Rome Artifact Rocker 2014 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Artifact Rocker is the Rome Artifact flattened out and bent up. The flat to rocker camber profile offers a little more stability between the feet but also offers up a pretty forgiving playful ride.
Conditions: hard to soft wet spring snow.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Malavita, Union Contact Pro
Set Up: Centered 22.5-23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal
On Snow Feel: Nice stable feeling between the feet that allows you to one foot or flat base very well. It’s a mellow playful ride.
Powder: No powder to speak of but this is a board that runs on the shorter side so it’s not going to be an amazing pow board. It’s good for it’s size though.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very easy and quick edge to edge. You don’t feel the quick rip sidecut as much on the flat to rocker boards like the Artifact but it did help make it a little better if you feel the need to lean into a carve on this jib board.
Speed: Not very fast and pretty chattery. Not a mountain board.
Uneven Terrain: This soft board is fine going over or around sloppy bumps at slower speeds.
Edge Hold: Pretty solid edge hold thanks to the Quick Rip Side Cut. You can see the little bumps from the dual side cut tech just past each binding. It grabs and holds well in the harder snow without feeling overly grippy in the softer snow I encountered on other days.
Flex: Very soft buttery and playful. It just loves to play around at slower speeds.
Switch: Perfect either way.
Jibbing: I’m not a great jibber or even a good jibber but I had no problem hitting small to medium bonks and boxes. I felt it was a pretty confidence inspiring ride that was the shining part of this board.
Pipe: One day I took it through one pass of the pipe and it wasn’t that special. The edges held well enough but it just didn’t go well wall to wall for me.
Jumps: It’s fine for an ollie and it’s pretty forgiving hitting small to medium size kickers but it didn’t feel like it’s too comfortable lapping kickers in the park.
For 2013 the board is pretty much the same as 2012. If you want a well made inexpensive rockered jib board you’ll be happy with the Artifact.
For 2012 there is a little added pop compared to the 2011. It’s crazy but a little bit better than before.
The 2011 changed it up a bit and added what Rome calls the “quickrip” sidecut. This means that there is an extension of the edges after the feet and then a mini side cut after that. This helps turn initiation and the really increases the edge hold. The board went from a jib only board to a board that can handle a little more than the jib park with the extra edge hold.
The 2010 Artifact 1985 was the debut of this rocker style shape. The rocker is flat between the feet for easy sliding and then it rockers up after which makes for a stable ride between jibs but it was lacking edge hold.
Jib / Street
Beginner - Expert
Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide
SWS in Dubai
Flat to Rocker
On Snow Feel
Hard to Soft
User Reviews of the Rome Artifact Rocker
well worth a shot
I'm not a park loving guy, so a lot of people would say i was crazy for buying this board. However, my technique and riding style was in need of a serious change, i was getting bored and my progress was slow at pushing on to the next level in my ability. This board was a great buy for that. For the reasonable amount it costs, it offers you a whole lot of fun and fresh abilities and challenges alike to face. The flex alone is enough to blow your mind. I did actually break my arm riding this board, but i would put that down to the amount it urged me on to go bigger and flashier and not the boards, admittedly, slightly inadequate stability issues. If i'm being honest, if i had the money, i would buy a skate banana as it suits my style a lot more, but I will never regret buying this board, it's a lot of fun for not a lot of money. if you're looking for that little bit of crazy to take you to the next level, this must be on your shortlist.
Great jib board, most flex I've ever had in a board. Locks onto rails and boxes really well. Buttering machine, if your into ground tricks you can learn so many on this board. The rocker handles well in powder, but at any significant speed you'll feel a ton of chatter in the board. Pretty much useless outside the park. The board is really cheap and extremely lightweight so its a good entry level park board.