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Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber Review

Built for advanced riders who dream of high speeds, long arcing turns, and huge methods
arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review
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Price:  $650 List
Manufacturer:   Arbor
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2022
72
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SCORE


RANKED
#17 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 8.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 6.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 4.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber has a full camber profile with unique uplifted contact points to give you all the benefits of traditional camber without the catchy character. This model was able to rail turns at medium to high speeds with confidence and precision while also sending us to the moon on jumps. The camber profile did inhibit this board's playfulness and float in powder as it requires a certain amount of speed. The subtle but beautiful graphics that feature artwork from Bryan Iguchi himself give this board a one-of-a-kind aesthetic that fit its all-mountain style.
REASONS TO BUY
Uplifted contact points
Bryan Iguchi artwork
Superior pop
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Below average flotation
Editor's Note: On December 7, 2022, we updated this review to share 2023's new topsheet for the Bryan Iguchi Pro board.

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Pros Uplifted contact points, Bryan Iguchi artwork, superior popGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphics
Cons Expensive, below average flotationNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpack
Bottom Line Built for advanced riders who dream of high speeds, long arcing turns, and huge methodsOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysHas a playful merit to its high-performance abilitiesA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budget
Rating Categories Arbor Bryan Iguchi... K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Edging (25%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Playfulness (20%)
4.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Arbor Bryan Iguchi... K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Riding Style All Mountain Big mountain Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Camber Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium/Stiff Stiff Stiff Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 6.6 lbs 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.22 lbs 6.44 lbs
Tested Length 159 cm 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 159 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 153, 156, 159, 162, 163MW, 167W 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.25cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.4 cm
Radius 8.85m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.5 m
Taper 1.5 mm 6 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Since our test period, the Bryan Iguchi Pro snowboard was granted some eco-friendly revisions. The resin used on the board is now Entropy Bio-Resin, which replaces the traditional petroleum-based resin. The bio-resin is essentially being repurposed, as it is sourced from waste products from other industrial processes, instead of being produced directly for Arbor's boards. Pretty cool if you ask us! The topsheet is now bio-plastic, as well, and made from castor bean oil.

Hands-On Review of the Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber


The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro is a well-constructed board that is built for turning, airing, and straight-lining. Due to its stiffness, it has a particular rider profile that requires at least an intermediate rider level. If your style matches this board's character, then you will dig it.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - marco gooding dragging hand.
Marco Gooding dragging hand.
Credit: Isaac Laredo, Ryland West

Edging


The Bryan Iguchi Camber Pro was a beast on edge. The full camber profile allowed for a stiff and stable turning platform that exited turns with power and ease. The board is easy to roll on edge thanks to its narrow waist width. The in turn experience requires some speed, and after consecutive deep turns, it can cause rider fatigue. Because of this, we don't recommend it for brand new snowboarders. The Iguchi Pro is one of the narrowest boards in the review which caused some heel drag when trying to get as low as possible.

It features Arbors Grip Tech. Grip Tech is where the edge and board protrude outward slightly from underneath your bindings to obtain better edge hold. All these feature combine to make this board a high-speed and full-on edging machine in all conditions.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - the reviewer testing the edging limits of the pro camber.
The reviewer testing the edging limits of the Pro Camber.
Credit: Isaac Laredo, Ryland West

Float in Powder


Being an all camber, twin-like profile with minimal taper this board struggles to float in powder without high speeds and a setback stance. It provided average float but required more speed than other models to achieve its maximum float.

Stability at Speed


Thanks to the cambered profile and long sidecut this board had us going as fast as we ever wanted to yet the board was asking for more. The Bryan Iguchi Pro had an impressive ability to sail long arcing turns with confidence.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - the intricate graphic artwork by bryan iguchi, accentuated by the...
The intricate graphic artwork by Bryan Iguchi, accentuated by the sunlight.
Credit: Isaac Laredo, Ryland West

Playfulness


Here is where the main trade-off is felt. The playfulness metric had to incur a few sacrifices to provide the overall stability. The board is challenging to butter and drive short radius turns unless you have some quad-zillas on you. However, this model is meant for all-mountain freestyle riders to go big on side hits and that's where its playfulness shines.

Pop and Jumping


We were able to harvest plenty of pop out of this board. The cambered core magnifies the energy that you load your ollie with to get you higher. Although It does take more leg strength to influence the core to achieve the magnification effect. This board had some of the best pop in the category.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - few things are more stylish than a tweaked frontside air on the...
Few things are more stylish than a tweaked frontside air on the Arbor Bryan Iguchi.
Credit: Isaac Laredo

Value


If you fit the rider description for this board and own a dedicated powder board or love riding fast, then this board could be a great value for you. If not, then more user-friendly and more versatile boards exist in this review with lower price tags.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - the tip and tail of this board is sure to catch eyes in the lift line.
The tip and tail of this board is sure to catch eyes in the lift line.
Credit: Isaac Laredo, Ryland West

Conclusion


The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber is for those not faint of heart. Its design characteristics allow it to excel on firm snow when carving, straightlining, and jumping. It falls short in powder performance and general playfulness. If you have a powder-specific stick and need a reliable board for everyday riding, then this model could be for you.

arbor bryan iguchi pro camber snowboard review - graphic of the bryan iguchi pro.
Graphic of the Bryan Iguchi Pro.
Credit: Isaac Laredo, Ryland West

Isaac Laredo
 
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