When you look at the Rome Snowboards line you’re inundated with a lot of choices. The Mod Rocker should stick out as their alternate cambered all mountain freestyle board that screams I will ride over anything in my path. Here’s how riding the 2014 model went.
Board: Rome Mod Rocker
Camber Option: Freepop Rocker. Flat between the feet with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny with a mix of gray and blue skies. High winds causing the softer snow to firm up relatively fast making for a mix of soft to ice conditions.
Flex: Slightly softer in the tips then stiffening up right where the board turns from rocker to flat. The torsional give is subtle compared to others which makes for a stable ride. Over all it’s a true all mountain freestyle flex that is designed for fun.
Stability: There should never be a worry about chatter in this deck it just absorbs chatter and allows you to cruise over any type of terrain.
Ollies: The carbon rods in the tips give this board pop like you wouldn’t believe. It just doesn’t disappoint when you load up and boost.
Pop On Jumps: This board is so at home on jumps it’s uncanny. Just roll in and snap off the lip and you’re going to the sweet spot or beyond on a jump.
Butterability: The rocker in the tips coupled with the slight blunt shape help with buttering in the tips. The flex pattern does make you work a tad bit harder but the end result is solid.
Jibbing: Rocker with a blunt flat shape is one of the best things for landing into nose or tail presses. This board doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. Sliding around on features it glides with ease and isn’t something to worry about.
Carving: If you want to carve then this deck lends itself to that discipline. You can really get over on edge laying Euro-carves and using the people on the slopes as gates you can just glide on edge between them. Small short carves are never an issue and when it comes to long drawn out ones you can hold on firmly and make it through the arc.
Rider in Mind: The true all mountain freestylist that will spend days in the park but also hike out a gate searching for pow.
Personal Thoughts: This board has never disappointed as a true all mountain jack of all trades deck. It’s fun and playful for groomer days with friends, forgiving enough to jib in the park, poppy enough for big booters, and stable enough to ride gnarly chopped out powder lines.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Rome Snowboards Rockies Rep.
Note: This board was made at Elan production models will be made at GST.