2013 Rome Mod Rocker Used and Reviewed
This is one board I’ve wanted to ride since it’s inception. There was just something about it on paper that made it stand out as a board I could seriously destroy everything with. Finally able to test it on one of the better winter days in Breck allowed me to put it through the proper paces.
Board: Rome Mod Rocker
Camber Option: Freepop Rocker. Standard three stage rocker with a flat section going into a rockered zone.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 18 negative 15 goofy 22.5 inches wide.
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird park and pow laps on the most pristine of conditions.
Flex: The stiffer side of being a jump board making it far more versatile for all mountain playfulness. Less friendly for the jib kids.
Stability: It’s damp but still lively which makes it fun for charging whether it’s in chunder, pow, groomers, or dropping into an icy cheese wedge in the park.
Ollies: The Hot Rods which are carbon fiber hallowed out rods (think carbon fiber fishing rod) give this board amazing snap when cruising around the mountain. Load the nose or tail and you’re going to the moon easily.
Pop On Jumps: Hitting jumps this is what the board is seriously made for. There’s a reason Bjorn sends it on this deck. For the serious jump guy don’t worry about not being able to have some loft boost.
Butterability: The stiffer flex makes you have to work it a bit more even though it has rocker. There is a nice sweet spot that lets you play around. If anything I would say high speed butters are where it’s at.
Jibbing: Much like buttering you have to nail the sweet spot. For a serious jib kid you wouldn’t even bother looking at this board it’s too much board for that. Now for a guy doing slopestyle contests this board can handle those few rail/box tricks you need to do between jumps.
Carving: Lock it in and rip it. That’s the best way to describe the sidecut on this board. Leaving trenches on fresh corduroy is not a problem at all for this beast and icy pipe walls are not a problem.
Rider in Mind: The guy going to the big jump line or all mountain freestylist that wants a poppy slightly stiffer board that will let them stomp bigger cliffs.
Personal Thoughts: I had been told this was the deck to try for a more advanced all mountain freestyle stick. It definitely fit that bill it has some insane pop to a level that rivals other boards I’ve ridden in the past. Pow, park, cruising the mountain, playing on side hits, etc. etc. it does it all. Would I recommend this for everyone? Probably not as you have to be on top of it, but for an advanced rider that’s not afraid of a stiffer flex and a lot of pop certainly would be a contender.
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