AR­BOR C ASK

Transworld Snowboarding - - THROUGH THE MADNESS -

MSRP: $500 Sizes: 145, 150

The Cask is a new shape from Ar­bor based on the no­tion that there is more than one way to achieve float. In the Cask’s case, sur­face area— which trans­lates to float—is achieved more through width than length. Avail­able in a 145 and 150, with waists that sit slightly be­low and above the 27-cen­time­ter mark, re­spec­tively, this board is short and wide. With around two cen­time­ters of ta­per, and a prom­i­nent nose, the Cask is cer­tainly a pow­der-ori­ented ride. But with pos­i­tive cam­ber run­ning tip to tail, com­ple­mented by slightly el­e­vated con­tacts points that help al­le­vi­ate hangups, and ex­tra con­tact points that in­crease edge­hold, the Cask can hang af­ter the fresh is chewed up. It has a stiff flex pro­file that we ap­pre­ci­ated for its sta­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity to charge lines we nor­mally wouldn’t con­sider step­ping to on a board this short. While it’s not an ev­ery­day board for most rid­ers, the Cask is sur­pris­ingly ver­sa­tile. It’s the type of board that forces its rider to pri­or­i­tize fun in the form of quick slashes, side­hit blasts, and all sorts of skate-in­spired freeride ma­neu­vers.

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