Board: Rome Buckshot
Camber Option: Stay Positive Camber. Traditional Camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Mostly bluebird skies, warmer temps, zero wind, and snow that was either soft corduroy, frozen chunder, soft chunder, or lumpy mashed potatoes.
Flex: The overall flex of this board is that of a true middle of the road park board. What you get is slightly softer tips and a stiffer mid section with a fair amount of torsional give.
Stability: This board is moderately stable. You get some chatter in the tips at high speeds but that doesn’t cause the board to wash out. That mid section is stable enough for plowing through ruts, chunder, and everything in between.
Ollies: There’s a ton of snap in this board. The traditional camber profile coupled with the Hot Rod in the tip and tail give insane pop. You do have to load this board up but that requires next to no effort and still has optimal return. Feel free to send it off anything in your path.
Pop On Jumps: While there weren’t any real good sized jumps at the Basin I did find myself sending it on what they had. This board is at home going off a jump. Its snap is only amplified off the lip.
Butterability: The tips on this board are smooth and easy to press into. You do have rebound from the Hot Rod as well as the camber profile, but it works in conjunction with the overall nature of the board so well. When you press in you’ll notice a little rebound so be prepared to fight it.
Jibbing: This board is a jib machine with pop. You can press into the tips with ease and it will lock into the feature. Getting sideways the board hugs the rail just fine. It’s a board that while you have to be just a bit calculated with you’re not working to get a press or slide from it.
Carving: Rip it and grip it. The edge to edge transmission is smooth and quick. The torsional flex lets you drive the board from the center out. When you load the tail up you can feel the snap and power as it drives you from one edge to the other.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that will ride the whole mountain and needs snap.
Personal Thoughts: This board never really disappoints. It’s got snap, it’s got power, it’s playful where it counts, and it feels like a board you’ve been riding forever. I should probably hype this board board now that I think about it.
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