** No changes this snowboard for 2017, this review was carried over from 2016
Board: 2016 Arbor Westmark Rocker
Type: Freestyle/Park Twin
Camber Option: “The Rocker System” – Full rocker throughout the board that gets more mellow as you get closer to the tips, with additional Grip Tech contact points added underfoot.
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Conditions: Packed powder and sunny skies
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Arbor Westmark Rocker is a well-rounded park board that you can do pretty much anything with. While I wouldn’t say it is a specialist in any one area, it has the stability you need for jumping and all mountain riding while still being playful and easy to press and jib with.
Carving: This board carves well, it’s decently fast edge to edge and has smooth turn initiation doing both wide and short/quick turns; it’s nice and maneuverable going through tighter lines as well.
Edge Hold: You can throw your weight into turns on this one and count on your edge biting down and keeping you locked in. I’m a huge advocate for additional contact points on rocker snowboards and the Grip Tech gets the job done on the Westmark.
Flex: On the softer side of medium, getting more playful in the tips.
Stability: I was pleasantly surprised with the stability I was able to get out of this board. It’s got your back on jumps, and felt good charging around the mountain at high speed. It absorbs chatter pretty well despite the soft flex.
Butters: One of the areas that stood out on the Westmark. The flat head tips provide a solid platform to butter around on and the rocker makes for good-looking presses with a catch-free feel. I had a good time doing all kinds of butters on this one.
Jibbing: This is a well-rounded board on the jibs. It’s got everything you need to hit the large rail features while still being able to throw up a nice looking press without too much effort. Sometimes rocker snowboards can be tricky to lock in, but this board feels good on rails.
Jumps: Not a stranger to the jump game, the Westmark Rocker can step up to some decent size booters. I played around in the medium jump range and felt right at home. It’s even got some stability to spare and help you out if you find yourself in the backseat.
Pop/Snap: This board has enough pop to get the job done in most cases, but it won’t blow your mind. I’d say its pretty average pop for a park snowboard, it won’t boost you like camber can.
Switch: This twin snowboard rides great regular and switch.
Recommendations: The rider looking for a well-rounded park focused snowboard that is on the more playful side of the spectrum. I could see beginners enjoying progressing their riding on this board as well whether that’s on the slopes or in the park.
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