Board: Rome Stale Mod
Camber Option: Camber. Good old fashioned camber.
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 with a little haze, low to no winds, warmer temps, firm fast to soft and creamy snow and groomers with a little bit of push mounds and chunder.
Flex: The overall flex is stiffer than a middle of the road but it’s not a full blown plank. You have a noticeable amount of flex out at the contact point and about a third of the way back to the inserts. From there it gets stiffer to the middle of the board where the torsional flex is noticeable but not overly abundant.
Stability: The tips get a little chatter and can get knocked around in very rutted out terrain. The middle of the board is where the majority of the stability comes from and it does a decent job of pushing through chop and chunder. At high speeds this board comes alive and while you do feel the grooves in the groomers or the variations in the snow it never feels like it can’t handle them.
Ollies: This board is meant to boost. It has a lot of snap out of the nose and tail which is only extended due to it being a full cambered snowboard. You do have to load the camber up and it does take a little effort and once you disengage it to get it to pop you’ll notice how reactive it is. This helps the snap but it’s amplified by the Carbon Omega Hotrods in the tips which just give you that turbo boost of snap. Send it as hard or as mellow as you want because this thing wants to pop off everything in its path.
Pop On Jumps: Here’s where this board shines and that should come as no surprise as this is Stale Sandbech’s pro model and well he loves to hit himself some big ass jumps. It snaps off the lip with force and catapults you past the sweet spot. Small and medium jumps are a bit beneath this deck as it wants you to go to the big line and really send it but it can handle any sized feature with relative ease.
Butterability: With that softer flex in the tips you have a sweet spot for butter that you need to slightly man handle to lock into. The camber will fight you so when you get sideways or you’re swiveling around expect it to need a bit more power. It can be hooky at times so be aware of that.
Jibbing: Speed and pressure are your friend here so come into a feature a little faster and use a bit more power. You lock into presses almost completely out at the contact points and it will fight you to stay locked in as it’s highly reactive, be aware of this or your shit will look soggy. When you go sideways while the board is stiffer through the mid section the camber section takes over and slightly cradles the feature without fully embracing it which means you do more of a balancing act than letting it just hug the obstacle.
Carving: There’s a smooth and fluid edge to edge power transmission and engagement with this board. It rolls in and out of turns more underfoot than out at the contact point which is surprising for a full cambered deck. When you get on edge it feels secure but not crazy locked in and it lets you drive from the middle of the board back by loading the camber and flexing into it and pushing off the tail. Short quick set up turns or high speed medium carves are its strong suit for getting you to where you need to be. When you want to lay it over go for it and be aware that there’s a lot of power out of this board especially in the tail so give yourself some space for the speed you will exit the carve.
Rider in Mind: High end park rider that likes camber.
Personal Thoughts: I think they slightly softened this up since the last time I rode it. This was especially prevalent in the tips which had more give to them and made the board a bit more playful and easy to engage both a press, the load of the camber off the tail, and entry into a turn. That’s not a bad thing as it makes it more approachable for the average rider.
Comparable Boards: Nitro Beast, Capita Outsiders, Libtech TRS
Binding Recommendations: Rome Katana, Nitro Team Pro, K2 Formula