Board: Rome National
Camber Option: Fusion Camber. Camrocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of sun and clouds, firm snow to fast and chundery snow, with a lot of wind and warmer temps.
Flex: This board comes in right around a middle of the road. You have a sweet spot out by the end of the tips, then it’s a little stiffer from there through the inserts, and finally there’s a center flex point that is a bit more playful. There’s a moderate amount of torsional flex which helps drive this board.
Stability: This board is moderately stable but it is also lively. You’ll notice some chatter in the tips but it doesn’t fully reverberate back under foot. In rutted out terrain it never had a problem staying on top of things but you could definitely feel it impact.
Ollies: This board is designed to have pop. You’ll load up that camber section which activates the rocker section and the hot rod and it will rebound. It’s relatively easy to load up and doesn’t have the full pop of traditional camber but the snap is still very solid.
Pop On Jumps: Small to large this things got you covered. It just wants to boost off a lip with ease so expect to get some solid pop and be rather sendy with it.
Butterability: The sweet spot in the tips isn’t immense, but compared to previous years models it’s noticeably more soft and you can press into it aggressively. You might want to tone it down because you can over power it. There is some rebound in this board so prepare yourself to pop out of whatever butter variation you’re doing.
Jibbing: This board holds its own on jibs. It locks into presses and holds them well. You’ll notice that right away. When sideways that camber section hugs the feature perfectly fine.
Carving: This board is quick and nimble. What’s nice is that you can really center flex this board and load it up to pop out of carves. From short quick turns to long hard drawn out Euro-Carves this board does them all with ease. It grips well and never feels like its going to wash out.
Rider in Mind: Quiver of one all mountain rider.
Personal Thoughts: Softening up the tips on this board took a little to get used to as the previous model I rode was a bit more assertive with how you steered it. This time around it’s more playful and freestyle focused. This board is on par with other twinish all mountain boards.
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