Board: 2017 Rome Artifact Camber
Camber Option: Regular camber throughout the entire length of the board
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Bright sunny skies and soft granular slush
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: This is a lively and poppy park board that has a much more aggressive feel than its rocker counterpart. The Artifact is also quite stiff but ended up being a really fun and stable board that reminds me a lot of the Ride Helix; this is the type of snowboard that begins to blend the lines between freestyle and all mountain.
Carving: Smooth transitions from edge to edge and the aggressiveness of camber make carving a lot of fun, it is responsive at low and high speeds and gives a satisfying spring out of any turn that loads up the camber.
Edge Hold: I was quite surprised at how well the Artifact could hold an edge, this snowboard is definitely on the upper end of the spectrum for edge hold as far as park boards go.
Flex: This board has a medium/stiff flex that is consistent and predictable throughout the entire length of the snowboard.
Stability: Ample stability at your disposal for landings and charging through uneven terrain, this board did a great job of cutting through the soft slush and finding a solid platform for your weight to come down on. A lot of this has to do with the medium/stiff flex combined with traditional regular camber and carbon fiber stringers.
Butters: This board isn’t going to hand you a nice looking butter for free, you’re going to have to work for it. I think buttering on stiffer boards can be a lot of fun though because they give a lot of pop as you ollie out of your trick and make you focus more on edge control.
Jibbing: Equipped to handle the biggest feature in the park or that spot downtown you’ve been eyeing, the Artifact holds it down on jibs; it has a very natural feeling on rails and even comes with a base specifically designed to withstand the abuse that comes along with jibbing.
Jumps: I think this is an excellent jump board. Solid control and responsiveness on the approach combined with loads of pop and stability to take you the rest of the way, I have nothing bad to say about how this board felt through the jump line.
Pop/Snap: This was such a lively board and had loads of pop readily available at all times, you can get a lot of extra boost out of this thing with minimal effort.
Switch: No noticeable difference riding regular or switch on this true twin park board.
Recommendations: If you’re looking for the park board ready to hit any feature in the park, big or small, or just progress your park skills and start riding some larger features the Artifact is going to be a great choice. It is also a really aggressive carver that does well outside of the terrain park, too.
Two major standouts for me is the amount of pop this board can dish out as well as stability through carves and landings.
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