Hello and welcome to my Arbor Westmark review.
This review will look at the Westmark as a freestyle snowboard and will be given a rating out of 100, as per Snowboarding Profiles tradition.
O.k. let’s get into it.
Product: Arbor Westmark Snowboard
Price: $449.00 (USD) recommended retail
Flex: Medium (bordering on medium soft)
My rating: 87.2/100
The Westmark’s Specs at a Glance
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Semi-Stable|
|Camber Profile||Continuous Rocker (reverse camber)||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centred||Edge-hold||Hard Snow|
First let’s take a look and see how the Westmark performed in 8 different categories.
In all the important factors for a freestyle board the Westmark performed extremely well – particularly in switch and jumps. It was also great in the jibbing stakes and more than capable in the pipe.
Smart Rating Score
Putting the Westmark through my smart rating system it scores a rather impressive 87.2 out of 100. No wonder then that it made my Top 10 Freestyle boards.
Check out the score breakdown in the table below
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||87.2/100|
Compared to other Freestyle Boards
Of 44 freestyle boards I looked at:
- The average score was 81.7
- The highest score was 94.4
- The lowest score was 61.7
- The Westmark ranked 7th out of 44
What Shapes This Performance
The Westmark has a continuous rocker (aka reverse camber) camber profile this gives it a looser more playful feel under foot and also allows for a catch-free ride. Rocker underfoot is also generally good for jibbing and as it remains rocker towards the tip and tail it will have good float in powder.
The rocker underfoot is subtle so it won’t actually feel as loose as some reverse camber decks.
Speed and Edge-Hold
It’s “flatter” rocker section will also allow the board to be more stable at higher speeds than a board with a more pronounced rocker section. The fact that the Westmark also has a slighter firmer flex than your typical freestyle board will also help it with edge-hold.
It has a true twin shape – which is likely the main reason it gets such a good score in switch. This board should feel pretty much the same riding in either direction (depending on how you set up your bindings).
Check out more details and see the Westmark in action in the video below
Probably the most surprising score is in the jumps where the Arbor board gets a near perfect score. Typically a continuous rocker board won’t be the best at landing jumps and won’t have the greatest pop.
Perhaps the subtlety of the rocker underfoot is enough to make it good on jumps. Also it’s stiffer-than-your-average-freestyle-board flex will help to add stability for stomping landings (it will also be less forgiving on landings than a softer flex so if you are a beginner on jumps and only doing smaller jumps then a softer flex is probably better).
More Info and User Reviews
Check out some user reviews in the links below.
- User reviews 1 (scroll down for reviews plus questions and answers and more info)
- User reviews 2 (scroll down to see some videos and more info)
The specs on these rate the flex of the Westmark a medium-soft but everything else I’ve read suggests a more medium flex.
In the Final Analysis
If you are looking for something super poppy then you probably won’t find quite that in the Westmark. That being said, it’s certainly not un-poppy – and will do everything else in the park that you want it to.
It’s slightly stiffer than your average freestyle board which allows it to perform better in the pipe and assists with edge-hold and stability at speed so that you can take this board out of the park when you feel for it.
Ideally though you want to spend as much time in the park (or on natural hits) to get the best use out of this board – it will excel on jumps and jibs and performing tricks.
Overall a great freestyle board that would serve you well in the park and can tackle the rest of the mountain with distinction.
With a smart rating score of 87.2/100, this is one of the highest scoring boards I’ve looked at (in fact it’s the 7th highest I’ve seen – check out my top 10).
A board for beginners?
Doable as a beginner board but there are better options. Arbor rates this as “Intermediate to Expert” and I’d say that’s about right.
In my opinion the best profile for beginners is a flat to rocker or a hybrid camber – see why here.
Whilst the rocker section underfoot is on the flat side, which adds stability, it still won’t feel as stable as completely flat or camber underfoot.
The other reason it’s not ideal is that it has a medium flex.
Whilst Arbor rate it a soft medium (they don’t seem to do a number scale for their flex I would say this is about a 5 or 6 out of 10 flex wise) I’d say it’s on the harder side of soft-medium. It’s easier to manoeuvre a softer flexing board so it’s easier for a beginner and something more like a 2, 3 or 4 out of 10 would be more suitable.
Sizing for the westmark
|Waist Width (mm)||248||249.5||258.5||251||260||252.5||261.5|
|Weight Range (kgs)||48-84||51-87||52-88||54-90||54-91||56-93+||57-94|
|Weight Range (lbs)||106-186||112-192||114-194||118-198||120-200||124-204+||126-206|
Where to Buy
The following are links for two stores where. You might have your own store of choice but I’ve personally ordered from these two and have always been satisfied and they have good reputations so I recommend these stores.
Have you had the Chance to Ride the Westmark?
If you’ve ever ridden the Westmark it would be awesome to hear what you thought of it. Just leave a comment below.
Any other comments or questions also very welcome.