Rome Artifact - 2012

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Riding the Artifact with positive camber is a very different experience to riding the noodley Atrifact Rocker. The spec and features are identical but the use of camber is a complete game change. Poppy off jumps and airing onto rails and still extremely easy to press, the Artifact only gains from reverting back to camber.

Manufacturer's Description:

What it likes: Ollie pop into rail tricks; Ollie pop out of rail tricks; blunts and 5-0s without “cheating”; the crisp feel of camber throughout the park; butter fun on the locals’ run; creative street features

Recommended for park riding.

Recommended for rail riding.

Low cost $

Camber Construction.

Twin Shape.

Year: 2012

Available Lengths (cm):
142, 144, 147, 150, 153, 156

Riding Style: Freestyle/Park

Specifications:

HotRods: Glass Single Barrel
Quickrip Sidecut Technology
Glass Impact Plates
Impact Core Matrix
Straightbiax Laminate
Impact Base
Stay Positive Camber

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Rome Artifact Pro Snowboard - Men's
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Rome Artifact Pro Snowboard - Men's
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$423.96
(20% off)
Rome Artifact Pro Snowboard - Men's
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Rome Artifact

Snowboard Review:

Released six years ago, the Artifact has traditionally been Rome’s jib dedicated ride, flexed and shaped for rails, ledges, boxes and barrels. This year however Rome has decided to add a touch of spice to the Artifact, adding Hotrods to give it more all-round park performance.

I’ve got to say off the bat that I really enjoyed the Rome Artifact, it is flexible enough for jibbing rails and pressing all manner of butters on piste but still stiff enough to hold its own carving on fresh groomers. This won’t be the case for everybody as I’m fairly light but I found the flex was even firm enough to ride the pipe confidently in the pipe, I’d even call it stable.  At the boards heart is a core manufactured from 40% recycled material, designed for lightweight strength particularly in compression. Between the glass and the snow is Rome’s Impact base; an extruded base that is durable and fast. Another nice feature of this year’s Artifact is the inclusion of the QuickRip sidecut which holds a firm edge and even responds well to snowboarding that doesn’t involve sliding on something other than snow.

With all this technology it’s easy to see why the Artifact is a Rome team favourite. It is easy to ride with responsive sidecut; it hits the park like no other combining stability and tons of flexibility into one ride. In my opinion Rome have the blend mixed just right as not only did I find it was one of my favorite boards of the test in the park but it was up with my favourite all-mountain boards outside of the confines of the park too!

Marketing at $370 it’s easy to see why this board has been so popular with the masses over the years, and the thing is it gets better every year! If you know freestyle is your thing I couldn’t recommend a better board. No matter if you are a beginner or a veteran this board will dominate the park and hold up cruising too.

Highlights:
Much more all-mountain than I was expecting
Good blend of flex and stability
Good edge hold and a responsive sidecut

Letdowns
Perhaps not ideal for heavy riders

Posted by Aly Mac in • Rome

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What colour is powder?

nate on December 20, 2011 at 09:28 AM

Hi, im trying to decide between this and the capita stairmaster. Which would you recomend and which is more flexible? Im also 6 ft 150 lbs so what size would be best for me?