Snowboard Iskola

Board: Rome Gang Plank

Size: 156

Camber Option: Contact Rocker. Flat through the middle with rocker in the tip and tail.

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 blue skies with some clouds, warmer temps, ice, frozen corduroy, chunder, death cookies, scraped off groomers, and typical preseason crap.

Flex: The overall flex comes in just a hair below middle of the road. You have softer tips that have a ton of rebound in them due to the Bamboo Omega Hotrods. Then you hit the flat section through the middle where it’s a little stiffer. The torsional flex is highly abundant allowing you to twist this board as you need to.

Stability: With the vast majority of this board being flat you get a nice stable section. You will see a little chatter in the tips at high speed but the Hotrods help minimize its impact underfoot. In really rutted out terrain you can get bucked around.

Ollies: This board has 100% skate pop to it. Meaning there’s no load to this board to get it to engage, you just roll back on the tail and let it rebound and you’re in the air. The pop is nice and predictable which makes you have a more calculated engagement, but you never feel like it can’t do what you need it to do.

Pop On Jumps: So as it was preseason I had to deal with hitting the smallest kiddie jump ever and lets just say it did a great job of popping off that two foot lip. This is a board that really lets you not be hyper focused on popping but instead of what you’re doing while still being able to boost. It’s designed for small to medium jumps.

Butterability: The tips have a nice sweet spot right at the end of the Hotrods that lets you lock in but still gives it some rebound to pop out of any butter variation. The overall flex is very freestyle forgiving so you can play around till your hearts content and work on perfecting your buttery sauciness.

Jibbing: This is where this board truly shines. It locks in with ease on a press and holds it till you want to pop out. When you get sideways it hugs the feature but never feels like it’s going to clap out.

Carving: Hope you like mellow carves, because that’s what this boards meant for. It can be pushed aggressively into a more deep carve but there’s limitations and you’ll feel it instantly when the tail starts to buckle and kick you out. On straight sheet ice the flat to rocker profile doesn’t has as much engagement as if this board had mellow camber and it will start to skid out.

Rider in Mind: Jibber that likes a little snap in their board.

Personal Thoughts: It’s gotten a new shape and that’s nice, but there’s a consistency to the Gang Plank since it’s inception that makes it feel like a board you’ve ridden for years. It’s nice that you get good pop from a board that doesn’t have camber and it’s very effortless with how you engage it. Overall it’s a solid flat to rocker offering for someone that has a skate style approach to riding the mountain.

Comparable Boards: Yes Dicey, K2 World Peace, Arbor Westmark Rocker

Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Bent Metal Joint, Union Contact Pro