"Arbor Draft 153"
- Name: 2012 Arbor Draft Snowboard Black Men's
- Skill: Intermediate
- Use: Groomed,Park,Powder,Switch Riding
- Pros: Lots of fun, Surprisingly good in powder, Super soft
- Cons: No dampening,
I bought this in spring and I've had three days on it in varied conditions. I already had a 158 cambered board (Del Rey) and wanted something softer and more playful. The Draft also allows you to size down, so I got a 153.
First impression was that it's a totally different feel from riding a cambered board. Nowhere near as smooth to ride - it's like driving a car with wooden tires and no suspension. You feel every little bump, especially at speed. Turn initiation was also different. But after a day getting used to the feel I started to really like the way the board rides.
You can get away with a lot more without catching an edge landing, and the reverse camber and soft flex makes butters and presses much easier. Doesn't pop quite as well as the Del Rey. Might not be everyone's favorite look, but I love the graphics on the board.
Another surprise was how well it handled powder. Although it's much shorter, this board in a 153 floats a lot better than the 158 and it's a lot less work to keep the nose up and surf.
Bottom line - it doesn't have the edge hold and control of the Del Rey, but it's better in powder and better for just goofing around doing ground tricks and small park features.