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    Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 2:08pm
I am a beginner snowboarder and looking for a good board to start out with. Does anyone have experience with the Arbor formula? I've heard it's a great board for beginners. Any other boards you might recommend?
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  Quote namsapalooza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 3:58pm
I haven't ridden the Arbor, so I hope someone else will be able to tell you more. But an entirely different tip (if you were already aware of this, just ignore me), but the single most piece of equipment you need are boots that actually fit you. I had a crap board and crap boots to go with it when I started out. Once I upgraded the boots, the board turned out to be fine still.
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 4:22pm
^^This.

But since you asked about boards, I will throw the Burton Feather into the ring.  It's a solid beginner/intermediate board with a nice rockered shape, ever so slightly raised edges, a mellow yet stable ride, nice stance options, Burton's 3D mounting system, and "pretty graphics."  that last one was one of the reasons my little cousin picked one up last year for her first time on a board.  It even has some mid-wides witch was pretty rare when we were looking for a board for her.  It's one of those beginner boards that isn't going to hold you back as you progress.

Pretty nice price point as well right now in a variety of sizes:

She paired it with the Citizen bindings and i think the Mint boots (or Coco boots?)

I know Arbor has a near cult following, so they've got that going for them for sure!
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  Quote | | | bryman | | | Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 5:07pm
I think they still have some v-spots left on here at a solid discount, those thinks are kinda dope

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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 8:16pm
The Arbor Formula is a well-chosen board for a novice. The reverse camber profile of the board is, visually, quite drastic. Actually, most of Arbor's rockered snowboards use this same profile. This amount of reverse camber makes initiating your turns almost effortless and reduces the risk of accidentally catching your edge and falling if your carving technique isn't perfect. This amount of forgiveness does have a caveat: if you point the board straight and decide to missile it downhill, it will feel a little loose... like a shopping trolley with a busted wheel that's flapping around. This is an inherent weakness of all reverse camber snowboards.

Almost all Arbor snowboards have a slight hump extension of the edges beside the binding inserts (they call it "the System") which acts like a mild edge serration. It helps the board bite down on hard or icy snow when you carve and neutralises the rocker profile's tendency to wash/slide out under your feet.

This is a pretty basic board without any weight-reducing designs or strong pop, so don't expect to be pulling ollies and jumping gaps on it so soon. Pick a size that fits your weight and you'll be laughing.

I say go for it. I also used to ride Arbor-- can't go wrong with the Formula for learning to ride, especially with what you're getting for the price.
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  Quote acasi18 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/19/2013 at 10:17pm
Thanks everyone for your replies! I was also wondering about board size. I am 5'8 and weigh 134lbs what would you recommend?
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  Quote namsapalooza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2013 at 2:35am
I cheated a little and without knowing your shoe size I'd say about a 148-149ish board length would be good. If you have big feet you will want to check whether the waist width of the board is wide enough otherwise you might find your toes dragging in the snow as you're riding. If they're not on the big side, you should be just fine.
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  Quote acasi18 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2013 at 9:21am
Thanks! And my shoe size is 9/10.
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2013 at 9:55am
Originally posted by acasi18

Thanks everyone for your replies! I was also wondering about board size. I am 5'8 and weigh 134lbs what would you recommend?

While height and weight are useful attributes in recommending a board size what we really need is a photo, preferably in a bikini or as little clothing as possible to truly evaluate your physical stature and match you to the absolute perfect board length.

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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2013 at 11:38am
According to the calculator at 5'8, 130 lbs, size 9.5 boots, OP can go 149 as a beginner and 151 as intermediate.  
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2013 at 12:42pm
Originally posted by acasi18

Thanks everyone for your replies! I was also wondering about board size. I am 5'8 and weigh 134lbs what would you recommend?
148 cm will match you, being that it is your body mass that manipulates the board. That is also the Formula's smallest size. 
 
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While height and weight are useful attributes in recommending a board size what we really need is a photo, preferably in a bikini or as little clothing as possible to truly evaluate your physical stature and match you to the absolute perfect board length.
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  Quote mandapanda Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/30/2013 at 6:00pm
Never rode arbor but start small
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  Quote Aus_Boarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2013 at 1:51am
I've been riding an Arbor board for 6 years.  The build quality is excellent.  Can't recommend them enough.
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