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Gentemstick Rocket Fish HP Snowboard Review and Buying Advice

Gentemstick Rocket Fish HP 2017 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Gentemstick Rocket Fish HP is one of those very unique quiver boards that isn’t for everyone but for some might be a really fun time.  It’s a small board with a very narrow stance width so it’s made to ride different than your average board. Nothing has changed from 2015-2017.

Size: 144
Days:  3
Conditions:  Spring conditions all days.  Hard mornings, medium mid days and soft to slushy afternoons.
Riders: James
Boots: Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Burton CartelBurton DiodeFlux SF
Set Up: 15 front 0 back about 20″ wide (max stance width), 15 front 6-9 back 20″ wide

Approximate Weight: Felt light and well built built even for a 144

On Snow Feel:  Really unique feel.  You do feel it being so far back on the tail so it requires much more front foot steering than you normally would on a surfy tapered board like this. Even though it’s really wide it feels small and quick and like you are on a 144.  Now for me droping my stance width down to 20″ from 23″ put me in a place where I was never completely comfortable the 3 days I rode this.  At 23″ I’m just a tiny bit outside my shoulders so going to 20″ really puts my feet inside my shoulders and reduces my balance. I think I’d need a week or 2 of riding to truly feel comfortable with this stance width.

Turn Initiation: Very quick and snappy edge to edge.  Almost too quick for my taste and at first with the SF’s mounted I found myself washing out the tail and flipping it around switch which isn’t ideal.  After a while I got use to it and dialed back my turns.

Flex:   Pretty stiff.

Edge Hold:   There isn’t much effective edge but what’s there holds well enough.

Powder:   No powder but there is a lot of surface area and I’m sure it will sit atop the snow. Actually a friend of mine owns a Rocketfish and his does so I’m sure this will too.

Carving: Not really a super fun carver.

Speed:   Ok for the size but not a bomber.

Uneven Terrain:   In uneven snow I thought this would be super quick and easy but for some reason i found that this bucked me around in the bumps and messy end of the day snow like it was unwillingly mounted.

Switch:   Nope

Jumps:   Not bad but I really liked hitting the air on the other boards.  Maybe it was the narrow stance width that never really gave me the confidence to launch and land off natural features.

Jibbing:   Nope!

Pipe:  eh……naaah.

So all in all the Gentemstick Rocketfish HP wasn’t the kind of ride that I was comfortable with and I never got past the narrow stance width.  However if you have a narrow surfy stance then this might work as a fun quiver pow board.  Out of all the boards I rode from Gentemstick this felt the most like a true powder board where the rest could handle groomers almost as well as they could powder. It’s very much a quiver powder board.

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Riding Style

Powder

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

China

Shape

Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber

Stance

Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Light

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Excellent

Carving

Average

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Average

Switch

Poor

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor