Board: Rome Stale Crewzer
Camber Option: Fusion Camber. Camber dominant with a micro rocker in the tip.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 198lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Bluebird skis, warmer temps, zero wind, snow that was either crusty, chundery, lumpy, perfectly groomed, or had some dust sitting on top of it.
Flex: So this essentially feels like a stiffer Warden. Which means it’s just past a middle of the road flex. You have a little bit of flex in the tips then it stiffens up under foot to almost the middle of the board where it softens up again. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex but nothing insane.
Stability: This board is fairly stable. You get a tiny bit of chatter in the tips but it’s nothing you wouldn’t expect from a board of this caliber. In uneven and rutted out terrain it flexes with everything and never wants to wash out.
Ollies: There’s some serious pop in this board. Between the Carbon Hot Rods and camber profile you have everything you want to boost with this deck. The camber profile is easy to load up but you don’t have to be assertive with it, if you are well then you get an added bonus, but if you’re not you’re still going to pop.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on all sorts of transitions and jumps. It pops off the lip and goes higher and further with ease. You want to party board and chuck your meat here you go.
Butterability: There is a lot of rebound in the tip due to the carbon rods, so be prepared for it to fight you. The sweet spot is tiny and right where the camber section meets the rocker. This means you have to be a bit precise with how you press into the board but once you know where that sweet spot is just go for it and get your weight out over the tips.
Jibbing: A little speed is key with jibbing. It just benefits from that extra gusto as you press into or slide a feature. This board jibs with the best of them in this category and while you do have to use a little weight and muscle the board it doesn’t suck.
Carving: So there are some limitations with carving on this board. You can’t fully rail it over on edge all the time, but when you do just know that you have to really push into it to get it to lay over aggressively. With that said more mellow carves are quick and nimble and it really shines at those mid level carves where you’re driving into it and going from one side of the run to the other.
Rider in Mind: Camber loving, freestyle flexing, party boarder.
Personal Thoughts: This is just a beefed up Warden in my opinion, which is great. You get more pop, a stiffer flex, and higher end materials. This board just does what you need it to do and doesn’t suck. It’s good to see Stale put his name on a board that’s made more for the every day rider and this is it.
Comparable Boards: United Shapes Cadet, IPP Harrow, Libtech Short Wide