In the quest to perpetually downsize your snowboard so that you can compete in
Skateboard Megaramp err… I mean skateboard on snow Rome has offered up the Shank. A snowboard that due to a longer effective edge and some more girth lets you go smaller than normal. Here’s how we felt the 2014 stacked up.
Board: Rome Shank
Camber Option: NoHang-Ups Rocker. Flat between the feet into rocker with a diamond flat shape that causes the contact points to be raised up off the snow.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny skies with firm to slushy snow as the day went on and a minimal breeze.
Flex: Just a hair under middle of the road but not by much. More give out at the ends of the tips and stiffening up under foot.
Stability: The size is usually the thing that throws people off with this deck, but it’s built a little beefier to be more stable. I wouldn’t charge a blown out mogul field thinking it wouldn’t buck me but flying down a groomer it gets the job done. On edge it was a little washy from time to time, I attribute this mainly to firmer snow and the rocker shape.
Ollies: Think of this board as a skateboard for the snow you can pop off anything with ease. It just loads up and boosts.
Pop On Jumps: Would I hit a 30 plus foot jump? Maybe if I was feeling confident but for the most part it’s great for smaller jumps and has ample amount of boost.
Butterability: This is definitely one of the strong suits of this deck. With the Nohang-ups you don’t have to fear that dreaded edge catch and adding rocker to it just makes pressing so much easier.
Jibbing: Be the little skateboarder you wish you were with this deck. Sure skateboarding is way harder but at least you can pretend right? It locks in to presses and has a decent sweet spot. Board slides are a breeze as well.
Carving: On firmer snow it didn’t want to stay locked in and would occasionally wash out. Mild set up turns were fine and in soft snow there weren’t any issues.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants to skate the whole park and not be defined by lips and formulaic lay outs.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t remember this board being this squirrely on edge last year when I rode it in a 149. Over all though it’s still a fun deck for dorking around in the park on small to medium features.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review by the Rome Snowboards Rockies rep.