Expert Review: Arbor Shiloh Camber Snowboard · 2022Published on 09/15/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
At the top of first peak in central Idaho. All photos courtesy of Kelson Gillett
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Arbor Shiloh Camber snowboard is geared for intermediate to advanced riders looking for a swiss army knife style of board that is high performing in all conditions on all types of terrain.
About the snowboard I own
- Model: 2022 Arbor Shiloh
- Size: 156 cm
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Experience: 15+ of snowboarding
- When I bought this: November 2021
- Days tested: 20+
- Mount position: 15-12 degrees
- Boots: 2022 Burton Photon
- Boot Size: 11 US
- Bindings: 2021 Arbor Cypress
- Where I’ve used it: Northwest resorts
- Terrain: Off Piste, Backcountry, Groomers, Terrain Park
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking to purchase an entirely new setup so I could pass down my old setup to my younger brother. I was searching for something that could handle all types of terrain, from backcountry to the terrain park.
Why I chose this snowboard
I chose this board because it was the perfect fit for me. The graphic was sick and totally fit my taste. In addition, this board could handle all types of terrain, and that’s exactly what I needed.
What I love about it
- Speed: With the uprise, I can carry a ton of speed down the groomers. I have zero fear of catching an edge.
- Edge hold: Edge hold is near perfect with the new grip-tech technology, which gives the board additional contact points and lets me get deeper in my turns.
- Turns: I find that the Arbor Shiloh with grip tech is very adaptable to sharp turns versus big wide S turns. For me, it is perfect with both.
- Powder: The directional twin shape combined with the 3-degree uprise fenders give the board enough float to coast or make big powder turns in the deep stuff.
- Trees: The agility and camber profile of the Shiloh makes it super easy for me to carve and cut through trees.
- Park: I am a big park junkie, and I love how much pop the camber shape gives this board. I can pre-load the board before jumps, giving myself twice as much air time.
- Backcountry: I put this board to the test on multiple 15+ ft cliffs, and the camber shape provides plenty of stability to keep me upright on the landings. Also, I can easily keep it under my feet at high speeds on steep chutes.
- Durability: I have run this thing into trees, rocks, you name it, and it comes out with surprisingly just a few chips and scratches, even with a bamboo core and wood topsheet.
- Weight: This thing feels like a feather compared to my old Burton Custom I use in the early season conditions.
- Switch riding: This board is a directional twin, but don't let that fool you. I feel no difference when riding, jumping, or carving switch.
- Stability: For my style of riding, I need a stiff board to handle high speeds and big drops and this does just that.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Groomers: There is some board chatter at very high speeds.
- Moguls: The stiffness of the camber silhouette makes it a little too bouncy at times when going through moguls. I would almost just skim across them.
Favorite moment with this snowboard
The best day I ever had boarding was just this past season at a small resort in Idaho. We hiked to the back side of the resort to what we call First Peak. To sum it up, we built an 8 ft jump that would hit 65+ ft to straight powder. Alongside that, we also made huge powder turns—conditions with 6 ft of fresh powder from the night before with bluebird skies.
Value for the money vs. other options
To give a little insight, I am a broke college student, and this board fits my budget perfectly, but to be fair, I did get an employee discount from the shop I worked for. I would compare this board to the Burton Custom, which runs at around $600. So at the $300 mark, the Arbor Shiloh is worth every penny because it has everything the Burton Custom has but for $300 less.
This board made it easy for me to have confidence when attacking any conditions. It suits my riding style perfectly, which means I can ride backcountry, park, and groomers within the same hour, and I don’t have to switch boards to have high performance on all kinds of terrain. This board is my Swiss Army knife.