The Artifact is one of those boards that’s just super soft and you ride it into the ground and feel no remorse when it breaks in half. Well the 85 version of it is actually beefier and a bit more snappy. Here’s my look at it.
Board: Rome Artifact 1985
Bindings: Rome 390’s
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB’s 2010
My Weight: 168
Conditions: Starting to puke a little snow down on us.
Mindset: I wonder how soft this board really is.
Tunes: Gamma Ray
Preconceived Notions: The artifact is like a wet noodle. I knew that they supposedly stiffened this up but I wanted to see how much better it is.
Flex: Super soft. Just noodley soft but stiffer just in the end of the tips.
Stability: I wouldn’t charge with it if you have the choice.
Ollies/Pop: It has better pop than a standard Artifact because of the reverse V stringers. Don’t expect mad pop but still somewhat decent. I did notice the lighter weight of the deck when throwing spins it wanted to over rotate every time.
Butterability: This thing is so light and flexy it was ridiculous the level of bending you could do to it. I didn’t feel any catch ups with this one either.
Cruising: You can do mellow carves on it but high speed charging is not practical.
Jibbing: Oh yeah this is where it slayed. Get on the jib and bend that shit like nobodies business. By stiffening it up I found it had a little bit better response especially when moving around on boxes.
Rider in Mind: Straight up Jib kid.
Personal Thoughts: I could see myself riding this in the pre and post season when it’s just jib nastiness. But for an every day board it wouldn’t be practical.
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 5-0’s. A revers-V glass stringer adds ollie pop while still maximizing the loose, press-happy nature of the reverse camber profile.
Binding Compatibility: A pretty perfect match for jibbing.
Binding Adjustability: Had these dialed from the Pusher and Postermania.
Straps: For jibbing this was perfect everything else not too into it.
Highbacks: Bent with my every whim for getting presstastic.
Binding Flex: Somewhere in the middle of the road.
Ratchets: Smooth and easy.
Rider in Mind: Park Kid.
Personal Thoughts: I still won’t own a pair of these.
What They Say: What They Say:
A merger of SDS technology and freestyle fun by the ton. Mid-flexing highbacks and super comfy gel-cushioned ankle straps provide an ample range of motion, while a megadose of INBase padding dampens harsh landings so your feet can look for the next bomb drop. Toss in the coring of the highback and UnderWrap heelhoop and you have one of the lightest bindings on your local shop wall.