2012 Nitro Rook Factory Used and Reviewed
The Factory series from Nitro is essential beefed up versions of already existing versions in their line up. This line up covers the Rook, Team, Team Wide, and T1. Going from the regular rook to this it allowed for a good side by side comparison.
Board: Nitro Rook Factory
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Raiden Zeros
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny skies with a few clouds and high winds. The snow was firm with icy spots in it but the corduroy was fresh and there wasn’t any fresh snow in sight.
Preconceived Notions: Talking with The Foundary’s Tonino Copene he told me he wanted me to take this board out after the Flat Camber Rook to compare how this rode. In telling me this all he said was traditional camber and slightly stiffer.
Flex: Little more towards all mountain than freestyle with a beefed up middle flex that gave it some more torsional rigidity. Tips were a little stiffer as well but not by much.
Stability: Charging was what this board was made for so stability was not an issue.
Ollies/Pop: Solid snap out of the tips when popping off rollers or gay little kiddie jumps. Gaping cat tracks was a breeze as well.
Butterability: There’s play in the tips that allow you to butter it fine but I wouldn’t call it this decks strong suit. In fact the flat camber Rook is far easier to press around on the snow.
Cruising: Railing a turn on this board was amazing as it would just hold on for dear life and slice through the firm icy snow. Never once did it feel hooky or wash out it just cut like a lazer through glass.
Jibbing: Just like buttering not exactly it’s strong suit but with a little upper body manipulation you could land in a press and have it get the job done no questions asked.
Rider in Mind: The camber tradtionalist that’s going to spend a bit more time charging lines or railing groomers than hitting the park. This will be the same guy that will never give up traditional camber.
Personal Thoughts: Every once in a while you’ll get on a deck that is traditional camber that doesn’t feel like it is. This is one of those decks it just handled like a flat board but had the spring of traditional camber when driving through turns. The stiffer flex as it’s portrayed as having isn’t so much that you’re like, “holy fuck balls Batman this is too much!” But instead more like a real crisp 100 dollar bill that is having a hard time being folded.
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