Snowboard Iskola

Board: Rome National

Size: 156

Camber Option: Fusion camber. Micro rocker in the tips with camber through the middle.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Side 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Mostly bluebird skies with the occasional cloud, low winds, warmer temps, hot pow on top of perfect corduroy, lumpy chunder, rutted out pow, a little ice in spots, and some perfect hero snow for good measure.

Flex: Thsi board comes in just past a middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex. I feel they stiffened it up just a hair since the last time I rode it. You have a little more play in the tips but not much then a stiffer mid section with a moderate amount of torsional flex to it. Pretty standard fair for a board like this.

Stability: The camber section through the middle gives you the most stability and really does a good job of absorbing micro vibrations, more aggressive chatter in rutted out terrain as well as body jarring hits are felt more. The tips get a bit of flap at high speeds and you do feel some of that resonate back underfoot.

Ollies: I’ll be honest Fusion Camber pretty much rides like traditional camber due in part to the length of the camber zone. When you load it up it’s very reactive and you get the bonus of the Carbon Omega Hotrods that amplify the snap. This is a board that wants to get in the air and is very snappy.

Pop On Jumps: This board boosts, it’s fully at home on jumps from any size. The pop off the lip is only amplified by the snap of this board and it wants to get you in the air. Don’t sweat sending it on this thing at all.

Butterability: The tips take a bit more work to butter on and that’s fine you have an immense camber zone into a smaller rocker section. This is the ideal flex point and sweet spot. It will lock in when you get your weight over it and push into it but it’s not going to be an overly aggressive butter. When you get sideways on the nose or tail you pretty much end up sitting on the flex point and it holds.

Jibbing: Speed and muscle are key with this board. You will find yourself really pressing into this deck to feel locked in and it will fight you almost the whole time. That’s nice if you want snap out of the feature, but for someone more laid back it requires more effort. With it being a slightly stiffer board when you get sideways the camber sets down on the feature but barely caresses it and creates more of a balance beam effect. Once again speed is key here.

Carving: There’s a quick and nimble transition from edge to edge with this board that has a lot of power out of the tail. When you lay it over on edge and drive hard through the center it wants to react to the pressure you’re applying and push you through the turn with excessive speed. Short quick turns are a breeze as are medium carves. The one thing to note is the power that any carve variation has in and out of turns.

Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle charger.

Personal Thoughts: This board is a little stiffer since the last time I rode it which gives it a bit more power. That’s nice as it gives you more versatility in the all mountain category while only sacrificing the freestyle aspect of it. This gives better spring, more drive in and out of a turn, and the ability to plow through anything in its path.

Comparable Boards: Yes Standard, Nitro Team Pro, Capita Mega Merc

Binding Recommendations: Rome Katana, Nitro Team, K2 Formula