2013 Rome Shank Used and Reviewed
Who says Hip Hop is dead? Well the Shank has a graphic inspired theme that says certain things are dead. Now that the new thing is making boards people can downsize on and still send it Rome built the Shank. With a slew of tech and some other marketing bull shit poured in for good measure here’s how this board stacks up.
Board: Rome Shank
Camber Option: No Hang Ups. It’s flat till 20mm’s before the end of the running length then it has a concave base. They call it the No-hang-ups diamond so picture a diamond on the base that’s flat the areas outside of the diamond are where the concave are.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 wide 18 negative 15 goofy.
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Keystone and Breckenridge
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with pristine parks and fresh corduroy.
Flex: I would call it perfect park flex that it lets you do everything while not lending itself to being too soft or too stiff. Little bit more play in the tips while being super solid under foot.
Stability: This is the thing that blew me away for being a 149 I was not expecting the board to be able to charge through any choppy terrain or crusty shit. That was not a problem at all and this board is meant to be ridden smaller than you would.
Ollies: The single barrel Hot Rod (carbon fiber rod in the tip just outside the insert pack) gives you enough snap to get up on urban rails.
Pop On Jumps: Something you don’t have to worry about but the smaller size might make you feel like you’re riding skateboarding mega ramp.
Butterability: Playful tips allow you to press into anything on snow outside of where the Hod Rod is.
Jibbing: I think this is where it really excels as a board though due to being skate inspired. You can press and slide anything in front of you and it’s great. I was riding around Breck’s Parklane and Keystones A-51 just like I would on a skateboard playing on features and having fun.
Carving: Don’t let it’s skate inspired nature fool you this board can carve. I was ripping turns and felt locked in perfectly.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that rides the mountain like a skatepark and wants a deck they can size down with.
Personal Thoughts: This thing blew my mind that I could hit all the features I normally would but with a 149 and not feel like I was going to die. The skate inspired design with that No-hang-ups diamond just makes this board overly fun for playing around hitting side hits, doing hot laps with friends, jibbing, jumping, pipe might be it’s downfall. Plus the graphic is hilarious Biggie and Tupacs skulls and Death of Hip Hop on the base.
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