Board: Rome Mod Stale
Camber Option: Stay Positive Camber. Traditional Camber, or what guys that hit really big features ride.
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, perfect hero snow for carving, cruising, and boosting, and just a bit of wind.
Flex: Coming in at just past a middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex sits this board. It’s stiffer through the middle to just after the insert packs, softens up for a few centimeters then stiffens up right where the carbon rods are, and finally softens back up out to the ends of the tips. There’s a little bit of torsional give to help with twisting the deck while carving.
Stability: This board is not damp by any means, it is lively. What this translates to is you will feel every vibration and variation in the snow but and I stress this it will not buckle when being pushed through chunder, moguls, and anything that sucks terrain wise.
Ollies: The carbon rods coupled with the traditional camber profile give this board insane boost. Just load it up and prepare to send it to the moon. This is one of those boards that’s designed for going big.
Pop On Jumps: Think about this it is Stale Sandbech’s personal model and he likes to hit big jumps. This board is just so at home hitting anything resembling a jump whether large or small.
Butterability: The sweet spot to butter is really weird it’s right outside the insert pack but before the carbon rods. If you press from outside your foot you’ll notice this, but if you press from the tips you’ll see a lot of resistance and snap. High speed buttering is your friend, being slow not so much.
Jibbing: Go fast, press hard, and put your weight behind it. The only way to get this board to do what you want in the terrain park.
Carving: Laying a turn down on this board is easy to initiate, but driving it through that turn takes effort. You’ll find yourself weighting the board heavily and flexing the board aggressively to get deep hard carves. Short quick turns on the other hand are responsive and snappy while taking minimal effort.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants camber, charges everything, and knows how to ride an aggressive board.
Personal Thoughts: This board is aggressive and it takes a lot of effort to stay on top of it. You’ll spend your days riding it pushing yourself and it to the limit. While not as skatey as the Mod Rocker it’s still a fun ride, but not for those that are lazy.
Comparable Boards: Capita X Volcom Pat Moore, Ride Burnout, Monument Repeater
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This board was loaned to us for review from Rome Snowboards marketing department.