Board: Rome Blackjack
Camber Option: Contact Camber. A true flat camber meaning there’s no positive or negative to it.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A mix of gray clouds and blue skies causing shadows, warmer temps, and snow that ranged from icy and firm to soft and slushy.
Flex: Somewhere between jib noodle and middle of the road. What you get is a playful board that has a little snap to it. The tips have a big sweet spot from right before the carbon rod out to the end, there’s some play from between the bindings, and between the feet torsionally there’s a ton of play.
Stability: It’s stable to a point and depending on the terrain. I.E. In the park or a perfectly groomed run, anything else and you’re going to feel the snow and get bucked around. The good thing is the flex pattern absorbs transitions and contours with ease.
Ollies: Due to having the flat camber profile and the carbon rod in the tips this board has some snap. It’s so easy to pop without having to load the board up. It’s very skate styled in that regards and makes the mountain into a mini skate park.
Pop On Jumps: There’s enough pop for small to medium jumps. Without having to have the need to aggressively load up to pop a jump it does turn lips into launch ramps.
Butterability: Here’s where this board shines. It has that flex you can press into without fighting back on you. Which is nice if you want to really spin around on your tips or press into them. Basically if you’re looking to butter and not have a board fight you, look no further.
Jibbing: Press it, slide it, bonk it. This deck has you covered. The sweet spot is great for nose and tail presses in the tips and with that carbon rod you get the snap out you want while not being forced to have to pop out. The softer flex between the feet helps the board cradle itself on slides.
Carving: There’s limitations with its carving and that’s to be expected on a board like this. You can’t just dig in hard and expect to lay out a full Euro-carve, it’s not going to happen. What I did find though was that it initiates turns with ease due to the camber profile, by this I mean it rolls up on edge and transitions over without having to be loaded. Stick to quick set up turns or long drawn out carves and you’ll be fine.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants to use the mountain as a skatepark.
Personal Thoughts: This board reminded me of riding the old Rome Shank or Boneless. It’s playful yet has snap and makes you feel like you’re riding a skateboard on the mountain. You don’t have to stay on point to do what you want and the board will do what you make it. There’s snap, play, and general fun to be had on this deck. It’s more than a jib board but not quite a middle of the road park deck.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Z Twin, Smokin MIP, K2 87
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