Board: Rome Freaker
Camber Option: Fusion Camber. Camber dominate camrocker with a minimal rocker out at the contact points.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, warm temps, perfect hero corduroy on the run, heavy pow off the run as well as ice and chunder.
Flex: The overall flex comes past a middle of the road freestyle flex. The board has a slightly directional feel to it with the nose being slightly softer than the tail. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex but it doesn’t overwhelm the slightly stiffer flex of this board.
Stability: The stability is there with this board. You get a tiny amount of chatter in the nose and most of that is absorbed by the Bamboo Omega Hot Rod. This is a deck that can push through most chop and chunder with relative ease.
Ollies: This board has some solid snap in it and you notice right away that the dual rods in the tail give superior rebound once you load the board. It snaps aggressively and wants to get in the air. So send it to the moon when you can or be laid back and still be pleasantly surprised with how much it pops.
Pop On Jumps: This deck is fully at home boosting off a lip. The pop of the lip is only amplified by the boost of this board and it’s a deck that wants to get into the air. Small, medium, large jumps it’s not going to matter this thing just wants to send it.
Butterability: It takes a little bit more to butter with this board. The nose is more flexible than the tail so pressing into that is easier. The big thing to note is the rebound this board has from the hot rod configuration in it. This is a board that snaps out of anything you do, while it doesn’t fight you, it’s just very reactive.
Jibbing: Presses take just a hair bit more muscle than other decks like this and there is some fight/rebound from it so prepare yourself. A little speed goes a long way on this board and knowing how to sit outside your bindings for presses will help you. Getting sideways it slightly cradles the feature but it’s more of a balancing act than anything so use your best judgement and speed when sliding sideways.
Carving: This board eases into turns with a subtle flow that only amplifies as you drive into the board. While it is a predominately camber dominate camrocker it still allows you to steer more at the insert pack than the contact points. This makes carving more nuanced with ankle flexion than anything else. When you drive aggressively into the board and push off the tail you feel those dual rods give you power which pushes you faster through the carve. It’s a board that you can be laid back with which is nice for short tight quick carves or mellow ones, but the second you want to punch it and push it to the limit you can lay it over with ease.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes power and snap with their all mountain freestyle focus.
Personal Thoughts: This board feels like a more responsive and snappier Warden. Basically a Warden on speed with a slight addiction to weight lifting so it’s more powerful. Which is great if you want to push it to the limit and drive it hard, but it still comes down and lets you be mellow with it. It won’t be the board for everyone but for those that know, they will be happy.
Comparable Boards: Academy Masters, Telos Mike Ranquet/My Story, Kemper Flight
Binding Recommendations: Rome Katana, Ride C-8, Burton Cartel