The Rook is not a Pawn and thus is a board for people that won’t be manipulated into believing something is better than it is. Since day one this board has been a quiver killer and for 2012 it continues this trend. With some tweaks to the core and flex profile this deck did not disappoint. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Nitro Rook
Camber Option: Flat Camber
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with some of the firmest corduroy I’ve seen since leaving the east coast. The pipe was half in the sun and soft the dark side was a wall of sheet ice that had holes the size of bowling balls in it. What little park features they had wouldn’t even be part of Breckenridges baby park.
Preconceived Notions: I rode this deck when it first came out and loved it but would have liked to have seen it stiffened up just a hair. When talking with The Foundries (Nitro’s U.S. Distribution Company) Tonino Copene he told me it was a bit different in terms of flex.
Flex: True twin all mountain freestyle flex not too stiff and not too soft.
Stability: Great dampening in this board when flying through the death snow and busting up the chunder. Even while being damp it was still lively.
Ollies/Pop: Amazing pop out of the tips and off the edges. Busting ollies and nollies off rollers and cat tracks was a total breeze.
Butterability: The tips were slightly softer than between the feet so you could flex the board and spin around like a dainty ballerina if you wanted to.
Cruising: This stood out to me as a great aspect of the board the sidecut is deep enough to rail a turn and lock in on edge but still mellow enough that it doesn’t force you to have to rail a hard turn when charging. In the death pipe it was nice to know that I didn’t have to fear the edge giving out on me.
Jibbing: Locked into presses perfectly fine. Just like buttering it did its job no questions asked.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to slay some pow, hit some jumps, ride the half pipe, butter around, and then do it all over again.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t say this too often but this is a board I don’t want but I need to have in my quiver. It handled everything that was open at Snowbasin with ease and still left me wanting more.
What They Say: The Rook is a true twin that has won multiple board tests in the last two seasons, giving it the instant legendary board status. The mid-wide shape and Zero Camber makes the board easier to transition from rails to jumps. The Bi-Lite Laminates give the Rook a very forgiving flex, while the Ballistic Impact Panels and Railkiller Edge take all the abuses that the park dishes out. Rounding out the Rooks insanity is the dual degressive sidecut that keeps the board from being catchy on take offs and landings, but provides a solid hold between your feet. Don’t be a mark for those other companies- try a board that will give you some love back.
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