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: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of sun, blue skies, clouds, grey skies, high winds, firm snow, soft snow, chunder snow, and ice.
Flex: This board is soft yet responsive. You have a playful area in the tips that you can really press into, then a stable area under foot, and finally more play between the feet. The torsional give is highly abundant.
Stability: It was a 147 and that makes me a bit over the weight range, but that being said it didn’t fold underneath me. There was a sense that this board wanted to stay locked in whether flat based or on edge. At high speeds in uneven and rutted out terrain I noticed a little bit of chatter, but nothing major.
Ollies: Between the rod in the tips and camber profile this board has some snap. You can load it up and just boost.
Pop On Jumps: I was on a 147 so not the most ideal for hitting jumps but I made due. This board has the snap you need and will get you to the knuckle or sweet spot with ease.
Butterability: You can press into the tips with ease and this board won’t fold. There’s enough surface area to swivel around and play on the snow. Overall this board butters well and has that snap from a cambered deck to help you.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is immense which helps for locking into presses. The overall flex of the board is great if you get on a box and want to go sideways or dance around. Having traditional camber allows this deck to hug a rail as you go sideways.
Carving: While not the most aggressive sidecut on the planet it has enough to let you rail a turn here or there. I did wash out when trying to get really Euro on one aggressive toeside carve, I attribute this more to the boards size. I found that long drawn out carves kept this deck locked in plowing through the snow.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that wants some snap and a easy to initiate board.
Personal Thoughts: I would have liked to have been on the 151, but I’ll settle for what they sent. The board is playful yet responsive which makes it fun to turn the mountain into a little skatepark. Side hits become launch ramps and snow curbs become obstacles to slide. Over all it’s not bad board but there’s a lot of overlap in this and other boards in the Rome lineup.
Check out the past reviews of the 2017 Buckshot.
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