Snowboard Iskola

Board: Rome Party Mod

Size: 153

Camber Option: Contact Rocker. Flat through the middle with rocker in the tips.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Everything. Pow, chunder, chop, ice, high winds, low winds, cold to warm temps, perfect corduroy, questionable corduroy. Basically you name it I’ve ridden it.

Flex: This is your standard middle of the road park flex. More play in the tips where the rocker is, then stiffens up through the middle with a fair amount of torsional flex. Nothing surprising here except that the tips have a little rebound in them due to the rods.

Stability: It’s about as stable as you can ask for a board like this. You get chatter in the tips which is to be expected and you feel a little bit of that underfoot. The mid section is more stable and crushes through variable terrain with ease as long as you keep your knees bent.

Ollies: Here’s where this board stands out. The flat to rocker profile coupled with the rods give it a great skate like pop which means you don’t have to aggressively load it up or be calculated to get it into the air. It just wants to pop and launch you.

Pop On Jumps: The pop on this board is only accentuated by the lip of the jump which helps you boost. This board can handle just about any size jump and transition you throw at it as long as you understand it won’t grip like its cambered counter part. Land bolts on bigger jumps to avoid doing wheelies out of features.

Butterability: Here’s where this board shines the shaping and camber profile work together for you to get sideways and do what you need to do. While the rods put a little rebound into the tips you don’t end up having to man handle as much as you think, instead it just lets you pop out of whatever variation you’re doing.

Jibbing: This board is a great jib board you can lock in nose and tail presses with relative ease and then engage the rods with a little micro movement to get it to pop out of the end of the feature. When going sideways it hugs the feature perfectly and feels securely locked in.

Carving: While there are limitations on this boards edge hold when you really drive it, it more than gets the job done. It transitions smoothly and effortlessly from edge to edge. You notice how it rolls back and forth while letting you steer underfoot. When you drive it aggressively the tail can wash out so you need to learn where the limit is. Long hard drawn out carves you feel locked in for the most part. But it’s those short tight quick turns and medium carves where it shines.

Rider in Mind: Party boarding freestyle guy.

Personal Thoughts: So before everyone loses their shit that I rode this in a 53, I bought this for me. I wanted a Mod Rocker back in the day but that never happened and this being a little wider I snagged it. I got it as a fuck around jib stick with the intention that I would probably break it but it would be easier in the pre/post season and not overlap my Telos Ranquet. So with that said it’s everything I’ve wanted in a flat to rocker park board. It has snap, it presses and has rebound, it lets me be lazy as I’m almost 40 but I can still push it to the limit when I need to. It’s carefree and that’s what I want. Now go ahead and shame me because you think you know more than me about snowboards and this isn’t right for me.

Comparable Boards: Ride Zero, Arbor Westmark Rocker, Capita Indoor Survival

Binding Recommendations: Rome Katana, Ride C-6, Burton Malavita