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Old 03-13-2013, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my review of the Rome Garage Rocker. I purchased this board as a blem and extra cheap off of Evo.com for the sole purpose of transitioning from big mountain riding to...jibbing *gasp*! Living in the city, I decided that between work and school I would spend some time at the local hill when i could and learn to jib/work on my airs.

Review: 11 days use. 154 length. Rider: 5'9 190lbs

The Tech.
For those who dont know, The Rome Garage Rocker is an entry level soft boardf and for the price there is quite a bit of tech in it. Here are the basics: Extruded base, flat mid-section, rocker tip and tail, bamboo and glass stringers for pop and stability, and what they call "Quick-Rip sidecut" which acts as a type of edge hold enhancer due to two sidecuts. The concept is that at slow speeds, you only engage the middle sidecut and at higher speeds, you engage the full edge-and where the cuts meet acts as a type of really mellow magne-traction.

The Ride:
Initially tough to get used to as it was my first board with NO camber. While it was near impossible to catch an edge, that also proved true when you really wanted to make a hard turn, it was a bit difficult to maintain a solid carve on anything that was hard, but once up to a good speed, it definitely improved which i found surprising, but a testament to the "quick-rip". It was pretty soft and quite easy to butter and had a fair amount of pop to it as well. it was really fun in terms of buttering on rails, very forgiving when landing a bit off the fall-line coming off a jump. Here is a breakdown of the conditions I had it on:

Groomers & Speed: Tough to grab an edge unless you got up to speed to engage the entire sidecut including the quickrip. Once you link a few good turns, it actually transitions edge to edge quite well and the flex of the board made it really easy to pop a high speed 180 on the groom and grab your edge back quick. It wasnt overly stable at high speeds, perhaps its simply the lack of camber to give you that locked in feeling.

Switch & Rails/jib: Really soft and playful, true twin so switch was no problem. It felt pretty decent on a rail, no issues with edges grabbing (i did NOT detune it) when 50-50. The extruded base worried me a bit, but after 10 days, other than a few scratches that arent deep enough to see post-wax, no damage!

Pipe & Jumps: The halfpipe was my LEAST favorite are to have this board in...when climbing the wall (icy pipe), i always felt my edge skid out and in turn would lose a significant amount of speed/height as a result. If I plan on riding the pipe, I will NOT be using this board, I will bring my full cambered board. Jumps were alot of fun on this, a good amount of pop and the rocker/flat meant crooked landings were not an issue. Due to the flex of the board, landing heavy on the tail was not fun, it would fold up and toss me forward so that was an adjustment to be made on my part. This board is quite light which made any spinning easy as well.

I didnt have it on any pow (nor will i) but overall for what I got this board was fun and inexpensive. Im sure there are much beter jib boards out there, and if I plan on getting serious about jibs, Ill upgrade.

If you are looking for a cheap end of season board that you wont feel bad about ruining on a rail, this is a good option!

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Old 03-29-2014, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What size boot do you wear? I was looking at this board. I am the same size as you. I wear a size 11 and sometimes need a wider board. Do you still like the board?

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Bought this board on geartrade, helped bigtime with my switch, spinning, butters & jumps
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I got a 2013 154cm one from evo.com for $135. (I'm around 187lbs and got a shorter version) Rome Garage Rocker Snowboard 2013 | evo outlet

You can get a 2014 version for $195 Rome Garage Rocker Snowboard 2014 | evo

I'm a noob in the park but this board is inexpensive and has a lot of flex and pop. Plus you wont worry about destroying it since you didn't pay an arm and a leg for it. I tried it through powder and that was a serious leg work out since its rocker/flat/rocker, but as someone stated earlier it's real easy to ride switch which I love doing, but I would just get this board mainly for park riding. It carves well on groomers at higher speeds as well. A lot of people complemented the board on its looks as well or asked about the board itself.
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[QUOTE=Simon Birch;1687905]I got a 2013 154cm one from evo.com for $135. (I'm around 187lbs and got a shorter version) Rome Garage Rocker Snowboard 2013 | evo outlet

Simon…. I bought 2013 Rome 154W Garage Rocker last year used off gear trade. Great board. It really helped me in riding switch, hit boxes, butter, spin and jumping. Profile RFR (rocker-flat-rocker) is a tried and true. Edge hold is pretty good also. Smart buy!
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Simon…. I bought 2013 Rome 154W Garage Rocker last year used off gear trade. Great board. It really helped me in riding switch, hit boxes, butter, spin and jumping. Profile RFR (rocker-flat-rocker) is a tried and true. Edge hold is pretty good also. Smart buy!
Yeah its a fun board to putz around and learn how to do (or attempt) tricks, buttering, switch etc. All my friends who I sometimes board with think I'm nuts for buying this board and three other boards this season, well in my defense one was stolen and I had to replace it heh. They all just want one board that can do everything, I prefer boards that specialize in one certain thing. Besides who doesn't want a full quiver?
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