|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rome Artifact Rocker 2016 - 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.
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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 sidecut 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 sidecut 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: Med/Soft and playful but not too soft so you can pick up some speed.
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 and it’s not bad with relatively big kickers.
Rome Artifact Rocker Past Reviews
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.
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This is your college ex-girlfriend
This is the wild party animal gymnastic side mistress you played around with in college. She was playful, she was exciting, she was flexible, and she was frickin hot up until your clothes are back on. That crazy girl has been immortalised in a snowboard: the Artifact Rocker. Here, you'll have that same feeling of astonishment as she teaches you new tricks when you play together with her flexibility. Go ahead, lift her up, grab her tips and 69-- I mean tail block-- her because she'll do it without a fight. Indeed, it is a lot of fun to experience moves that you never thought were possible on a snowboard... at first. Depending on how developed you are with your riding, the effect quickly wears off, and you'll soon find some nasty luggage that will turn you off. On hard snow, carving and edge hold are sub-par. One redeeming trait is the edge protrusions (QuickRip) that help with turning quicker and gripping slippery snow. I have owned the Artifact Rocker before and after they introduced QuickRip in 2012 and it is an improvement, although a very meager one because the board lacks the torsional rigidity to even keep those contact points in actual contact with the snow at carving speed. But, that is only a crutch and band-aid for the underlying problems of being far too soft and bent the wrong way past its usefulness. The board is an absolute natural on the jibs, but jumps leave a lot to be desired. Before breaking in, it starts off with good terrain park attributes: pop, playfulness, good impact resistance, and really fast turn initiation. After less than 20 days on each of my Artifact Rockers, the wood cores were dead. The board gets too out-of-control when beyond average speeds and loses most of the response it started off with. Just standing still with my hands practically in my pockets, I had her face flat on the snow and her ass at ninety degrees perpendicular in the air without breaking a sweat. Tail block with no hands and freezing it in that position indefinitely. In fact, my first Artifact Rocker blew open its steel edges just by doing these tail blocks standing still. It flexed beyond its own material limits. If you want a noodley jib board, the Artifact CAMBER is as far as you want to go at the very extreme, and this is for your own benefit. For the developing rider, you'll appreciate the Artifact Rocker's aloof and experimental personality to hone your tricks, butters, grabs, and other such muckery. For the advanced rider, you'll wish the board remained an experiment-- it's no good to you because you are past what this loose piece of ass can offer you. You lot should consider a Capita Stairmaster (now Thunderstick), K2 WWW, or DC PBJ as your mistresses.
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.