Board: Rome Artifact Rocker
Camber Option: Freepop Camber Rocker. A flat section into a rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of sun with blue skies and gray storm clouds rolling through, mild wind, warmer temps, and snow that was soft and playful yet still fast.
Flex: This board actually rides a bit stiffer than the regular Artifact. What you get is a stiffer mid section to the board then it has softer tips. There’s a bit of torsional flex but it’s still not as abundant as on the camber version.
Stability: I noticed chatter right where the rocker zone meets the flat section. The tips get that flutter effect at resonable speeds. The mid section was actually fairly stable except in really deep rutted terrain and then I noticed it would buck me around a little bit.
Ollies: This board is 100% skate style pop. You don’t load it up you just slap that tail down and pop at the last minute. It’s decent and gets the job done but is more dependent on the rider than anything inside the board.
Pop On Jumps: As with the cambered Artifact you want to keep it to the small and medium-ish jumps. As already mentioned the pop is very skate style so you don’t need to load it up. I will say that landing centered is better than being nose or tail heavy.
Butterability: The rocker in the tips makes it easy to get the board up when being lazy and buttering. It has a decent sweet spot that really locks in and lets you do your thing. If you want to get buttery, go for it this board can do what you want.
Jibbing: If the regular Artifact was meant for jibbing, this board is its lazy little brother for those that just can’t master the art of riding camber. You can lean into any press you want and you’re golden. It slides with ease and doesn’t hook due to the softer flex.
Carving: Will you be able to rip a hard turn? Probably not. Will you be able to carve between features when you need to? Yep, it’s got you there. So just understand this board has limitations and you’ll be golden.
Rider in Mind: The more skate style inspired snowboarder that likes to be super lazy in the park.
Personal Thoughts: This board does ride stiffer than the regular Artifact which makes sense as you need to beef up the board just a hair when it’s rockered like this. This board jibs well and is fun for playing around on the mountain buttering and taping off slow signs. It has its limitations but it makes no claims that it’s not what the marketing says it is. If you like to play around and want a decent board for doing small tricks, this is it.
Comparable Boards: K2 WWW, Flow Verve, Arbor Draft
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