Board: Rome Agent Alek Promodel
Camber Option: Stay Positive Camber. Traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of overcast grey skies to blue and sunny as the storm rolled through. There were pockets of fresh powder, sticky snow in spots, and ice in others. The wind was very prevalent that day and a bit of a force to be reckoned with on the top of the mountain.
Flex: Alek Ostreng likes a snappy responsive board for his style of riding. The flex of this deck reflects that. It has a little bit of play in the nose then stiffens up mid way to the contact point and through to the middle of the deck where there’s more play. There’s a decent amount of torsional flex but not an over abundance.
Stability: Charging around this board while not the dampest in terms of absorbing micro vibrations is super stable. The tips don’t flap at speeds, it doesn’t buckle in variable conditions, and over all doesn’t feel dead.
Ollies: Having pop rods in the tips gives this board snap when you add that to the traditonal camber profile. Load it up and prepare to boost. Which if you’ve ever seen Alek Ostreng ride you know he has some serious pop.
Pop On Jumps: This board is meant to jump. It’s at home on jumps. Whether you’re just learning or hitting something bigger this board isn’t going to faulter.
Butterability: There’s a small sweet spot in the tips that you have to lock in perfectly otherwise it will fight you through the butter the whole way. That fight is a result of the placement of the Pop Rods. What is nice though is that if you lock in perfectly you’re going to get some serious snap out of any butter you do.
Jibbing: I found that you had to over exaggerate your movements a bit when doing nose or tail presses to get it to lock in perfectly, which wasn’t a bad problem, just something you needed to do. When it came to sliding sideways though this board just wanted more.
Carving: Ripping hard carves was super fun on this board. The sidecut allows you to get deep and low into the turn then slingshot out. The overall quick edge to edge initiation that it had was great.
Rider in Mind: The guy that likes a unique shape that will turn heads who can carve hard, pop big, and just knows how to send it while having fun.
Personal Thoughts: The shape on this board just made me want to try stabbing people in the leg. Why? I have no idea, but it was fun. Overall this board is great for sending it off features and charging around while still being playful. It’s a perfect blend of precision and power with playfulness.
Comparable Boards: K2 Happy Hour, Endeavor KTV, DC Ply
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This board was loaned to us for review from Rome Snowboards marketing department.