Head 2 Head: Yes. Typo vs. Arbor Westmark Camber
Snowboard experts Colby Henderson and Franco DiRienzo test these boards against each other for carving, freeriding, and freestyling.
It’s the first week of March and we’re headed to Sunday River Resort in Maine to pit the Yes. Typo against the Arbor Westmark Camber. Which board will come out on top?
Check out the video below or read on to see what happens out on the slopes.
And before we jump in, a quick note that we aren’t sponsored by any brands to create this review. These are all just our own personal opinions on these boards.
A bit about us
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 160 lbs
- Years Snowboarding: 20
- Favorite Terrain: Trees and powder
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 210 lbs
- Years Snowboarding: 23
- Favorite Terrain: Trees
- All-mountain freestyle
- Directional twin
- Medium flex
- MidBite technology
- CamRock profile
Arbor Westmark Camber
- All-mountain freestyle
- Blunted nose and tail
- System camber with uprise fenders
[Colby] My pick is the Typo. I like the turn initiation better having that rocker. And I just felt like it held a great edge, but it was just smoother edge to edge.
[Franco] So I was surprised at how well this board carves. For a full camber board, it didn't have quite the energy that I expected it to; pushing me out of turns, it wasn't as energetic as this Typo was. But when I was in the turn, the edge hold was unreal.
[Colby] For a twin board, like basically a park board, you can rip all mountain on it too.
[Franco] It's funny, at slow speeds, the Typo felt a little bit squirrely.
[Colby] But then like once you get this thing up to speed, it’s so solid. I mean, you can just rail turns on this thing. The energy it has out of turns.
[Franco] So, what'd you find?
[Colby] For the type of riding I do, I don't ride park really, but I do like to mess around, do butters, throw a little spins, hit some side hits. I had so much fun doing that on this board. It's a board that's stable at speed when you want it to be, but the sweet spot for buttering on this board is ridiculous. Like you can just lock into a butter.
[Colby] It's big.
[Colby] And I just had a ton of fun on it. I mean, it's got great pop. [Franco] I think because of that rocker zone on the nose or the tail, there's just such a big platform for you to be able to lock in. It's very easy to butter. The Westmark once you find it, it's there and you can lock it in, but you have to find it and until you do find it, the board fights you a little bit.
[Colby] It does.
[Franco] I think that's that camber profile. That's probably a little bit more towards your own individual confidence, if you're looking for a very specific park board. Like I had no doubt that this thing is insanely durable, can take a beating, especially if you're hitting a lot of rails and doing a lot of urban type of stuff.
[Colby] If you're a more aggressive park rider, the Westmark's a sick one.
[Colby] It's got a ton of landing gear.
[Colby] It's got great pop, but it's not a board that you can just, it doesn't have like that really accessible kind of skate pop. I feel like you need to be going a little bit faster to load this thing up.
[Franco] Yeah, you really gotta get on the tail.
[Colby] But it has a ton of rebound.
[Colby] Neither of these boards are really freeride boards, but if I was gonna take one on a powder day, or riding some steeper terrain, or taking in the trees, I would 100% pick the Typo. I just think the shape and the profile lends itself to that type of riding more so than the Westmark. But I did take the Westmark through some pow, and I don't know if it's these wider blunted tips or what, but for a full camber board, it actually floated pretty good. I was super surprised.
[Franco] I was really surprised by the powder performance on this little twin.
[Colby] You know, plowing through channels and stuff on this thing was no problem.
[Franco] I think maybe, and maybe it's because of the little bit of the half inch setback on this board.
[Colby] The rocker too, man.
[Franco] Yeah, maybe the rocker, it's easy to just kind of lay back...
[Franco] Kind of float through some of that stuff. It's just a little bit more versatile, the Typo.
[Colby] This is an interesting comparison because they're kind of different boards, but they fall into that same category, all-mountain freestyle. The Westmark's kind of known as that like freestyle park board that you can ride anywhere. The Typo's like that all-mountain board to go rip the park on.
My overall pick is the Typo. I mean, it was like a clean sweep for me. This board is awesome. I love this board, I would consider owning it. And just for like the way I like to ride and where I like to ride, the Typo is just perfect. And Typo is a great one-board quiver for like intermediate, early intermediate all the way up to advanced riders.
[Franco] I personally haven't had an Arbor board that I've really agreed with and that I've really loved, until I got on this board. I love this board. It was a ton of fun. I really enjoyed the way that it rode, I was surprised by it. I was surprised by the edge hold. I was surprised by the carving ability how fun it was for freestyle.
That being said, I'm actually picking the Typo. I found the Typo to be a little bit more damp. I didn't quite get that out of the Arbor. I found the Typo to be a little bit more fun. I found the Typo to be a little bit more energetic and lively. It's just more my style of riding. I had a blast on Westmark, but I'm still picking the Typo. It's just the right board for me. It's a great value at $450.
[Colby] $449, yeah.
[Franco] It's probably one of the best values in snowboarding. At $470, the Arbor Westmark is too.
So as you can see, different snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you have any questions about which of these boards would be right for you and your riding, please feel free to reach out to either of us or any of our fellow Snowboard experts here on Curated and we'd be happy to chat with you about it.