Arbor Wasteland Review

The Wasteland is the premium version of the Coda Rocker. An enhanced lay-up gives this flagship, reverse camber design a light, responsive ride with optimum performance for high-speed technical riding in the steeps or on the groomers.

Snowboard Tested and Rider Specs:

  • Arbor Wasteland
  • Wasteland Size: 157MW (waist width 25.9 cm)
  • MSRP: $599.95
  • Bindings: Arbor Cypress
  • Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV size 11
  • Stance: approximately 22.5″
  • Rider Height: 6’0″
  • Rider Weight: 195

Conditions/Terrain Tested: Groomers, park, chop, and some deep pow!

Features from Arbor:

  • Inlaid Ash & American Black Walnut Powerply
  • Bio-Plastic Topsheet
  • FSC Certified Highland II Core
  • Sintered Base
  • Mixed Glassing
  • 2×4 14-Pack Inserts
  • Carbon Uprights
  • A 360 degree, fully wrapped sidewall
  • Recycled Steel Edges
  • New! Entropy Bio Resin
  • Three Year Warranty
  • Wend Natural Wax
  • Factory Tuned
  • Zero Waste Base Technology
  • Recycled ABS


The Arbor Wasteland is the premium version of the Coda Rocker. It has the appearance of a true twin but is actually a directional twin, with the nose being one centimeter longer. This comes in pretty handy when the snow is deep, just set your stance back a bit and the Wasteland floats well. 

The Wasteland carries a true rocker profile, giving the board a loose, surfy feeling. It uses Arbor’s System Rocker, a parabolic rocker.  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. 

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 Grip-Tech provides excellent edge hold in icy conditions.

Arbor developed a new core profile used in the Wasteland. The Highland II Core, made from high-quality paulownia, provides a lighter, more responsive version of their original Highland core.

Another unique feature is the Carbon Uprights, running from the nose and tail past the binding inserts. They provide added durability on landings, a bit more pop, and added backcountry performance.

I rode the Wasteland in a wide variety of conditions. It was fun to carve and rip groomers and it felt pretty stable at high speeds. With its Thunderhead tip, it performed well in powder. On a deeper powder day in the Tetons, I found I really had to sit in the back foot to keep the Wasteland from nose-diving. It was solid in the park, locking in well on rails and felt solid on jumps.

Lastly, wow the top sheet is sexy! It’s Inlaid Ash & American Black Walnut Powerply are visually stunning. This combination of wood and the mixed glassing Arbor uses make this board fairly stiff in the tip, tail and torsionally.

Overall Impressions:

The Arbor Wasteland is a do it all directional twin, that can handle every condition and terrain at your resort. This board is for the intermediate to expert level rider. With its stunning top sheet and its high-end construction it will quickly become one of your favorite boards. Next year’s version of the Wasteland will feature Arbor’s Camber System.

Arbor Wasteland profile


  • Stunning top sheet
  • Quick edge to edge
  • Stable in all conditions and at high speed
  • Great for Carving
  • Great pop


  • Have to wax frequently
Price:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Design:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Overall:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

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