Arbor A-Frame - 2010


Hike out along that burly ridge you’ve been thinking about for years. Line up that couloir everybody talks about but nobody has the balls to ride. Drop in and start with some tight controlled carves… actually forget that suggestion. Aim straight and gun the whole couloir with the fewest number of turns you can. The Arbor A-Frame will meet your needs every meter of the ride. The A-Frame is unbelievably stable at speed and holds aggressive carves faultlessly.

Manufacturer's Description:

A big-mountain gun for riders who want the highest level of on edge performance; this directional machine is designed to lock and hold a deeply carved line, provide tight control in the steeps, and deliver stability ay higher speeds. An inlaid, structural wood top pays respect to snowboarding’s surf roots.

Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding High cost snowboard Camber construction Freeride Specific Green or Eco Friendly construction

Year: 2010

Available Lengths (cm):
158, 162, 166, 170

Riding Style: Freeride


Structural wood topsheet
Rocket sintered base
Shaman wood core (50/50 blend of ultralight Paulownia wood and poplar)
Progressive tri-radial sidecut
Blended Urethane / ABS sidewalls
Hi-load tri-axial glass
Carbon torsion A-frames
FSC sustainable wood
Two year factory warranty

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Snowboard Review:

I’ve always wanted to ride an Arbor, so when the opportunity arose I was at the front of the queue. Four hours later, I’m sat here trying to write a review with adrenaline still coursing through my veins. The A-Frame is a freeride animal! With an extremely directional shape and stiff longitudinal (especially in the nose) and torsional flex you know that it’s meant for one thing and one thing only… balls out charging. Laying out carves on shallow gradients was really enjoyable, the long sidecut radius and stiff flex meant I end up laying down huge effortless hand dragging carves.. enough to put a smile on any snowboarders face. Putting together shorter carves on steeper terrain was easy but felt a little pointless, to be honest the A-Frame only really wants to go down hill, in the fewest turns possible. Charging, the A-Frame is unbelievably stable, the stiff long nose irons out any bumps and the slightly softer tail places you down safe and sound should you leave the ground. A number of times I felt like I was travelling far too quickly, but at crazy speeds the A-Frame inspires so much confidence, you can’t help but aim straight and pray to the high heavens for leniency should it all go terribly wrong.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take the Arbor down any virgin powder fields or cornices, but I’m sure the A-Frame would be perfect for the job, and leave a permanent smile on your face. If you’e an out-and-out freeride or big mountain slayer this board is a dream, and it’s still light enough to encourage the odd laid out method on a powder laden hip. If you don’t like it (which I guarantee you will), there’s no better looking board to hang on your wall. Advanced freeriders need only apply!

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Arbor

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dar.E on January 18, 2010 at 07:28 AM

I’m 5’2 125 lbs.. Will I be able to ride this @ 158?

Snow Witch Elemental on August 27, 2010 at 07:14 PM

Hi dar.E,

I am also 5’2, but at 115 lbs. I ride Arbor Element 153 cm, and I find it great. I demoed 159 cm snowboard last year, it was Rossignol One Mag. I know, it is totally different board from A-Frame. However, the size matters,lol. I was able to ride it, and it was a different style of riding on such a long board for my hight. The longer boards are more stable. I am thinking to get the A-Frame too. If you get it, I would appreciate if you share your experience with it. I wish they made the A-frame in 155 cm!

GKS on August 29, 2010 at 06:27 AM

Snow Witch Elemental,

I am 5’9 142lbs. I have an Arbor A-Frame 154 from the 08/09 season. This was the last year they made a small version. It has a structurn base which is extremely fast. The board is very stiff and holds an edge like crazy. But because the 154 is so stiff, is too small for me. My all-mountain size is 154/155, but for a charging/carving board, I should be riding at least a 158 with the this model. However I believe that someone your size would find the A-Frame 154 useful as a charging board. It is very stable at speed and carves up the piste so well. I never got it into any powder, but I have read that it can handle it. You wouldn’t be able to get this thing into the park, but you would be the fastest boarder on the piste. When I had the guts to let the board run I was able to keep up with skiers. If a stiff charging board is what you want, you might check with Rich and the guys on the forum to see if they could suggest an alternative to the A-Frame, as it is no longer available in the smaller sizes. Or… Ebay closely as I will be selling my A-Frame soon. It only has 9 days use and is in great shape (other than some top sheet dings as Arbors have such a delicate finish).


Rich Ewbank on August 29, 2010 at 03:52 PM

5’2” and 115lbs…. The 154 sounds like it’s perfect. I’d prbably say you should ride about 8cm longer than your all-mountain board for a big mountain charger, so yeah I think that puts the 154 on the money. I’d say you could ride the 158 but it would be a real handful. I’d keep an eye on GKS’ 154.

Snow Witch Elemental on August 30, 2010 at 03:40 AM

Rich, my all-mountain board is 150 cm. If my big mountain board is supposed to be 8 cm longer, that would put it at 158 cm. So, than according to your formula, I should be ok with the 158.

Snow Witch Elemental on August 30, 2010 at 03:44 AM

GKS, thanks for your tips and thoughts. I will check it out.

Snow Witch Elemental on August 30, 2010 at 03:49 AM

Does anybody know, where (in North America) will Arbor have demos of their boards?

Rich Ewbank on August 30, 2010 at 04:35 PM

Sure but I’m guessing that a 150 is upto your eyebrow. I’d say that’s probably a bit long for an all mountain board, I usually say about nose height is right, unless you’re particularly heavy… which you aren’t. Given that 158cm is 5’2” I probably wouldn’t ride a board as big as you, unless you know you need that extra length. It’s about the width too.. what size feet do you have? I’ll drop the guys at arbor an email about demo dates for you.

Snow Witch Elemental on August 31, 2010 at 03:40 PM


thank you very much for your effort to find out the dates and places of the demos. I wonder if there will be any demor at Lake Louise or near there in the area.

Yes, 150 is at my nose. And I rode Burton Vapor 150 cm as my all mountain, and it was perfect. Until I got the Element,lol. My boot size is 7.

Rich Ewbank on September 02, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Hi Snow Witch Elemental,

I got a reply from the guys at Arbor today… they’re absolute legends. Here is what they said:

“At the moment we have no plans for a demo at Lake Louise. We don’t have any dealers in Louise and there is only a small ski shop on the hill.

The closest dealer is in Banff which is about an hour away. Our rep will be doing a PK there at some point so he will probably have a few demos to lend out then.”

You can contact the guys at Wick Winder distribution to find out when they’re planning @

Hope that helps. Rich

(P.s. saw the Abacus 159 in my local board shop today, that board is a thing of beauty! Arbor is definitely a great choice)

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