ARBOR C ASK
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.