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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.
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Price:  $600 List | $599.95 at REI
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Pros:  Uplifted contact points, Bryan Iguchi artwork, superior pop
Cons:  Expensive, below average flotation
Manufacturer:   Arbor
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 20, 2019
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#10 of 10
  • Edging - 25% 9
  • Float in Powder - 20% 6
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9
  • Playfulness - 20% 5
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber has a full camber profile that has unique upraised 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. If you're looking for float, we recommend the Burton Deep Thinker. 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.


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Pros Uplifted contact points, Bryan Iguchi artwork, superior popFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicGreat value, versatile, nimble, fun
Cons Expensive, below average flotationTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatCan slip on hardbackBelow average float in powder
Bottom Line Built for advanced riders who dream of high speeds, long arcing turns, and huge methods."That was totally wicked." -The IncrediblesSnowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.Porsche performance at Honda prices.The Fury has everything you need and nothing you don't for the sunny everyday board.
Rating Categories Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two Jones Explorer Nitro Quiver Fury
Edging (25%)
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9
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9
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Float In Powder (20%)
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Stability At Speed (20%)
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Playfulness (20%)
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Specs Arbor Bryan Iguchi... Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... Jones Explorer Nitro Quiver Fury
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Asymetrical twin
Camber/Rocker Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid- Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium/Stiff Stiff Soft-Medium Medium-Stiff Medium/Stiff
Weight 6.6 (lb) / 105.6 (oz) 6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz) 6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz) 6.4 (lb) / 102.4 (oz) 6 (lb) / 96 (oz)
Tested Length 159 151 157 159 159
Available Lengths 156, 159, 162, 163, 167 151, 154, 157 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W 157, 163
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood Wood Wood
Waist Width (cm) 25.25 26.6 26.3 26.2 25
Radius (m) 8.85 6.5 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5 9/5.6-7/4.1
Taper(mm) 1.5 6 0 0 0

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

Performance Comparison


Marco Gooding dragging hand.
Marco Gooding dragging hand.

Edging


The Camber Pro was a beast on edge scoring a 9 out 10. The full camber profile allowed for a stiff and stable turning platform that exited turns with power and ease. While 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; so it not one for those starting out. 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 where the edge and board protrude outward slightly from your bindings to obtain better edge hold. All theses feature combine to make this board a high speed and full on edging machine in all conditions.

The reviewer testing the edging limits of the Pro Camber.
The reviewer testing the edging limits of the Pro Camber.

Float in Powder


Being an all camber, twin-like profile with minimal taper this board struggles to float in powder. The model scored a six out of 10. It provided average float but required more speed than other models to achieve its maximum float. If you're looking for the maximum float, we love the Yes Optimistic.

Stability at Speed


Thanks to the cambered profile and long sidecut this board had us going as fast as we ever wanted to and it was asking for more. It scored a 9 out 10 for its ability to sail long arcing turns with confidence.

The Intricate graphic artwork by Bryan Iguchi accentuated by the sunlight
The Intricate graphic artwork by Bryan Iguchi accentuated by the sunlight

Playfulness


Here is where the main trade-off is felt. Playfulness took some sacrifice for overall stability. The Iguchi Pro scored a 5 out ten in this metric. 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 you 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 top of class pop clocking in a 9 out of 10.

Few things are more stylish than a tweaked frontside air.
Few things are more stylish than a tweaked frontside air.

Best Applications


The Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber is best suited for strong advanced riders who like high speeds, long turns, and are looking to go bigger on a board that has their back.

Value


If you fit the rider description above with a dedicated powder board then this board could be a great value for you. Better performing and more versatile boards exist in this review with lower price tags.

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.

Conclusion


The Pro Camber is for those not faint of heart. It's design characteristics allow it to excel edging, straight lining, and jumping. It falls short in powder and general playfulness. If you have a powder board and need a board for everyday riding that will be there when you need it. This model could be for you.

Other Versions and Accessories


We tested the 159 model. Wide models are available.

Graphic of the Bryan Iguchi Pro.
Graphic of the Bryan Iguchi Pro.


Isaac Laredo