Expert Review: 2023 Arbor Element Camber [with Video]
Snowboard Expert Yuri Czmola tested the 2023 Arbor Element Camber snowboard at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Yuri got his hands on the 2023 Arbor Element Camber this spring and put it to the test at Powder Mountain in Utah. Check out how it performed across the mountain, but consider the fact that each and every rider is different; if you have any questions about the Arbor Element Camber or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Arbor claim about this board? The Arbor Element Camber is a twin snowboard that has a medium flex that is designed to handle a little bit of everything.
What is your overall impression of this board? My overall impression with this snowboard is that it fits the bill. It is definitely a medium flex snowboard. The grip tech allows for great initiation or start of your turns at the beginning, and then a nice grip at the end to finish with extra grip on the nose and tail. This is a great snowboard to explore your riding. I feel like this is ideal for intermediate riders wanting to work on a little bit of everything, so riding park switch, riding steeps etc.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the board? This board felt very damp underfoot. It had a classic camber feel. This board felt very damp when riding uneven terrain. It has a locked-in feeling of camber that allows you to press into the middle of the snowboard. A combination of that and grip tech allows you to ride in any condition.
What kind of terrain would it perform well on? I had a great time in the trees with this thing today, and it was honestly just as much fun locking into high speed turns as it was cruising and even buttering and dabbling in a little bit of freestyle.
Do you think it would perform well on powder days? This might not be the best option for float, but plowing through March snow conditions, I don't think it's impossible if you lean back a little bit, because the medium flex will allow you to kind of get through anywhere from deep powder to spring slush conditions as it proved today at Powder Mountain.
Who would you recommend this board to? I feel that this snowboard is a great all-mountain option for someone who is not looking for a setback stance, a tapered shape or anything like that, and just wants a board that feels great in both directions. You do not have to look any further than here.
Grip tech allows for exceptional edge hold. I've ridden it on both the east and west, and it definitely holds up in both regions. It was firm here this morning, and this board was a great time. I do think that this is a great board at a great price point. It is definitely an awesome medium-flex all-mountain twin.
I think if you need one snowboard to kind of answer it all, and you want to make sure that you have a twin that locks you in and has a classic Camber snowboard feel, you should definitely look at this one. I think that this board is very well-rounded and allows you to dabble in a little bit of everything.
Who should avoid this board, there are better options for them out there? If you're concerned about float and powder, I do feel like there are other options available for anyone who is riding backcountry and exploring deeper snow. I feel like there are other options within their line and other companies that you might want to explore.
Snowboards ride differently depending on the rider. If you are looking for this snowboard or another snowboard and trying to find the right fit, feel free to chat with Yuri or another Snowboard Expert here on Curated and we'd be more than happy to help you out.