Board: Rome Artifact
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: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, no wind, warmer temps, and snow that was soft yet fast.
Flex: This board is soft and that is noticeable the second you pick it up. What you get is a lot of play in the tips, a little bit of a stiffer zone under foot, and then more softness between the feet. The torsional flex is highly abundant. Overall it’s not a board that’s 100% limp noodle but it’s no where near a middle of the road flex.
Stability: Here’s the thing I noticed with this board it’s stable. I didn’t experience any chatter when pointing it down a groomer or notice that it was bucking me when I got into rutted out terrain. With that said it has severe limitations due to its flex.
Ollies: Traditional camber always helps with getting pop. This board is no different. While it is soft this only aids in how you initiate the pop. It takes next to no effort to load it up and when you do you get more snap.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to small and medium-ish sized jumps. The lack of having to load it up does help with setting up at the last minute off a lip.
Butterability: There is a huge sweet spot just outside the bindings. This is where the board locks in the best and allows you to press till your hearts content. There is some rebound out of this board but it’s not over powering which is nice.
Jibbing: Here’s where this board was meant to shine. The tips lock into presses exceptionally well due to having a sweet spot that is immense. You can go sideways on anything you want and know that it will hug the feature due to the camber profile.
Carving: Ever wanted to know what it’s like to hit a wall when you’re flexing a board? Yeah, that’s what happens with this deck. It can only drive through a carve so far before it just stops engaging. This means you can do short quick turns or long drawn out ones, but hard deep Euro-carves? That’s not happening.
Rider in Mind: Jib guy that wants a skateboard for the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I was actually surprised at how this board did not have chatter or get bucked around in the variable terrain. Maybe that’s a testament to one of the longest running jib boards out there, maybe it’s just proof camber has its place. Either way this board has snap where it needs it, an abundance of flex to play with, and an overall profile that lets you get weird in a freestyle manner.
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Rome Artifact.
Comparable Boards: DC PBJ, Ride Kink, Yes Jackpot
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