Arbor Element RX - 2011

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Arbor claim the new rockered twin to the traditional Element is an all mountain masterpiece, one thing’s for sure, take the Arbor Element RX in some powder and you’ll be showing your buddies a master class in powder based freeriding. Stable at speed but quicker than a roller-coaster into turns the Element RX is easy and incredibly enjoyable to ride. An Intermediates dream machine.

Manufacturer's Description:

The expansion of the System will be led by the new Element RX, which brings Arbor’s cornerstone roots design to an all-mountain rocker offering; feeding the ride-it-all addiction of a growing reverse camber community with Element level style and performance - on mountain, in the park, and beyond.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding High cost snowboard Rocker construction Directional twin shape Green or Eco Friendly construction

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
153, 157, 161, 165

Riding Style: Freeride

Specifications:

Wood Power Ply
Rocket sintered base
Voodoo core (FSC Poplar)
Directional-Twin
Parabolic rocker profile
Mountain Stance
Medium Flex
Unblended radial sidecut
Grip-Tech edges
Carbon fibre stringers

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Snowboard Review:

I’ve always considered the Arbor Element to be the neglected sibling of the mighty A-Frame, a kind of spec-ed down runt, it’s actually a very different beast. For 2011 Arbor have introduced a fairly pronounced rocker which runs from a central point at the waist of the board, it feels like the board pivots on the centre point. This rocker means the Element has three distinct advantages over the slightly pricier A-Frame. Firstly, it’s unbelievably easy to initiate turns on the Element and although for long high speed carves it might lack the bite of a cambered board, slightly slower and tighter carves were telepathic and just melted together. To counter a loss of grip from rockering the Element and using a medium flex, Arbor has conjured up their own version of Lib Tech’s Magnetraction. Running along the effective edge are 4 waves which increase edge pressure, Arbor calls it Grip-Tech. Secondly, raising the start of the effective edge off the ground improves straight line stability no end, for an intermediate snowboarder the difference is going to be even more noticeable. Thirdly, can this board float! Heavy spring off piste snow, actually, sinking sand is probably a better description, had no chance of claiming another victim, on the Element I glided over it. One of the big surprises was how easy the Element was to ride switch, this board definitely has a lot of parallels with Ride’s Slackcountry.
 
If you are an intermediate snowboarder looking for a powder board that is easy to ride in the deep stuff and on the groomers be it steep black runs or mellow blues the Arbor Element is an ideal board. The Element will also meet the needs of an advanced powder connoisseur who likes the surfy feel of a mid flexing fish shaped boards but wants the flexibility of being able to ride switch. Ride it shorter and you’ve got an all-mountain board that’s even going to be a laugh in the park, but this board is so enjoyable in the powder why would you bother.

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Arbor

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What colour is powder?

Colin on November 22, 2010 at 02:40 AM

For an advanced rider who lives in Maine and rides mostly trails and boardercross courses, powder when we get it, and a couple of runs in the park every day, would you recomend this or the turbo dream, or maybe the ride dh2?

Rich Ewbank on November 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Hmmm, I’m not sure I’d recommend a rockered snowboard to anyone who rides boardercross. I’d suggest you pick up the Cambered version of the Element or if you want an element of rocker in your board look at a board like the Atomic Alibi or APO BC Powder Rocker… or a board like the Never Summer SL. These boards will grip and rip on a hard pack boardcross course and will still work ok in the park. If you want to win every boardercross race go for the A-Frame or Palmer Crown LE.

Colin on November 22, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Ok, thanks. How does the camber hold up in powder?

Drew on January 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Im lookin to get my first snowboard. im finally moving to europe and will be close to the alps. ive always used rentals when ive gone snowboarding… but i have an arbor longboard that i really like bombing hills with so i trust arbor. imma mountain rider love the powder and untouched trails… and a lil freestyle. so would you recommend this board? if u have any other recommendations please let me know

Rich Ewbank on January 17, 2011 at 06:06 PM

@Drew - For sure the Arbor ELement RX would be a perfect board for you. Looks so nice too. Just go for your normal all-mountain size unless you want to do some big powder freeriding.

vic on January 28, 2011 at 08:47 AM

I’ve been riding for the past 23 yrs. The last ten plus on a burton custom 160cm. I been reeding the reviews on the arbor element rx and want to shop for a new board. I’m 38 and don’t see the park like in my earlier days. I just ride black & blue groomers, back country, pow(not often), and do moguls with ski friends. I always been on camp board. Would I be sacrificing my carving abilities if I switch to rocker, or would it be fun to try something new? I am pretty sure I’ll end up with the cx or rx, but I just want to make sure. In addition, should I stay at the same size board approx. 161cm? Thanks…

Rich Ewbank on January 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Hi Vic. It’s not so much that you loose the capability to cartve well on rockered boards it’s that you don’t get the punch feel of powering through carves and being kicked out of them by the recoild of a cambered board. The RX can carve, it’s hold a good edge and in powder it’s really in it’s Element(pun intended. If you are a cruisy rider looking for a board that floats well, carves effortlessly and helps you nail powder drops then go for the RX. If there’s still some life in the legs and you like attacking runs aggresively, pumping the camber of the board, go for the CX. For all mountain riding I’d stick with the same length of boards. 165 is a bit of a step up.

vic on January 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Thanks Rich,

I think I may still have something in the old tank. I was know even looking at the A-frame.

Rich Ewbank on January 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

One word for the A-Frame - Beast!

Such a fun board for charging, it has absolutely no speed limit!

john on January 28, 2011 at 04:00 PM

hey guys, its me again. im pretty much between then k2 slayblade and the arbor element cx. i was just wondering which is better for: the pipe, the park, the powder, the trees, the boarder x course, the hard pack, crud, and the spring slush. thanks

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