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.

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