Board: Rome Ravine
Camber Option: Free-the-ride 3d camber. 3D rocker in the nose, a flat section, into a setback camber.
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 blue and grey skies turning into a snow squall. Cooler temps, couple inches of fresh off the perfect groomers, and some wind.
Flex: This board has that freestyle flex we all know and love but with a slight directional twist thrown on it. So softer nose, slightly stiffer mid section, and then the tail is the stiffest part. Overall it’s a middle of the road directional all mountain flex.
Stability: This board is really lively which means you feel everything with it. It’s not unstable, you just have to be prepared to keep those knees bent and know that this board isn’t going to be damp or dead.
Ollies: That camber profile coupled with the Hot Rods in the tail give this board supreme boost. It’s easy to load up and the rebound is immense, you will launch off everything in front of you.
Pop On Jumps: Send it. Small to large-ish jumps it’s got you covered. I didn’t hit anything too big with it but I wouldn’t hesitate to send it if I had to.
Butterability: That nose is the perfect platform for buttering on. You pop a 180 and it just locks in and holds till you want to pop out. The tail is a bit stiffer and requires more work but it’s not enough that it’s going to over power you and force you to work for it.
Jibbing: Keep it simple it’s not a jib deck. Nose presses are a breeze, tail presses take a little more work due to the stiffer tail. Getting sideways the board tends to favor the back foot due to the camber profile.
Carving: Here’s where you can shine on this board. Get deep and let it rip. This board is quick and nimble it transitions from toe to heel smoothly. There’s enough torsional flex to load the tail of the board and get it to slingshot you out of turns.
Rider in Mind: Rad dad or someone that wants to hit the whole mountain with one board.
Personal Thoughts: So Kevin has raved about this board but I hadn’t had a chance to get on it yet. He’s right for the praise. This board was one of those decks I got on and didn’t want to get off. It rips turns, slashes pow, has a freestyle focus to it that makes it playful where you want it but still stable enough to go freeride. It’s a quiver killer type of board.
Check out the past reviews of the 2019 Ravine.
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