Arbor Element review, (All Mtn Beast) from snowy Mt. Baker Washington.
The 2017 Arbor Element snowboard is an all mountain beast. This board will do everything you think up, from side hits, to ripping steep and deep powder. With 20 years under it’s belt the Arbor Elements classic design is here to stay!
Arbor Element Review
Thanks to a parabolic rocker (rocker that fades out towards the tips) the Element was simply an amazing snowboard to be ripping around on while riding through a series of storm cycles that hit us here in the PNW. The ‘floatation’ of these boards is unreal. Combined with Arbor’s tired and true grip tech edges, and spoon like profile, you can billy goat your way into those deep pillow stacks like a dream.
Arbor Material and Stiffness
The Element from Arbor comes with the ash power ply top sheet, which acts as another layer of fiberglass, as well as giving off the Arbor signature wood top sheet look that has really set the brand apart from the competition from day 1. The stiffness on this board I would say is about a 6 on a scale from 1-10. It has some backbone yet is a very playful board.
The 2017 Arbor Element has low swing weight which is nice, especially on those bigger sizes. I would say if your a resort rider looking at one board to do it all, the Element from Arbor Snowboards is a great option.
One of the raddest things about this board is the fact it won’t break the bank. The Arbor Element’s premium package, which I would suggest is just a little but more expensive than the 399.99 price on the standard but well worth it. The premium 499.90 price has a sintered base which tends to be a little more resilient in comparison the extruded. With me being a little more rough on boards then the normal snowboarder, I would suggest it to anyone looking to get the most out of their board.
At the end of the day the Element is a great versatile snowboard that will hold up to anything you throw at it. With sizes from 153 – 166 MW you’ll be sure to find a size that suits you.
The Element rides great in resorts accessed backcountry, but I feel that if you are riding out of bounds more often than not, there may be better options in the Arbor snowboard line for you.
2015 Arbor Element Review
by Mike Hardaker
Designed with all mountain riders in mind, the 2015 Element truly allows you to rip every inch of the mountain. From trees to pow to the park this all-around shred stick does it all.
I had a chance to ride the Arbor Element over the course of a few months and wanted to share my thoughts on this board. See below :
The Arbor Element has just the right amount of life and response. It’s a directional twin-shaped snowboard that’s incredibly playful. It’s easy to butter, fun to jib, has great pop for sending jumps, and even works well for throwing down lines in the backcountry. The medium flex (softer at the tip and tail) gives the board quite a bit of pop. This board is well, epic.
The float is fairly effortless and doesn’t lead to the dreaded back leg workout that some all-mountain twins do. Simply put, the Element is a solid powder board for those that like to ride switch just as much as regular on groomer runs or in the pow.
Arbor Grip Tech
The combo of The System profile and Arbors “Grip Tech” sidecut makes for smooth edge-to-edge transitions. The edges engage when you need it without hooking up when you least expect them to. I tried to make this board washout over and over again with no luck, once the Grip Tech takes over it offers solid performance especially in steeper terrain like we have here in the Tetons.
The Arbor Element handles like a champ at high speeds as well for anyone wanting to go mach 12.
Another interesting board in the Arbor line to consider is the Wasteland, its the brands Flagship snowboard. Checkout Carter’s Arbor Wasteland Review to learn more about this full rocker slayer.
Arbor Element Snowboard Review Clips
According to Sean Black, Arbors team manager “None of us would be here if a Hawaiian hadn’t paddled into a wave on a board made from a loa tree all those years ago. We work with the Hawaiian Legacy Rainforest Initiative not just to replant trees but to rebuild forests”.
Arbor is showing the snowboard industry how to be green by design snowboards sustainably. Every inch of the Element is made with sustainable materials (including sustainably-harvested wood). This lead to the Elements amazing lively feel, precision and control. In years past the bamboo sidewall was a weak link in some of Arbors boards but I am happy to say that’s in the past. After 20+ days of tough riding this board looks almost brand spanking new.
After testing, I can safely say this is one of the few snowboards I’ve ridden that handles the entire mountain without a blinking an eye. It eats pow for breakfast snacks on groomers for lunch and apres in the park with reliability that’s second to none.
Overall, the Element is a very playful board that you can get to do just about anything you want without ever having to worry about washing out. Riding the element is like linking up with an x, or connecting with an old best friend you just seem to know what to do without having to give it much thought. This is snowboarding after all, no need to over think it.
I highly recommend taking the Arbor Element for a test drive and then grabbing one from our partners below.