Arbor Snowboards Bryan Iguchi Pro Rocker Review
Bindings: Arbor Cypress size Large
Boots: DC Travis Rice size 12
Stance: 23 +14 Front & -14 back
Rider Height: 6’0″
Rider Weight: 195
Conditions/Terrain Tested: Powder, Groomers, and chop.
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.
The Arbor Snowboards Bryan Iguchi Pro Rocker is an all-mountain board for the intermediate to advanced rider. It features a rocker profile and is a directional twin with medium flex. It has the same uniquely cut shape as the Iguchi Pro Camber. Bryan designed the shape of this board based on the unique shapes of skateboards from his youth and refined the shape based on his riding style. It has a slightly tapered tail and a little bit longer nose for ultimate functionality on those deep powder days. I dig the knucklehead tip and notch tail on the board, it just really adds to the uniqueness of this board.
Arbor uses sustainably sourced wood or bamboo top sheets, Ash Power Ply, in the construction of their boards. The Power Ply works like an added layer of fiberglass to add strength and durability. I really like overall appearance with the wood veneer look. The red stain with Bryan’s artwork really makes this board stand out.
The System Rocker provides a surfy feel to this board. The System Rocker is a parabolic rocker. In other words, as you move toward the nose and tail the rocker mellows out, providing you contact points where you need them for high speed turns, big landings, etc. I was fortunate enough to get out on a blue bird pow day at Grand Targhee Resort. I loved the float and playful response this board provided while in the powder.
The Grip-Tech Sidecut is similar to Never Summer’s Vario Power Grip or Lib Tech’s Magne-Traction profiles. It puts the primary contact points under your toes and heels for a more direct way to grip the snow. Turn initiation and response were quick edge to edge…making for some fun turns and butters in powder.
The core of the Iguchi Pro Rocker uses Arbor’s Double Barrel Core. This core features poplar wood, reinforced with bamboo struts that run down the center of the board for added longitudinal pop and easy turn initiation.
The Arbor Snowboards Bryan Iguchi Pro Rocker is meant for big mountain crushing. Bryan has made his home in the Teton’s and it totally reflects his riding style. I really enjoyed riding this board…smooth, floaty ride, great for butters and the Grip-Tech Sidecut makes it very responsive. I found it to be solid in the park as well…decent pop yet enough flex to be forgiving on landings.
- Excellent float in powder
- Ash Veneer with Bryan’s art is amazing
- Grip-tech Sidecut
- Could use some camber
- Pop was not great
|Style:||(5.0 / 5)|
|Construction:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Performance:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Overall:||(4.7 / 5)|