Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber Review
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Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber
$649.95 at REI
$699.95 at REI
|$549.95 at Evo|
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$499.95 at REI
|Pros||Uplifted contact points, Bryan Iguchi artwork, superior pop||Great edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex pattern||Float, precise edging, good construction, playful||User friendly, turning experience, versatile, playful||Great value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphics|
|Cons||Expensive, below average flotation||Narrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offerings||Switch performance, harder to control in uneven terrain||Topsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slippery||Plank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpack|
|Bottom Line||Built for advanced riders who dream of high speeds, long arcing turns, and huge methods||Our first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromises||Our board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder days||Has a playful merit to its high-performance abilities||A 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|
|Float in Powder (20%)|
|Stability at Speed (20%)|
|Pop and Jumping (15%)|
|Specs||Arbor Bryan Iguchi...||K2 Alchemist||Yes. Optimistic||United Shapes Cadet||Jones Frontier|
|Riding Style||All Mountain||Big mountain||Alternative Freeride||Freeride||All Mountain|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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