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.
Conditions: Spring conditions all days. Hard mornings, medium mid days and soft to slushy afternoons.
Boots: Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Diode, Flux 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.
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.
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.