Arbor Cask Powder Board 2019

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.

The Cask, a new shape from Arbor. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


Sizes: 145, 150

Specs and Features:

  • Flex – 8/10
  • Three Year Warranty
  • Sintered Base
  • Tapered Tail
  • Single Malt Core

Taylor Boyd ripping it at Baldface. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

A prominent nose. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Tapered tail. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

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