Hello and welcome to my Arbor Westmark Camber review.
In this review (the first of many 2019 snowboard reviews), I will take a look at the Westmark Camber as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Westmark Camber a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: Arbor Westmark Camber 2019
Price: $449 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 84.1/100
Compared to other Freestyle Boards
Out of the 44 Men’s Freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $439 (USD)
- The average score was 79.6/100
- The highest score was 92.3/100
- The lowest score was 69.8/100
- The Westmark Camber ranked 6th out of 44*
*Based on 2018 ratings (2019 ratings not fully compiled yet). Once 2019 ratings are updated these numbers will likely change but probably only subtly. The 2018 Westmark Camber was not rated last year but the 2019 model will likely make the Top 10, once that has been updated for 2019.
Overview of the Westmark Camber’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Westmark Camber’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Weight||On the lighter side of Normal (17.82 grams/cm)||Turn Initiation||Medium-Fast|
|Camber Profile||System Camber||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Good in hard and icy snow conditions (4/5)|
|Waist Width (mm)||248||249.5||251||252.5||260|
|Weight Range (lbs)||106-186||112-192||118-198||124-204+||128-208+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||48-84||51-87||54-90||56-93+||58-98+|
Who is the Westmark Camber Most Suited to?
The Westmark Camber is suited mostly to those that like to spend a lot of their time in the park and when in the park spending a lot of their time on jumps – be they small, medium or large jumps and whether they want just straight air or for spins.
Can certainly ride the rest of the mountain too – but mostly suited to freestyle when outside the park and favors a tighter turn radius than a long arcing one.
Not really a board for riding powder, but (like any) you can, you’ll just get a sore back leg keeping that nose afloat.
Not for beginners. Slightly too stiff – and whilst it’s forgiving for a full camber board, not forgiving enough for beginners.
The Westmark Camber in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Westmark Camber is capable of.
Board: Arbor Westmark Camber 2019
Length: 156 (251mm waist width)
Date: March 5, 2018 & March 7, 2018
Conditions: Cloudy with flurries but visibility was mostly good – a couple of times it went fuzzy but mostly good. Nice medium-firmness to the snow. Not soft but not hard. Off groomer doable and groomers nice. (March 5th)
Sunny, short periods of cloud, but perfect vis. Good snow conditions. Getting on the slushy side later in the afternoon but all-round good snow (March 7th)
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 559mm (495mm to nose, 495mm to tail)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 264mm front, 264mm back
Weight: 2780grams (6lb 2 oz)
Weight per cm: 17.82 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.20 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of 24 boards that I weighed
It is stiffer than a typical freestyle/park board – but not quite 6/10 by my feel. I would say a solid 5/10.
Not great in powder – I didn’t see much of it on the days that I rode it but you can tell from the feel of it – plus the fact it’s a centered, true twin with a full camber profile – that it wouldn’t be the board for deep powder. But that’s not what it’s designed for either.
Carving & Turning
You can get a good carve going on this but it’s more suited to short sharp carves as opposed to long, wide arcing carves. Naturally prefers smaller radius turns.
Surprisingly ok for skidded turns for a mid flexing all camber board. So maybe the “system” camber that Arbor uses does make a difference in making it more forgiving. And maybe the subtlety of the camber also makes a difference (camber looks and feels subtle on this board – not hugely pronounced).
Can handle speed pretty well, especially for a centered, true twin board. Not a mega-bomber but handles speed ok.
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Pretty good in uneven terrain without being great.
Great on the approach, good pop, solid landings and great for spins – so pretty much the jumpers board. Only reason I didn’t give it 5/5 is that, whilst the pop was very good, it wasn’t out of this world good.
Approach: 5/5 – maneuverable and could handle speed on the approach
Landings: 4.5/5 – stable and could really stomp landings on this. Being medium flex helped it on larger jumps too
Pop: 4/5 – really good and easily accessible (i.e. didn’t have to really wind up to get the pop out of it) – but I have ridden boards with more pop, so I couldn’t give it 5/5
About as good as it gets. The only thing that would make it better if it was asym. But otherwise pretty much just as good riding switch as normal.
Was fine to jib with. To be exceptional on jibs I prefer a flat section between the feet or rocker and something softer flexing, but I felt pretty confident jibbing on this board none-the-less.
I didn’t take it into a pipe – but it’s got decent edge hold in hard/icy conditions, has good speed for a twin and that speed and camber would help to drive it up the walls – and also had good pop – and being centered and twin and not too soft a flex, I think this would be a good pipe weapon.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||84.1/100|
Overall the Westmark Camber is a great freestyle board at a reasonable price – a more aggressive freestyle board than most – and that’s mostly down to being slightly stiffer and being all camber. But you can still get playful on it, but it’s certainly more aimed at aggressive freestyle riding.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Westmark Camber, are ready to buy or want to research current prices or availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Westmark Camber compared to other freestyle boards or want to check out some other options, check out the next link.