Rome never one to shy away from offering girls the same as they do the guys is introducing the Scandal for 2014. In the men’s snowboard line this would be the equivalent of the Crossrocket. So here’s how Zara thought this handled.
Board: Rome Scandal
Camber Option: No Hang Ups Pop. Camber through the mid section of the board into a rocker in the tips coupled with a 3D base where the contact points are elevated.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pures
Stance: 21 inches wide 15 negative 15 regular
Boots: Salomon Kiana’s
My Weight: 148
Conditions: There was some fresh snow but not enough to constitute a powder day making the groomers soft but fun.
Flex: This is one of those stiffer all mountain freestyle flexes that you have to work to get the most out of.
Stability: Throw stability out the window I was all over the place with this thing which lets just say was not fun.
Ollies: Not too great you had to work for them which is a result of the camber. But you would think you would get more pop.
Pop On Jumps: I wasn’t impressed as the board felt flat and stiff. Everything felt like I had to work for it. It wasn’t particularly playful like I want a deck to be.
Butterability: Board didn’t really work with me. I definitely fell flat on my face trying to duck walk, which was surprising since the board is a tad shorter than what I am used to and the contact points in the tips are bent up.
Jibbing: Although I didn’t have any real trouble on the features, the board isn’t magic under my feet. I wasn’t excited about hitting the jibs on the Scandal, in fact I inwardly cringed that I may eat shit and die. There were a few times I bailed out on features I hit all the time because I didn’t feel stable.
Carving: I’d have to say if the Scandal was longer, I’d like it for fast carves. As I was on the 146, I felt it was a bit sketchy. It definitely worked my quads a bit more than the poppy playful decks I’ve favored this year. T
Rider in Mind: Maybe the all mountain rider. I wouldn’t say the avid tree get after-er would like this. A longer deck would be fun for a little bit here and a little bit there all over the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for out of a deck personally but I could see the cruising girl really like the stability (as long as it was a bit bigger, or the girly being a bit shorter) and the float the rock provides. The deck is a tad wider than the others I’ve ridden this year.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Rome Snowboards Rockies rep for review.