Board: Rome Mod
Camber Option: 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: The return of winter. Over a foot of fresh snow that was heavy and wet, zero wind, above average temperatures, and low visibility.
Flex: Here’s a board that has power and precision attached to it. You get a little bit more play in the tips but not much and it has a lot of snap and rebound. Then it stiffens up underfoot and through the middle. The torsional flex is there but not overly assertive which means that you only feel it when you drive the board.
Stability: With the snow I was in which turned choppy rather fast as a late season powder day like this will do I noticed that it blasted through the mounds with ease. At speed it never waivered when forcing it through the heavy snow. There were little micro vibrations but not enough to fatigue you drastically.
Ollies: Here’s the thing with this board, it’s got pop. I mean a lot. It does take a bit of effort to load up but the response you get is so amazing. This is the board you can boost off anything with.
Pop On Jumps: Have you seen the name of Rome riders that has been attached to this deck? Yeah it’s impressive. But this is a board you can send any size jump and it will want more.
Butterability: The shape helped with some pow butters but I found you really had to lock it in over the tips. There is a sweet spot that locks in perfectly which is right on the tail end of the carbon rods.
Jibbing: This board is a high speed jib board, it always has been one. So send it fast and press it hard or make sure the board cradles a rail perfectly.
Carving: So the sidecut lends itself to ripping hard carves very well. It’s easy to initiate a turn on this board and doesn’t falter when you’re driving it hard into the arc of the carve. If you like turning, you’ll love this thing.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle guy that wants insane pop.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve been on this deck in camber form and it doesn’t disappoint. It charges hard, pops even harder, and has that grace and precision you want from a performance deck like this. It’s one of those boards that truly is a quiver of one and it won’t let you down.
Comparable Boards: Ride Burnout, Arbor Relapse, DC Mega
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