Arbor Abacus Split Review

Arbor Abacus Splitboard Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

With a medium flex, the Arbor Abacus Splitboard is easy quick to maneuver and extremely fast from edge to edge. Find out how the true twin-tip Arbor Abacus Splitboard designed for backcountry riding and pow shredding, held up in the legendary terrain around the Tetons.

Arbor Abacus Splitboard Review

Mike Hardaker on the Arbor Abacus Splitboard on Teton Pass Photo Jacob Stinson | Mountain Weekly News

The Arbor Abacus Splitboard has a nice blend of Reverse Camber and System Rocker. Obviously, the Reverse Camber works great for plowing through fresh snow just like a surfboard floats and planes on top of the water’s surface. It’s one of those rare snowboards that eliminates the need to think, you want to go left, it goes left, you want to go right the board will take you there.

Grip Tech – every snowboard should have this! While I am not a fan of snowboards with aggressive Magne-Traction, Arbor’s Grip Tech offers a nice blend with 4 added points of contact for superior edge hold. Not only will you be able to notice the added contact points while riding the Abacus but this tech really works wonders for touring on the uphill.

More points of contact will help keep you from sliding off those icy ski tracks, it’s really as simple as that.

Abacus loves the skin track Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

The Abacus loves the skin track Photo, Mike Hardaker

Arbor is using fully wrapped metal edges around the Abacus sidewall, the way all snowboards should be built! Throw in a 3-year warranty, a new production facility that’s creating boards at a high standard and you can rest assured that there won’t be any quality issues with these snowboards.

The Arbor Abacus comes with a Sintered base, a reinforced Carbon Fiber tip, and tail and lots and of natural wood materials that can be found throughout the construction of this splitboard.

Arbor has completed dialed in the right mix of green efforts and modern-day tech in these incredibly lively snowboards. Any time a brand is building boards using materials like Eucalyptus and Poplar while throwing around terms like “Real Wood” you better believe these snowboards are going to have some life to them.

Overall Impression

The Arbor Abacus Splitboard ($749.99 is truly driving circles around most of the other splits currently on the market. Once locked into place the Abacus fits together nicely with no gaps between the feet, has zero loss in responsiveness which is rare with splits and will easily take you deeper into the mountains to find the goods.

Arbor Abacus Splitboard

Possibly the last splitboard you will ever need to buy? Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

4 Comments on "Arbor Abacus Split Review"

  1. How does this board compare to the Gnu Beast splitboard? Does the softer flex and twin direction affect how it performs on hard snow and at higher speeds when compared to the Gnu? Can’t decide which one to buy. Both have their pros and cons. Thanks.

    • Mike Hardaker | March 16, 2015 at 6:21 PM | Reply

      Hey Tom,

      You can checkout our review of the GNU Beast here –
      The Abacus is little bit softer then the Beast in terms of flex. I tend to not ride hardpack on my splitboard so can’t really help you there.

      Last years Beast are available for $430 right now and this years are around $600. And the Abacus are running between $450-$600 depending on size.

      Honestly both will ride incredible as close to your regular board as any splits we have tested to date. Let me know what you end up going with.
      -Mike

  2. nice nice

    • Stoked, thanks for checking out the site. If you are in Jackson and need snowboard gear be sure to stop in and see Lauri at the Board Room!

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