Bataleon Jam/Goliath vs. Rome Anthem
I know I'm over analyzing this, but to ease my mind I need some oppinions.
I'm 6'2", about 185-190 lbs, size 10 boot, been riding for 17 years in Utah. I love to freeride--powder, steeps, trees, cliffs, jumps, groomers, natural features etc but don't spend much time in the park, and don't mess with rails. I would say 75% all mountain freeride, 15% backcountry (and backcountry kickers up to 40'), 10% park. I ride pretty hard, but I'm not what I used to be when I had the time to ride 75-100 days per year.
Last year I replaced an old K2 A-star 162 with a Rome Anthem 162. I put about 15 days on it last year and I'm still not 100% sold on it. It seems a little stiff and lifeless to me, and when bombing groomers it gets a little chattery (tried to de-tune, still does it). I like to play around a little bit on the flat land, and I really can't get the Anthem to do much for me--I was much more confortable on the A-star and the Burton Rippy 56 I had prior to that.
So, I have a chance to get a really good deal on a Bataleon board, but I'm back and forth between the Goliath and The Jam--161 in both. Same physical specs on both, but the Jam is stiffer (5 vs 7 on the Bataleon scale), is set back slightly futher, and has s sintered base.
Does anyone have any experience with an Anthem vs. either of these Bataleon boards? I like the sintered base on the Jam, but I'm worried it would still be stiffer than I want. I guess my biggest question is how stiff is The Jam compared to an Anthem?
Is the extruded/sintered base hybrid on the goliath really that much slower? It's been years since I've been on anything other than sintered.
Thanks for any help
Last edited by Rocksvillebeer; 12-23-2009 at 12:02 AM.