Erik Leon and Arbor have done it again with year two of the Relapse, Erik’s affordably priced, C.O.R.E.-approved, pro model snowboard.
Want to be sick all the time? How about a Relapse… Too on the nose? Well, guess what, this is a true twin camber board, so cool it—we are just as much on the tail as we are on the nose. Erik Leon’s Relapse is back for its second year, making it officially a Leon line within the Arbor Unisex quiver. The Relapse was an easy choice for the 2022 Platinum Picks, not just for the trusted tech and pleasing new graphic, but for the initiative that brought this board to fruition. Anything with Erik’s name on it sticks to his Community Outreach Riding Equipment guidelines, or C.O.R.E, for short. If you haven’t seen or heard about the movement online, I guess you are the reason this magazine still exists! Thanks!
Erik started C.O.R.E. in 2019 as a way to use his professional platform to affect the industry in a positive way. C.O.R.E is all about increasing participation, removing barriers to entry, and utilizing sustainable manufacturing—and inspiring others to do the same. So, not only is the Relapse the perfect choice for any park or street rider, but it is made in a way that we can all get behind, helping to preserve snowboarding for generations to come. Through C.O.R.E., Erik is able to give back to the community with fundraisers for non-profits like Hoods to Woods and more, all around the country. We aren’t saying that this should sway your decision to purchase this product over other boards, but we aren’t not saying it. The Relapse is a Platinum Pick with a heart of gold and an FSC-certified core. With a softer flex, recycled steel edges, and a bio-resin that reduces the carbon footprint of your average board by up to 40%, you’ll find us Relapsing this winter, as well. – Mark Clavin
This year, the Snowboard Magazine Platinum Picks Awards are sliding into their fourteenth season as the largest, most in-depth gear review of its kind. Thousands of great products from every category on the market have been narrowed down to a select few that our editors have reviewed, tinkered with, analyzed, and photographed. Our goal is to inform, educate, and help guide your buying decisions this winter, so you end up with the very best gear for your time on the mountain. In the 2022 Platinum Picks, you’ll find an assortment of amazing boards, boots, bindings, goggles, helmets, jackets, pants, and more that we have deemed The Best of ’22.