Arbor Cypress Snowboard Bindings · 2023
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I have ridden these bindings on a slew of Arbor's boards including the Coda in the rocker and camber option, the Clovis, the Annex, the Wasteland, the Crosscut, the Bryan Iguchi, and this last time on the Draft camber. It definitely fits best in the way that it rides on the more all mountain, pow, or freeride options from Arbor, but still did well on the Draft. The base they use on their binding has a full rubber gasket under the frame in an X pattern that provides really good shock absorbtion and a little bit of flex around the disc to minimize any dead spot that bindings can cause in the flex of the board. The straps held great on the toe and the ankle straps are some of the most comfortable on the market. The ankle straps have an asymetric build that can be used to make them feel stiffer or softer. Out of the box, they come in the softer setup. All that needs to be done to stiffen them up a little bit, is to swap them between the bindings. So simply put the left ankle strap on the right binding and vice versa. The highbacks have an nice curved shape to them that helps to even out the pressure up top, but they are a little taller than I typically like. They're moderately stiff but not overbearing and they never felt like they were in my way, even when buttering around on the softer Draft.
- Great for boards in the all mountain up to freeride categories
- Smooth feel underfoot
- Great response while maintaining good board feel and natural board flex
- Highback is on the tall side and could cause bite
The Cypress is a freeride design for riders who like their lines a little more rowdy and their playgrounds bigger. We've created a powerful binding by stiffening our exclusive System X Baseplate with double the fiberglass; adding a lighter, stiffer and more laterally supportive highback; and beefing up the outsole. That translates into high-speed, big-mountain performance.
So I have put about 30 days on the Arbor Cypress bindings and overall I really like this binding despite some pet peeves I have. When I first got this binding, I stripped the screw to the heel cup when trying to adjust for my boot size. Whatever material they use for the hardware is pretty soft and stripped more easily than other companies hardware I've used. When I contacted customer service they were very helpful and sent replacement parts in the mail. The toe strap buckle sometimes doesn't engage when cranked down at an angle. Apart from that, the binding itself is a comfortable ride. The foam on the foot bed helps when landing hard jumps and alleviates any foot pain you might get from jumping. There is also a rubber like material under the baseplate that makes for a super damp ride, which I enjoy for cruisy carves and charging through choppy snow. The stiffness of the high back gives great response when going edge to edge.
- Good adjustability for boot
- damp and well cushioned
- Mini disk allows for stance customization
- Toe buckle felt a little cheap and slips
- Screws from manufacturer strip easily
- Personally would like more forward lean adjustment
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