Platinum Picks – Design Innovation: Arbor Single

If you’re a pow hound who lives for secret stashes at your home resort or travels the globe in search of the steep and deep, you most likely look for a board that can handle getting you from the groomed access runs to those magical, puffy places. Designing a board that rides on piste like a “regular” board, but also excels while floating in powder is no easy task. Enter Arbor’s Single. With the idea of creating a board that feels like a single fin surfboard (hence the name), the shape and every aspect of the Single lends itself to excelling while floating in the fluffy.

The slow-rising nose of the Single is really a thing of beauty, every way you look at it. From straight overhead, the Thunderhead tip profile is wide and flat toward the mid-line of the board and has indented shoulders, which help manage powder dynamics, giving the Single a predictable, easy-planing character. The board also features Arbor’s Pow Fenders, which are sections along the Single’s nose that have a 3-degree bevel upward. These additional planing surfaces create a three-dimensional tip, which aids in the board’s flotation and turning, and greatly affects how well the Single tracks as you navigate through powder.

At low speeds, the Single is quite maneuverable in tight trees, but it is also stable and thrives at high speeds in open pow fields. A two-centimeter taper from tip to tail helps sink the back end in deeper snow, as well as drive energy through the cambered core and off the tail while ripping turns on groomers.

Arbor Single – $529.99
sizes: 152, 156

As a complement to Snowboard Magazine Platinum Picks: The Best of ‘22, we’re excited to announce a brand-new set of Platinum Pick Awards that pay particular attention to engineering and design innovation. This selection of gear is filled with creative concepts that eschew the expected in favor of redrafting the status quo. While the nuances are specific, the goal of each product in Platinum Picks: Design Innovation is the same as those
in The Best of ‘22—to amplify your good times whenever you’re on hill.


Up Next

November 29, 2021

Inside the Pro Model: Sam Klein and the Never Summer ProtoSlinger

A freestyle board with true, consistent pop.

November 29, 2021

Inside the Pro Model: Gigi Rüf and the 686 Smarty 5-in-1 Complete Jacket

“The shell alone is water- and windproof, wears light with a loose comfy feel. In combination with the vest...

November 28, 2021

Inside the Pro Model: Kennedi Deck’s Collection with Vans Snow

A classic-style Vans boot, MTE, and shoe for everyone.

November 25, 2021

Best of Cyber Monday: 686 Gore-Tex Glove/Mitt for only $48

The Linear Glove and Mitt comes in men's, women's, and youth sizing.

November 9, 2021

A Vision of the Future is Here: The New Smith I/O MAG Imprint 3D Goggle

Just like fingerprints and the flakes we snowboard upon, each of us are different. Understandably so, for decades, goggles...

November 3, 2021

686 x Rude Girls Release Their Collab Surface Cargo Pant

686 and Rude Girls just dropped a brand new collab pant, the 686 x Rude Girls Surface Cargo Pant....

October 29, 2021

Platinum Picks – Design Innovation: Ride C9 Binding

Last year, Ride took their already bulletproof binding line and completely overhauled it, literally starting from the bottom up....

October 29, 2021

Platinum Picks – Design Innovation: Vans Infuse

If you ride everything, from park to piste to powder, and like to have a boot that you can...

October 29, 2021

Platinum Picks – Design Innovation: Never Summer Proto FR

In 2008, reverse camber took the snowboarding world by storm. Up until then, board profiles were just remnants of...