Arbor A-Frame 2020 Review

Snowboard Tested and Rider Specs:

Cosa Nostra  Size: 158cm
MSRP: $649
Bindings: Union Falcor
Boots: Vans Infuse
Stance: 22.5″ +15 Front & -15 back
Rider Height: 6’0″
Rider Weight: 195
Conditions/Terrain Tested: groomers, powder, chop

Product detail:

  • American Black Walnut / Black Hand Dyed Ash Power Ply
  • Highland Core
  • Sintered Base
  • Mixed Glassing
  • Carbon A-Frame Board Reinforcement
  • Tapered Tail
  • A 360 degree, fully wrapped sidewall
  • Knucklehead Tip Profile
  • Three Year Warranty
  • Flex: 9/10

About Arbor Snowboards:

Arbor launched their brand in 1995. They started as a snowboard company and added skateboards a few years later.  They’ve stayed true to their roots, making high quality, handmade, environmentally friendly snowboards.

Review:

The Arbor A-Frame returned to Arbor’s line last year with a new shape, Grip-Tech, and Uprise fenders. The A-Frame is a true directional board designed for all-mountain riding. The new shape has a big nose with a knucklehead tip and a little bit of taper. Arbor manufactured these boards with RWD Carbon A-Frame reinforcements running diagonally from the front and rear contact points to the inserts, making turn initiation a breeze and providing torsional stability. This quickly became one of my favorite boards to ride and handles exceptionally well in the deepest of powder and on groomers. The Grip-Tech contact points and Uprise fenders make it extremely fast and stable and provide amazing turn initiation on groomers. I found it to be super stable, even at high speeds. 

I am not a huge fan of the park, but I love my pow days more than anything. This board definitely did not disappoint! It’s big nose (31cm), setback and a slight taper in the tail made for an extra floaty ride. The base is Arbor’s sintered base, containing a higher molecular weight and offering up an added durability and some serious speed. The A-Frame’s core is the Highland Core, their highest-end core that is made from a blend of estate-grown Poplar and Paulownia that provides a light-weight performance that makes it ideal in deep powder. The combination of shape and materials offers up smooth turns, extra control, and significant speed. The A-Frame is rated a 9/10 on the Arbor’s flex scale, I found this to be pretty accurate. The A-Frame is stiff, you’ll really have to work to butter on this board. 

The A-Frame, like all of Arbor’s line, are environmentally friendly. New for their 2020 line is Entropy Bio Resin, a replacement for a traditional petroleum-based resin that doesn’t affect performance or usability. The ingredients that go into Entropy Bio-Resin are sourced as co-products or waste products of other industrial processes and are manufactured employing green chemistry techniques that reduce the carbon footprint of the material by up to 40% (when compared to its petroleum-based equivalent). This board also features the R.A.P. Topless Technology, in which the Bio-Plastic Topsheet featured on numerous Arbor boards is eliminated, giving you a lighter, eco-friendly ride.

Overall:

The A-Frame is an All-Mountain hard charger. It excels in powder but will lay down some really fun carves on corduroy. If you are looking for an intermediate to advanced All-Mountain board consider an A-Frame, it will not disappoint!

Pros:

  • Stunning top sheet
  • Grip Tech sidecut
  • Excellent float
  • Sintered CrossLink Base is fast
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • none
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Performance:4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Design:4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Overall:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

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