Arbor Wasteland Snowboard

Oct 30, 2012
Outside Magazine

   Photo: Arbor

BEST FOR: Intermediates who like to take the twin out of the park.

THE TEST: The iconic Wasteland keeps getting better with age. In the past few years, it has integrated Arbor’s approach to rocker: a heavier arc underfoot and gradually less toward the tip and tail, with medium flex. Experienced reviewers and newcomers alike called the directional twin Wasteland a quiver of one and lauded the easy transitions from mellow trees to choppy steeps. True freestyle testers found it a bit overbuilt for rails and park jibs but appreciated its fortitude in natural terrain. Bonus: All of the Wasteland’s wood—from the top sheet to the core—is FSC-certified or sustainably harvested.

THE VERDICT: A sure bet if you spend most of your time out of the park.

Response: 4
Versatility: 4

Of all the boards here, the Wasteland is the most environmentally friends, with FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood from core to top sheet and bamboo sidewalls. Not far behind are the Jones and Gnu, which also have FSC-certified cores.