Board: 2017 Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Model - Camber
Type: All-Mountain – Mountain Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber “the camber system” by Arbor
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Keystone Resort & Loveland Resort, Colorado – Whistler Blackcomb, BC, Canada – Mt Bachelor, Oregon
Conditions: Everything from groomers and icy conditions to sunny park laps and deep powder
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro is a hard charging all-mountain snowboard that isn’t overly stiff. With this snowboard you’ll get a fast and durable sintered base, a real wood topsheet, bamboo struts for pop and stability, and Grip Tech contact points underfoot for superior control on icy slopes where you might otherwise be slipping. However, the coolest tech in my opinion is the Uprise Fenders. Arbor basically just lifted the base and edge up off of the snow by a few degrees exactly right where the main contact points are; this creates a very catch free experience while still giving you the power and control of full regular camber.
Powder: The main thing this board has going on to help it float in powder is the fact that it has a mountain twin shape. This allows it to feel the same riding in either direction, but creates a slightly longer nose than tail outside of the contact points for better float. The Iguchi Pro is still the type of snowboard that you will have to keep your weight leaned back on in the deep stuff, but is a significant step up float-wise when compared to a true twin snowboard.
Carving & Edge Hold: Arbor’s Grip Tech side cut provides superior edge hold compared to pretty much any other form of additional contact points except for Magne Traction. I found the Iguchi Pro was able to hold a strong edge even in icy conditions; you can feel the boards grip focus under your feet in slippery situations. The side cut on this one is also pretty aggressive and great for carving, the faster you go the more fun this board becomes on groomed terrain.
Flex: Medium flex that is consistent throughout the length of the snowboard, I’d say right around 6/10. You can get a decent looking press out of this snowboard but you’ll have to put some effort into it.
Stability: The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro is going to provide you with above average stability, as well as some nice dampening on uneven terrain. Regardless of where you take it, this snowboard is going to stay strong under your feet and power through. The medium flex also helps to absorb shocks, so you won’t feel every little bump underfoot which is nice.
Butters: You’ll need to spend a moment figuring out the flex pattern and how the medium flex likes to press, but once you do buttering becomes a lot of fun. The Uprise Fenders allow for comfortable butters and provide an unexpected catch free feeling out of this regular camber snowboard.
Jumps: This board has the stability to stomp landings on pretty much any jump you’ve got your eye on, everything ranging from side hits and rollers to the large line in the park is on the table with this board. While I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a great board for jumping and spinning in the park, it is definitely capable. If you’re cruising and want to catch some air, go for it!
Jibs: This is not a jib-focused snowboard, however it’s still a lot of fun for a few laps if you find yourself in the park. The board locks in well and feels pretty comfortable on rail features, but technical rail tricks and tricks that involve pressing are going to be more difficult.
Pop/Snap: The tail holds energy well and provides lots of pop when loaded up; I would say this snowboard has above average pop. The Iguchi Pro boosts off of even small bumps in your path and is definitely capable of catching you by surprise with some major pop even after you’ve become familiar with the board.
Recommendations: The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro snowboard is a great choice for the all-mountain rider looking for a one board to do-it-all solution. This is a snowboard that is going to perform well in any given situation, and without making any major compromises. If you want something that’s equipped to handle powder, icy slopes, trees, back bowls, groomers and park laps, you should consider the Bryan Iguchi Pro. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
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