowboard Video
The other aspect of this stick I really dig is how dang tough it is. Arbor seriously put an emphasis on durability as it beefed up the steel edges, loaded the Rhythm Walls with urethane and ABS, equipped the Blacklist with a Fusion Base, and outfitted it with a Power Ply Topsheet. I knocked this medium flexing plank around a fair bit and it never even hinted at a weakness of any sort.
It was so refreshing to find that every piece of the park was at my mercy when I mounted up with the Arbor Blacklist Snowboard. This stick really inspires confidence to step up your ride game as it gave me the nudge to try some maneuvers I had shied away from in the past. Santa’s got his naughty and nice list, but all you need is the Arbor Blacklist.