Arbor Snowboard Technology: The System

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Arbor offers The System to provide riders with an amazing amount of on demand edge hold in a true-rocker design that preserves the full range of performance benefits.
They did this by perfecting the true-rocker profile, while building in real edge control through a unique sidecut.
The System by Arbor Snowboards
The System by Arbor Snowboards are available online and at select Sport Chalet Store Locations.
Arbor Snowboard Technology:
The System
Arbor's fusion of interdependent technologies support "True Rocker" performance, including Parabolic Rocker / Grip Tech.


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True-Rocker That Works:


Rocker snowboards exploded onto the market because they're fun to ride. They deliver alternative performance not found in traditional camber designs. Rocker, also known as reverse camber, is created by replacing camber, the lengthwise positive arc of a snowboard, with a reverse shape similar to the profile of a surfboard. By doing so, you eliminate the leverage required to release and reengage a snowboard's traditional outside contact points.

When done right, a "true-rocker" board (no added camber or flat zones) delivers the widest range of alternative performance benefits, including improved turn initiation, seamless performance, and more fluid spins, slides, presses, and butters. Unfortunately, early designs did not provide enough edge hold, so they washed out at speed, in the steeps, and during landings. As a result, designers around the industry have been working to improve the edge performance of their rocker designs. In some cases, this has meant putting camber back into the nose and tail. This "hybrid" design does improve edge control, but it sacrifices some of the benefits of riding true-rocker.

In response, Arbor offers The System to provide riders with an amazing amount of on demand edge hold in a true-rocker design that preserves the full range of performance benefits. They did this by perfecting the true-rocker profile, while building in real edge control through a unique sidecut.

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GRIP TECH:
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A sidecut design that creates four additional contact points under foot for significantly improved, more direct edge control. The new contacts also create heel and toe pivot points that make turning faster and more efficient. Grip-Tech enables Arbor to offer a "true-rocker" profile with powerful edge control, and thus preserve the full range of associated performance benefits. Grip-Tech also allows riders with larger feet (up to US men's 12) to ride standard width shapes.

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PARABOLIC ROCKER:
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A "true-rocker" design based on the parabolic arc; a shape that allows us to gradually reduce the amount of rocker toward the tip and tail. This ensures that the outside contact points are close enough to the snow to reengage when maximum edge control is needed: loaded turns, higher speeds, and bigger landings. Arbor's Parabolic Rocker provides an additional layer of on-demand edge control without having to sacrifice any true-rocker performance.

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ROCKER FLEX:A rocker specific flex pattern designed to address how riders experience flex on de-cambered boards.
 
POWER PLY:To counter the loss on "System" models of the leaf spring effect found in camber designs, Arbor turned to their Power Ply technology. By adding a third structural composite layer, in the form of a wood or bamboo topsheet, Arbor significantly enhanced board pop and return for much improved true-rocker performance. Note: No Power Ply on the Formula.
 
TWIN SHAPING: By utilizing "twin" shapes, which have centered stance set-ups, Arbor ensures that riders position themselves directly over the Grip-Tech contact points. This allows them to most effectively activate Grip-Tech's edge performance. Note: the need for built in setback for deep or mixed conditions is eliminated because of the way the System changes and improves how a board connects with the snow. On the Park System Arbor utilizes a TRUE-TWIN design to support street and park riding. On the Mountain System Arbor uses a DIRECTIONAL-TWIN shape to provide added nose length for the deepest pow days.
 
TIP PROFILES: Because of the new and improved way in which Arbor's "System" design connects with the snow, the role played by a board's nose and tail have changed. As a result, Arbor has created specialized tip profiles for each design. OOn the Park System Arbor uses CORONA TIPS that have a semi-blunt shape and flat kick to support more versatile park and all-mountain performance. On the Mountain System Arbor uses TORO TIPS that have a drawn out design to support on-mountain and backcountry riding with deeper snow performance.

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