One of the only splitboards that will actually increase your riding ability instead of holding you back. The 2017 Arbor Coda Splitboard rides better than most traditional solid snowboards on the market.
From the first day of testing it was apparent that Arbor had absolutely nailed the design of the Coda Split. If this board looks familiar, it should be as its based of the Arbor Abacus Splitboard we reviewed back in 2015.
Both shapes the Abacus and the new 2017 Arbor Coda Splitboard have each won our editor’s choice awards for Best Splitboard of the Year, so clearly Arbor is onto something when it comes to building splitboards.
Arbor Coda Splitboard Video Review
How Does the Coda Splitboard Ride?
The 2017 Arbor Coda Splitboard truly outperforms most solid snowboards on the market thanks to a mix of great edge hold and a ton of pop.
Arbor’s use of Poplar and Paulownia wood cores allows the Coda Splitboard to offer a lively surfy feel when ripping down the mountain. When combined with Arbor’s new Carbon Fiber Uprights at the tip and tail the Coda Split seems to want to spend as much time in the air as it does surfing on snow.
This board will go wherever you point it..
As for edge hold Arbor utilize four Grip Tech contact points on the Coda Split offering 1000% reliability when it comes to committing to your line. Another less talked about feature of the Grip Tech contact points comes into play when touring. The added contact points help in ascending when you find yourself needing that little bit of extra contact with the snow.
Speaking of contact, the Coda Splitboard is built on a reclined version of Arbor’s Rocker System technology which increases skin–to–snow contact when going uphill. Touring on rockered splitboards seems easier than cambered splitboards due to the fact your board is already in contact with the snow, which equals less work since you won’t have to put as mush pressure on each ski to weight it down.
This is Why You Go Splitboarding
What This Splitboard Won’t Do?
Teach you about avalanches or snow safety. If you’re reading this review I would hope and assume (being naive here) that you have already taken a basic level 1 avalanche course if you plan to spend time in the backcountry. A tool like the Coda Splitboard from Arbor makes it really easy to get off the beaten track, super painless to tour with and when you find yourself atop your line and the board is ripping better than anything you have ever ridden, sometimes its easy to forget you’re in the backountry where avalanches can and will happen. Otherwise it will be hard to find any sort of terrain this board won’t crush.
Arbor Coda Splitboard Durability ?
After almost 30 days on the 2017 Arbor Coda Split all I can show for damage is some scratches. Keep in mind it has been an epic winter in the Tetons and I only go out when the snow’s deep, that being said this board is truly built to last more than a season. Arbor uses fully wrapped metal edges along with Stainless Steel protectors at the tip and tail of the Coda Split to increase durability.
The Codas top sheet mixes bamboo and fiberglass that blend together for added strength. The only down side to this sort of top sheet design is it’s super slick especially if the snow’s wet. Although the top sheet really stands out, you’ll want to pay extra attention when transitioning or even just carrying the splitboard around in ski mode. I found the best way to hold the splitboard in two pieces was via the pucks. Another option would be to lightly sand the top sheet where you normally grab the board halves or just toss on a ski strap if need be.
Who Should Buy This Splitboard?
Everyone, anyone and especially you too. The 2017 Arbor Coda Splitboard cost half as much as some of the other splitboards on the market, yet will drive circles around most of the other higher priced boards. This split is to the point, not a ton of fuss as it’s based on Arbor’s tried and true Coda Snowboard which is an all mountain backcountry slayer.
Regardless of the style of riding you plan to do in the backcountry or even touring up your local ski resort the 2017 Arbor Coda Splitboard will make your days on the snow that much more fun. Truly without a doubt the best splitboard I have had the pleasure of testing. These boards will sell out, so be sure to pick one up ASAP.