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.
The 2015 Rome Artifact Rocker Snowboard has a more blunted tip/tail that makes the overall length 1 cm shorter. It has the same overall ride but it’s now just a little easier to throw around. So nice little improvement. Also the little extra something in the side cut called “Quick Rip” is gone this year making the edge hold a little less than before but it also makes it slide better on rails and boxes.
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. For 2015 The Quick Rip Side Cut is gone making the edge hold less but the jib ability a little better.
Flex: Very soft buttery and playful. It just loves to play around at slower speeds.
Switch: The only thing better is an asymmetrical board.
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.