For years splitboards were the weak link for snowboarders trying to ride in the backcountry, sure splitboards allowed us to go into the mountain and get away from the crowds like ski mountaineers have been doing for years however the splits never rode like a traditional snowboard.
Over the last few years I am happy to say that’s just not the case anymore, I am happy to introduce you to the Arbor Abacus Splitboard.
Find out how the true twin tip Arbor Abacus split designed for backcountry riding and pow surfing held up in the legendary terrain around the Tetons :
Arbor Abacus Splitboard Review
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. Arbor has completed dialed in the right mix of sustainability and modern day tech in these incredibly lively snowboards.
With a medium flex the 2015 Arbor Abacus is easy quick to maneuver and extremely fast from edge to edge.
Arbor Abacus in Action
Arbor Abacus Stability
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, its really as simple as that.
Arbor Splitboard Float
The 2015 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 waters 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.
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 Abacus comes with a Sintered base, a reinforced Carbon Fiber tip and tail and lots and of natural sustainable wood materials which can be found throughout the construction of this splitboard. Not sure you need a full split setup for the backcountry? Checkout my Arbor Element Review for a nice all mountain daily drive.
Try and find this Arbor Splitboard before they sell out ok! Seriously, every one of our testers has loved this board. The 2015 Arbor Abacus Splitboard 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.
I can’t say enough good things about this board and have zero bad things to say about it, the price is right at only $545 on sale. What are you waiting for?
Just in the last month Arbor Snowboards added Mark Carter and Bryan Iguchi to their team, these guys are riding hard in the Tetons and demand the best in their gear, you should too!
Support Arbor, support Snowboarders and go out and rip some pow on the 2015 Arbor Abacus Splitboard, get stoked!!! I know I sure am anytime I get ready to take this split into the mountains..