Expert Review: 2024 Arbor Satori Camber Snowboard [with Video]Published on 06/14/2023 · 6 min readSnowboard Expert Mike Leighton tested the 2024 Arbor Satori Camber snowboard on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Snowboard Expert Mike Leighton tested the 2023-2024 Arbor Satori Camber at Powder Mountain in Utah. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every snowboarder is different. If you have any questions about the Satori Camber or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboard Expert here on Curated.
One final point before we dive in: 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 snowboard?
So this Satori Camber from Arbor is a brand new offering that came out in 2023. It is a part of the Bryan Iguchi Pro line, which, if you're not familiar, go look up his videos. I remember watching him when I was a kid. He is an absolute legend in the sport, but this year he wanted to come up with a board that was playful, forgiving, and just all-around fun. And he kind of hit the mark on this.
What is your overall impression of this board?
We got to ride it today in some slushier conditions. And it was just fun to kind of surf around the mountain. This is, I will say, not really a hard charger board. This is more of a go cruise with your friends, have a great day, and just kind of be smiling the whole time.
This board features the knucklehead nose, which is a much wider nose, and a tapered tail. It looks pretty close to a twin. It kind of feels that way. It features their Grip Tech, which is a little bump out at the edge that helps with edge initiation, and then it also has their parabolic edge with Camber. What that creates is a really fun, playful, forgiving board. That's kind of the tagline on it. It definitely fits that bill. It's definitely a day like today. You're out with your friends, cruising, chilling. Just kind of enjoying the day, enjoying the sunshine. I wouldn't say this is a good board for a hard charger, by any means. It definitely wants to slide out on that harder carved edge.
Any notes on sizing?
You're designed to ride it a little bit smaller than your normal board. I rode the 154. I wear a size 10 boot. I had no problem with toe overhang on it.
How is the carving? How does it turn?
From a carving perspective, it is not a hard carver by any means. This is a slush slasher. This is just as they wanted it to be: it's playful and forgiving. It gets a little slidey. It feels pretty surfy. You can still do some longer radius carves, but if you're trying to really run a much tighter carve, it is not going to be a standout in that sense.
That said, once you get it up onto those higher edge angles and are really trying to lean on it and carve hard, it's going to slide on you a bit. That's not to say it's not stable, but it's definitely a bit more of a surfy feel.
How is the board’s stability?
It's really surprising with how damp it is. It’s really stable. So even for it being a 154, I had no concerns with stability whatsoever. There is a little bit of chatter, but it's not terrible. Especially with how wide this nose is.
How is the pop and playfulness?
From a freestyle standpoint, you can really press this board around. You can butter it around. I wouldn't take it in the park to hit rails, but you can hit some jumps on it. Throw some grabs. Find some side hits. Land and powder. It's not going to be a freestyle standout. That's not what this board's designed to be, but you can still have a lot of fun playing around on it.
How is it riding switch?
While it has this wider nose and this taper directional shape, it's also at home riding switch. I wouldn't do a ton of that riding. This big spoon nose up here is definitely designed to charge and plow through anything. But that occasional switch turn, switch, run, let that leg rest a bit if you've been ripping. It's going to do it.
How would it be in powder?
It has a bit of a swallow tail, so that helps with that float along with that wider nose. I would honestly like to try this in some fresh snow. I think it would be a lot of fun just with the shape, but maybe I'll get on it next year and actually see what happens.
What terrain is this board ideal for?
Where this board really shines is kind of cruising all over the mountain. This is a wonderful freeriding board. Tighter moguls, tighter trees, big open faces with fresh snow.
What is your favorite thing about this board?
It was just fun. We made some really surfy, short radius turns, really tested the board. Rode it switch, popped off some stuff. It was just the perfect way end this day.
Who would you recommend this board to?
If you're looking for a board that you can just go out and have fun and cruise around, ride intermediate terrain all day, maybe get into the trees, some slash, some fresh snow, this is a great option for that. I would really recommend this board to intermediate-and-up riders who are looking for a playful board to ride around with their friends or chase the kids around. This is going to be a great board for you.
Who should avoid this board?
If you're riding a ton of park, if you're looking for a one board quiver, and you're looking for a hard charger, this is not going to be your board. I would go with something a little bit stiffer, a little bit longer. The Iguchi Pro, which is a more traditional shape, that might be a good option for you. Or the Annex.
There are so many boards out there. It doesn't matter if it's your first time riding, you're looking to add to the quiver, or you're looking for something else, if you want help finding the best gear for your needs, reach out to Mike or another Snowboard Expert here on Curated. They’ll help you find the right setup for you.