Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber ReviewMarch 13, 2018
- Loves aggressive riding
- Super responsive
- Great pop
- Too much board for some
- Big carbon footprint
Like last year’s Clovis, another board designed by a Wyoming-based pro, the Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber is built for the serious rider who charges hard. As the only cambered board in our test — all the others are a variation on hybrid camber — this deck is incredibly responsive and has tons of pop. For the expert rider, the deck is stiff and has great edgehold.
The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber is a directional twin with a full camber. The only full cambered in our test — Arbor also makes a non-cambered Iguchi pro model — it’s the most responsive board in the test, thanks to that camber. That’s good if you charge hard all day, but it’s too much for most. The narrow waist is great for quick turns on groomers or tight trees and the Iguchi Pro Camber also initiates turns in a hurry. And since it’s a twin, the Iguchi is also fun for riding switch at full tilt, if you’re up for it. But this isn’t the same camber from the early aughts — rails are lifted by 3 degrees to reduce the camber vibe, making the board less catchy.
Pop & Energy
Two bamboo struts run the length of the board which adds plenty of pop to the poplar core on the Arbor Iguchi Pro Camber. The camber profile also helps riders load up the tail with plenty of power.
The Arbor Iguchi Pro Camber is the board for those who ride the toughest mountain in the lower 48, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort — Iguchi’s home mountain — or ride like they’re in Jackson Hole. Great for steeps, deep pow in the sidecountry, and terrible, icy traverses to return to the mountain, this is an all-in board built for natural terrain and inbound hot laps at Mach 10 speeds.
Arbor’s Bryan Iguchi Pro includes “Grip Tech” with four additional contact points for finding traction in slick conditions and it works well. The board also has elevated contact points at the bindings to decrease the chances of catching an edge. An additional bonus of this tech? Less chance for toe drag.
Sustainability & Craftsmanship
Fabricated in Dubai, Arbor boards travel thousands of miles to get to North America. Boards like the Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber are built from sustainably sourced wood, including fast-growing bamboo and American Maple (requiring shipping to the Middle East.) Arbor offers a three-year warranty to back up the build. Craftsmanship is solid. And Arbor donates to a handful of environmental non-profits.Continue Reading
We tested these boards in the Eastern Sierra, in and around Mammoth and June Mountain. Testing began at a trade show in February, where we took about 15 boards. We rode each for about an hour. After that, we whittled the number down to the six tested riding all the way into August thanks to Mammoth record breaking season. They were open daily until August 6. We rode in all conditions from bulletproof hardpack to pow and everything in between.
Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.