The Rome Artifiact is another great jib park snowboard from Rome and one of the few true camber boards left in the jib park. It’s pretty poppy and very easy to press/butter for a camber board. Rome makes great boards and although camber isn’t as popular these days it still does a great job in the park.
The 2015 Rome Artifact Snowboard blunted the tip/tail more and shortened up the ride by 1 cm making it a little more playful and easier to throw around. It’s still the same general ride but just a little better now. Also the “Quick Rip Sidecut” was removed this year making the edge hold a little less but easier to jib with.
Conditions: Nice sierra snow
Boots: Burton Hail
Bindings: Flux DS
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back 22.5″ wide
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
On Snow Feel: Nice stable easy feel that wan’ts to play in the jib park. It’s also got a bit of a jump park feel to it. It’s not that catchy for a camber board and it feels pretty forgiving. Still it’s more catchy than the Artifact Rocker.
Turn Initiation: Very quick and easy edge to edge and it feels like a fun board to make quick snappy turns with.
Flex: Nice soft playful buttery feel that makes it really fun to play around with and it’s easy to butter. It takes a little bit more effort to butter than the Artifact Rocker but you are rewarded with more snap than the tip/tail.
Edge Hold: Actually I thought the edge hold would be a little better but it’s about the same as the Artifact Rocker.
Powder: Didn’t ride powder but would hate to take this blunted nose 153 camber board in anything more than 1 foot.
Carving: Not a bad little carver for such a soft and playful jib to park board.
Speed: Pretty chattery and not ready for mountain speed kind of ride.
Uneven Terrain: Easy through bumps if you take a wrong turn on the way to the park.
Switch: Same either way. The only thing we feel is easier is asymmetrical boards.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail and I really enjoyed an ollie off this board. It’s a great board for small to medium air but it’s not really a go big board.
Jibbing: If you like camber boards in the jib park this is a very forgiving easy and fun ride there. I’m not a strong jibber by any means but I didn’t feel like the camber feel sucked my confidence. I liked the Artifact Rocker here but if you are a better jibber then
Pipe: Eh….I didn’t go there.
So all in all the Artifact provides a nice old school snappy jib to small jump ride that many riders could appreciate.
In 2010 the Artifact had bronze edges and a normal sidecut making it pretty much a pure jib board. It makes for a shitty ride on icy cat tracks but blows minds on rails or anything that tries to stick to the boards rails. In 2011 the Artifact added a new sidecut and changed the rails back to steel. This changed the dynamics of the board to make this a a jib board that can handle other things in the park as well as play around on the mountain without high expectations. The new side cut is the key element here because the extension of the edges past the bindings creates better edge hold and makes it easier to carve. The change in side cut brought the edge hold from rough to good. As you ride more rails and hit more jibs it will go to average. In 2012 the Artifact refined the ride a bit and added a newer pop tech to make it a bit more poppy but the ride is very similar to 2011. In 2013 & 2014 The Artifact stayed with the same design as the 2012. All in all the Rome Artifact is a fun camber jib board that can do ok in other places as well.