Board: Rome Ravine Select
Camber Option: Free The Ride Camber. A set back traditional camber with rocker in the nose.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 190lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Spring chunder and everything in between. Soft creamy snow, frozen snow, firm groomers, soft groomers, and slush with zero wind and bluebird skies.
Flex: Obviously this is going to have a directional flex to it and as it’s the Select model it’s already a given it will be stiffer than the regular Ravine. So of course you’re going to have a slightly softer nose that progressively stiffens up through the middle of the board to the tail. There’s also a little bit of torsional flex to this deck. The overall flex is just slightly above middle of the road.
Stability: This board while a little looser in the nose stiffens up by the front insert pack and works its way back to the tail as being more stable. In rutted out terrain it occasionally will get bucked around if you really push it but for the most part it gets the job done.
Ollies/Pop: This board has some serious snap off the tail. When you load up that set back camber you get immense rebound from it and this board will get you into the air. You like launching a side hit, send it.
Butterability: So with the nose being scooped out with their Directional Diamond 3D it creates a scoop that is easy to manipulate and swivel around. When you get up on the nose it locks into a press and just holds it with ease, there’s a little pop out of it but nothing that fights you. The tail on the other hand takes a bit more effort as it’s stiffer and those carbon rods give it more fight. Prepare to work it a bit harder on the tail.
Carving: This board rolls in and out of turns effortlessly, a lot of that is due to the 3D shaping in the nose. This also cuts down the tip contact point so you don’t engage fully out by the upkick but more closer to the front insert pack. When laying this board over it grips and locks in but it’s still not so aggressive that you feel you’re just fighting it from turn to turn.
Rider in Mind: The guy that felt the regular Ravine wasn’t enough for them.
Personal Thoughts: I get where the Select sits in the Ravine family. This thing is perfect for anyone that felt the regular version wasn’t stiff enough for them. It’s got power where you want it and snap as you need it but you don’t feel like you’re man handling it all the time.
Comparable Boards: Jones Hovercraft, Nidecker Area, Ride Super Pig