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t22 Name tom
Location Reston, VA, US
Level Ski Bum  (609 points)
Member Since 1/2/2011
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"ride easy" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 2
Average Days/Year: 6
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: freeride
Preferred Terrain: park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'9, 146 lbs
Board Size: 155
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
Ride with Me  
Region: East Coast
Location: Pennsylvania
Resort: Whitetail Ski Resort
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"Good entry level" 1/31/2011
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Arbor Formula Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Use:  Groomed
  • Pros:  Good Starter, Easy to control,
  • Cons:  As you get better, will become obsolete ,

Experience:   The Formula is a good and uniquie looking directional snowboard for those that know they will probably spend more time on the mountain than in the park. The Formula is far better than renting and will help you get to the next level of snowboarding. For 2011 Arbor changed the formula into a pretty functional all conditions rocker snowboard. The float in powder is better so you won't cartweel as much in the deeper stuff. The turn inititiation is much easier as well so the beginner can turn without catching an edge. The edge hold with their new side cut works very well to create a good grip without sacraficing that traditional board feel that many like. All in all this is one of the better beginner snowboards out there. Once you get better the formula will become obsoleete but the Arbor Formula is a great way to start.
"Good All Mountain" 1/31/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Arbor Element Cx Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Powder
  • Pros:  Good for whole mountain,
  • Cons:  Pricey,

Experience:   The Arbor Element is made by nice guys who make good looking boards. For 2011 the Arbor Element now comes in two models. The CX (camber) and the RX (rocker). The old school camber is going to have a more aggressive less forgiving ride for those that like the old school go big feel. It doesn't look like any other board on the market and still rides very well. The areas where the Element CX Shines is groomers and carving. The CX is good in powder but doesn't have the float and easy turn initiation that the CX will. Some riders still prefer this riding style to a rocker style in powder but most prefer the effortless feeling that rocker provides. If you have a lot of powder days then the RX might be the choice. If you don't get much powder then you might be more interested in the good ol CX. All in all the Arbor Element CX still provides an amazing ride for those that still want camber.
"Great Park Board" 1/31/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2011 Arbor Draft Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Jibs,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Playful, soft, easy to use
  • Cons:  Not good for anything but park, unstable at speeds,

Experience:   The Arbor Draft was the first snowboard in their line up for 2010 to go rocker. For 2011 the Draft is pretty much the same board minus a few refinements. The Draft is Arbor's take on Reverse Camber Park Board and it also has Brass rails. It has quite an extension at the binding section that seems to be the size of the more aggressive Magnetraction side cut that the Mervin boards have. The one difference is it has only 2 extensions instead of 5. Having only 2 big edge extensions makes the draft turn more like a traditional board than a skate style magnetraction board. That being said this board still is very fun to in the jib park! If you like the Draft riding style but want more edge hold then the Arbor Del Rey will be a better call.

Comments & Questions

Skoojoo
You do realize that magnetraction vs Griptech doesnt affect the way the board turns it only affects the way edge responds on ice and hard pack, dont you?



"Great Bindings!" 1/30/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Union Force
  • Pros:  Does an awesome job, Cheaper than competition,
  • Cons:  Only a couple of angles for ankle straps, Ankle strap not as supportive as others,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   This is a great binding. It is for the all-mountain rider. These do the job of a super expensive binding for only a percentage of the price. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the whole mountain/resort rats.
"so so" 1/2/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Burton TWC Standard Snowboard - Boy's
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Pros:  does the job,
  • Cons:  some don't like it,

Experience:   For some reason the Operator works for Shaun but not many other people. The Operator is very aggressive ride but never seems to use the best Burton tech. Not all riders are stoked on it either. You love it or are luke warm to it. That being said it's been around for a while so the staying power says something. This year they have the standard and pro collection. The standard is more in the beginner to intermediate level but the pro is more high end. (by operator i mean the twc)
"Good for entry" 1/2/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Burton Awol Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  Good entry boot,
  • Cons:  older style boot,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  soft
  • Shoe Size:  10.5
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   it's still very much in the style of the old boot the tech and stiffness has been downgraded. The AWOL will be a perfect boot for those who want a low priced entry level or soft snowboard boot. People can say what they want about Burton boots but one thing I have notices is they are possibly the most comfortable boots out there. To us comfort can sometimes beat performance. The one thing I noticed in 2010 is all Burton boots are much softer. This is a nice addition as a more aggressive mid priced boot in the Burton line.
"Only for beginners" 1/2/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Salomon C Force Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Cheap,
  • Cons:  not that good, only for beginners,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   You can't expect much from beginner bindings but for the price you shouldnt. These are one of the better beginner bindings out there even though the tech is not the best. If you are serious about the sport of snowboarding buy one or 2 levels up. If you are sick of renting, the force will be a good choice.

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