Have to give credit to Rome for using old school skateboard inspired graphics for a deck that really is like a skateboard for the snow. I wanted to hop on an easy ride at the end of the day and this deck was readily available, even though I’ve been on it before I decided to hop on it again.
Board: Rome Artifact 1985
Camber Option: Reverse Free, typical 3 stage rocker with 5mm’s of rise.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: End of the day still bluebird but lots of shade
Preconceived Notions: I’ve ridden this board before I know it’s a beefed up Artifact with their rocker on it. Wasn’t expecting it to be more than a late afternoon skateboard on snow session.
Flex: Somewhere above jib noodle but below all mountain freestyle, lingering in the land of just enough to squeak past being a total craptacular ride.
Stability: Some but don’t expect too much it’s still a jib stick after all.
Ollies/Pop: Beefed up with carbon this board does actually pop a lot better than others on the market.
Butterability: It’s an Artifact come on now, if it didn’t butter then what would be the point of it?
Cruising: Edge to edge it’s fine don’t expect to rail Euro-carves but it can still do a solid turn from time to time.
Jibbing: High point of this deck it locks in to presses and does what it needs to do.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that wants reverse camber and a little more snap to it.
Personal Thoughts: It’s actually not a bad board for what it is, if the edges were a bit more beefed up it’d be a stronger board all around.
What They Say: Go Shred or Go Home—if the Bones Brigade crew took a time warp to the slopes of Big Bear in 2010, they’d probably all be pushin’ the retina-bursting Artifact ‘85s. The camber profile’s flat mid section gives between-the-feet stability for locking into backlips, while the reverse camber tip and tail make for perfect 5-0s. A Reverse-V glass stringer adds ollie pop while still maximizing the loose, press-happy nature of the reverse camber profile.
Binding Compatibility: Not too over powering not under powering by any means.
Binding Adjustability: So many quick adjusts on this binding it’s insane.
Straps: Do their job real well and grip where they need to.
Highbacks: Stiffer on the outside of the foot, softer on the inside allowing for better power distribution and presses.
Binding Flex: All mountain freestyle reigns supreme with this binding.
Ratchets: Work smoothly and have the wide mouth feed so they go in super easily.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guy anyone from a park kid to a big mountain man.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve owned 4 pairs of these bindings it’s the only binding I trust 100% and use every day I ride that I’m not demoing products.
What They Say: Your skills are advancing at exponential levels. You need equipment that is equally as capable and the Formula is your answer.
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