I’ve ridden a lot of decks in my day and it just seems that every year someone has to make a death sled that scares the living hell out of you. This was one of those decks. Whether it was the base profile, use of original camber, or the fact the core is one of the thickest I’ve seen in a long time I couldn’t tell you. But over all was scared to death of this thing.
Board: Rome Crossrocket
Camber Option: Traditional camber with no hang ups. No hang ups is a diamond shape in the base that elevates the contact points.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny warm spring days without a cloud in the sky or a gust of wind to blow you around.
Flex: Upper end of the park spectrum. This board is stiffer and not because it’s camber but if you look at the core profiling from the side the deck is just thick. The tips have a little bit of give but over all it’s just built to be stiffer.
Stability: Well can’t fault this board as being unstable with that core. It’s fine through chunder and pushes through anything in its way.
Ollies: There’s one hot rod in the tip to give it a little bit of snap when you’re flat based popping. I didn’t find it overly poppy but enough to get the job done.
Pop On Jumps: It’s there but honestly that No-Hang-Ups thing just made it very sketchy as your board wasn’t flat.
Butterability: Well this is the shining star in what this board can do. Imagine camber that won’t catch on anything. I mean I tried it’s impossible to hook an edge on this board. Granted the flex isn’t ideal for slow speed buttering but mach ten tail sliding nose slipping action is game on.
Jibbing: Well not being able to hang up was nice but that diamond shape is so pronounced it was hard as hell to lock in for nose/tail presses. It’s like riding a super defined TBT board that that doesn’t give you enough surface area to balance on.
Carving: Well I don’t know why you would raise the edge this much on a cambered board. Rolling transitions from toe to heel were easy but staying locked in when coming out of a carve was another story. Due to that lack of the contact point being equal with the rest of the edge it just slipped out when doing that final part of the transition of the carve.
Rider in Mind: It’s supposed to be for the high end camber loving all mountain guy. Honestly though I felt this board would suit the guy that likes loose trucks on a skateboard and just does wicked quick turns while pumping through a bowl.
Personal Thoughts: This board was a death sled. That is the only way I can describe it. I haven’t been that scared to hit a jump in a long time. On more than one occasion it slipped out going up the lip due to the lack of contact points. On jibs though it was awesome no fear of catching and I still say that camber locks in on a front board better than anything on the market. Over all I personally would never own this board the negatives I felt far outweigh the positives.
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