Hello and welcome to my Arbor Crosscut Camber review.
In this review I will take a look at the Crosscut Camber as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Crosscut Camber a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and also see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Arbor Crosscut Camber
Price: $549 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel: Mid-Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 81.0/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 35 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Crosscut Camber’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Crosscut Camber’s specs and available sizes.
Traditional Camber | But not quite - Arbor's "System Camber"
A touch heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Crosscut Camber Most Suited To?
The Crosscut Camber is best suited to someone who want's a true freeride style board, but one that's a little softer than the average freeride board. And one that's capable of handling a large variety of terrains.
Fully capable of riding groomers and carving up/slashing anything in site. And then when taken in powder during a storm it gives you that surfy feel, allowing you to navigate through the trees with ease, throwing up waves of snow whenever desired.
While the Crosscut can be taken on jumps, you shouldn't expect too much from it, as the setback stance, stiffness, and weight aren't the ideal combo for most freestylers, especially those who like to ride switch a lot.
Certainly not a beginners board, the Arbor Crosscut Camber is ideally for experienced intermediate-advanced riders.
The Crosscut Camber in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Crosscut Camber is capable of.
Board: Arbor Crosscut Camber 2023, 158cm (254mm waist width)
Date: March 25, 2022
Sunny with clouds. More cloud than blue skies - high cloud. Unlimited visibility.
Temperature: 37°F (3°C)
24hr snow: 0" (0cm)
48hr snow: 0" (0cm)
7 day snow: 27" (69cm)
On groomer: Nicely groomed mid-soft pack. Some glints of slush to start with and then got slushier as the day went on.
Off groomer: A little icy and crunchy to start in spots but not too bad. Got progressively softer.
Bindings angles: +12/-9
Stance width: 21.3″ (540mm)
Stance Setback: Setback 1" (25mm)
Width at Inserts: 10.63" (270mm) at front insert and 10.55" (268mm) at back insert.
Rider Height: 6'1"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV
Bindings Used: Fix Yale: M
Weight: 6lbs 15oz (3140 grams)
Weight per cm: 19.87 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.59 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 200 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 models. So the Crosscut Camber is quite a bit heavier than normal on the scales. But on snow if felt quite normal - maybe just a touch heavier than normal.
Unfortunately we had no powder to test in on this day but after getting an overall feel for the board - and looking at the specs - I'd say it would do pretty well. While it doesn't have any rocker in its profile, the Crosscut Camber still has 9mm of taper and a 25mm setback stance, which naturally helps to sink your tail and keep you afloat in deeper snow.
The parabolic camber, coupled with the grip tech technology, really make carving on the crosscut quite enjoyable. It held an edge well, never really feeling washy whatsoever. Overall I enjoyed it most for long drawn out carves.
Ease of Turns/Slashing: I enjoyed the setback stance as it made the tail really easy to release, which complemented the full camber profile nicely, allowing you to initiate turns/slash at any speed with confidence and little effort on groomers.
Maneuverability at slow speeds (nimbleness): Pretty quick from edge-to-edge at slower speeds thanks, in part, to the parabolic camber and shorter tail.
Skidded Turns: Never felt too catchy to me.
I didn't find the Crosscut extremely fast but wouldn't call it slow either. Its not going to bomb a hill as well as some other full camber boards but it is stable and never felt chattery or washy to me, when pushing it down a steeper hill.
Crud: The larger width nose really handled the brunt of the crud nicely and it smashed through it pretty effortlessly, unless you were in a aggressive amount of it. But even then, you don't get bucked around too much and it was pretty maneuverable, allowing you to correct your line when needed.
Bumps: Because the Crosscut was quicker edge-to-edge and has a setback stance with a shorter tail I found it pretty easy to maneuver between/around bumps, as well as being pretty capable in most up and down terrain found in the trees.
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Capable on jumps but overall found it most enjoyable on side hits.
Pop: Has an OK amount of pop, but its not the easiest to access, as it is a tad bit heavy and a bit on the stiffer side. So I found you really had to load up to extract it all.
Approach: The quickness from edge-to-edge and shorter tail really allows you to make last second adjustments quite easily, while the grip tech helped you really hold an edge nicely before taking off.
Landing: The stiffness underfoot felt like it could take most landings and I never noticed any considerable amount of catchiness when landing. However, I did find if you landed too tail heavy, it was difficult to ride out, due to the shorter tail.
Side-hits: Definitely where I enjoyed it the most, due to its maneuverability and solid edge hold, allowing you to feel comfortable even on sketchier approaches. I do wish however it had some more pop, as this would have made side-hits even more fun.
Small jumps/Big jumps: While the crosscut is capable of doing both, I preferred it for small/medium jumps.
The taper coupled with the setback stance don't make for a great combo when riding switch but it can still be achieved with some getting used to.
The setback stance helps make tail presses fairly effortless and enjoyable but the same can't be said for the nose. It will require you to really lean into it to get a full press out of the nose.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Arbor Crosscut Camber is a versatile board that is capable of being ridden almost anywhere on the mountain but really excels at carving and powder.
While it can carve up almost anything and handle almost any amount of powder, the Crosscut camber is lacking pop and playfulness making it less enjoyable on jumps. And even though it is a full camber board, it doesn't have the hill bombing speed one might expect from it.
The Crosscut Camber overall is pretty versatile but does lack in some areas I wasn't expecting, like speed and pop, but exceled in others I wasn't necessarily expecting - like nimbleness and maneuverability.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If your keen to check out some other Freeride options or to see how the Crosscut Camber compares to other freeride decks check out the link below.