Since 2013 The Cross Rocket from Rome has been a snowboard that has nearly killed us. In what we didn’t think was possible it is now officially the most winning Death Sled Award winner. Feel free to read the review and argue with us.
Board: Rome Crossrocket
Camber Option: NoHang-Ups Pop. Traditional camber under foot then a 3D rocker area in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mid day spring snow conditions. This means slush, chunder, moguls, and the occasional section of untouched groomers. The sun was shining, the skies were blue, and the wind was minimal.
Flex: The camber portion of the board is the stiffest. This extends out to right where the point of the 3D starts then the board softens up substantially. There is a fair amount of torsional give which helps when you want to carve.
Stability: The only way to remain stable on this board is to stay flat based. This gives the most surface area and hold. The 3D in the tips coupled with the softer flex chatter a lot. You can see the vibrations as the tips have a waving like effect going on. When on edge you loose the traditional grip of the contact points as they’re elevated which lessens the edge hold, you can feel this and notice the vibrations causing the board to want to wash out.
Ollies: Camber does give snap and you can load up the tips which helps actuate the single carbon rod to get boost. The snap is actually great as long as you pop fully flat based.
Pop On Jumps: Popping isn’t the issue with a jump it’s the 3D base that takes away from the hold you would want of the contact points. So don’t fear the boost, worry about the landing.
Butterability: If you like camber and don’t want to catch then this might be the board for you. The stiffer flex coupled with the traditional camber under foot and through the middle give you a solid balancing point when up on the tips.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is a little weird to hit perfectly. Instead of being out at the end of the tips near the upkick and in the rocker zone it’s back closer to the insert packs. It’s very minimal and you have to hit it perfectly balanced because if you’re weight isn’t centered you’ll notice the 3D and how it washes out.
Carving: With the way the 3D base profile is you’re losing the direct edge connection of the contact points. This effects the board in a multitude of ways. Instead of locking out at the tips like most traditional boards do for hard aggressive carves you instead get a sloppy loose feel that lacks precision. Skidded turns become your friends until you get into deep slush or I would venture to guess soft snow.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a sloppy cambered ride.
Personal Thoughts: I didn’t think it was possible but this board has officially achieved a three-peat of winning The Death Sled Award. I still can’t figure out who would want to ride a cambered deck that is this sloppy. It lacks all the precision one would expect from camber and instead replaces it with the looseness of a full reverse camber board that doesn’t have extra contact points on the sidecut to make up for its lack of control. I’m sure some will argue about this with me but as it stands this board is just scary to ride.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Rome Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.