Board: Rome Buckshot
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: Sunny blue skies, firm fast hero snow, and a little bit of wind.
Flex: With a flex that falls between a total jib noodle and a middle of the road park deck the Buckshot sits there. It’s very flexible from tip to tail, but has snap. The torsional flex is highly abundant.
Stability: Throw the idea of stability out the window. You feel everything in this board and the tip and tail can wash out when you’re pushing it too hard.
Ollies: There’s snap in this deck that’s easy to initiate due to the flex. What I did notice is if I loaded the board up hard sometimes the tail would buckle as I popped off sidehits and rollers. For a camber board it made me pop it with less loading and more skate style last minute initiation.
Pop On Jumps: This board can handle a small to medium jump, but it’s not the best for sucking up an uneven landing.
Butterability: Here’s where this board stood out. The tips are soft and have an immense sweet spot which makes locking in great. The single carbon rod in the tip has the pop you want out of a press, but isn’t so stiff and responsive you have to overly work for it.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses and holds them with ease. Come in fast or slow and just do what you love. Sliding sideways the board hugs the feature but doesn’t feel like it’s going to hang up and cause you to slam.
Carving: Surprisingly for how soft this board is you can really push a hard carve. You will feel everything you’re cutting over, but it rips and grips aggressively. Short quick turns come with minimal effort.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that needs a little snap out of their board but doesn’t want to sacrifice that fun freestyle flex for pressing.
Personal Thoughts: Is it me or are companies making too many boards that overlap? This is how I felt about the Buckshot. While not a bad board by any means it’s too similar to the Artifact and the Gangplank. Both two great boards that have been in the Rome lineup for a while and both fit the rider profile this deck is trying to cover.
Comparable Boards: Interior Plain Project Harrow, Capita The Outsiders, K2 Bottle Rocket
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This board was loaned to us for review by Rome Snowboards marketing department.