The Mod Rocker is a board that has been thoroughly enjoyed by many since its inception. Its previous incarnations have been great snowboards. But for 2015 the minor tweaks that we felt when riding this have allowed it to finally rise to the top to be an award winner.
Board: Rome Mod Rocker
Camber Option: Freepop Rocker. Flat through the middle and just past the insert packs and then rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Firm fast groomers in the morning, slush in the afternoon, and mashed potatoes in between. The sun was shining through the mix of blue skies and clouds.
Flex: This board is the epitome of true all mountain freestyle flex. The tips are soft up until the Turbo Rods (Carbon rods). It then stiffens up from the rods to the insert pack. Between the feet it’s softer. The torsional give is subtle yet balanced which makes it predictable.
Stability: This board is so stable but not overly damp which makes it a lively feeling board. You might notice a little bit of chatter at the very ends of the tips but it doesn’t resonate back to the binding inserts.
Ollies: The carbon rods in the tips are one of those noticeable additives that allow a board to boost more. The snap out of the tips will pop you over slow signs, boost you off rollers, and get you up onto urban approach features.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps. The pop off out of the tail added to the natural boost of a lip will send you. Small to large it doesn’t matter this board is built for jumping.
Butterability: Now some might think this board is too stiff for buttering, the truth is that the softer ends of the tips give a great platform to play around on. The thing to note though is that once you flex into those carbon rods there will be snap and rebound which will keep you on your toes if you’re not prepared for it. High speed buttering is strongly recommended here.
Jibbing: Much like buttering, jibbing is best done at high speeds with this deck. The sweet spot is tiny for presses and you have to hit it perfectly otherwise the snap out of the tips will pop you out of the press. Sliding sideways on rails and boxes you won’t notice as much rebound which helps it lock into slides.
Carving: The sidecut is designed to rip hard carves or short quick ones. Any way you look at it this board won’t disappoint in the carving category. Rip it and grip it.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestylist that will spin a cliff or a park jump.
Personal Thoughts: The one thing I noticed after riding this board for the last few seasons is that the tips outside the carbon rods were a little bit softer, not much, but just enough to make it a tad more playful. This changed the ride just enough to make it a super playful yet lively all mountain freestyle board. The rocker made it feel more like a skateboard than anything else.
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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.